Bar Biscay

It's All Jamon and Albariño at West Town's Newest Tapas Spot

Take a Deep, Iberian Dive into Bar Biscay

By Sarah Freeman ·
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Welcome to Spain's other coast.

The one in Chicago with the great gin and tonics and tapas.

Aka Bar Biscay, the newest West Town restaurant and perhaps the only one with a pronounced thing for jamón and Tempranillo, opening tonight.

From the seafood-lovers who brought you mfk, comes this airy lounge filled with natural wood and backlit booths where you can get comfortable over a Basque gin and tonic on tap

You'll find a bit of a '90s feel going on here, with illuminated cubes filled with bottles of mezcal and white brick walls leading to an open kitchen.

And your evening here will go something like this: You arrive early, sometime between 3 and 6pm, to take advantage of pillowy gougères and other little pintxos at the bar during happy hour. Then you'll follow with an order of vermouth-aioli-topped potatoes and sausage-stuffed peppers swimming in spicy mornay sauce at your table.

Those will all go nicely with the French and Spanish wines that seem to never stop flowing, especially if you get your hands on a porrón. 

But should you feel that you lack the dexterity to aim an active stream of Albariño directly into your open mouth at arm's length, then opt for a cocktail. The sherry Old Fashioned definitely requires less coordination.

And significantly less clean up.

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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