Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Cocktail Lounge From Violet Hour Alum

Barrelhouse Flat interior shot. (Photo: Thrillist)

Stephen Cole made a name for himself at The Violet Hour, but now it's time for him to do his own thing.

So he's stepping out with a new project called Barrelhouse Flat, which is opening in Lincoln Park next Monday.

Our friends at Thrillist got an exclusive sneak preview and here's what they had to say about it:

"Because the Great Depression spawned some great depressants, go check out The Barrelhouse Flat, a two-floored temple to classic cocktailing named for the '30s blues song by Mary Johnson, housed in a brick- and wood paneling-heavy 1892 building now sporting a vintage lounge-y upstairs equipped with a pool table and fireplace, so, just like FDR, you may have difficulty walking after a fireside chat.

"The drink program, directed by a Violet Hour alum, is broken down into sections for Stirred, Shaken/Swizzled, Bubbles, and Egg, with housemade sodas & bitters going into 60-plus classic libations like the Ford Cocktail (London dry gin, dry vermouth, Benedictine, orange bitters), the rum/ lime/ grapefruit/ Maraschino'd Papa Doble, and the tequila/ Creme de Cassis /ginger soda /lime El Diablo . . ."

Here's the complete cocktail menu. I'm just happy to see something open in Lincoln Park beyond the typical sports bars!

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