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Mini-review: Sidecar Bar

LGBT-friendly Rogers Park cocktail lounge

March 07, 2012|By Emily Van Zandt | Redeye

Sidecar Bar

6920 N. Glenwood Ave. 773-764-2826

Rating: 2 (out of four) Give it some time

The scene: Sidecar used to be under-the-Red-Line-honky-tonk bar Duke’s, and judging by the comments from the crowd on a recent Saturday, the place has really changed. Most of the bar space was filled by 7 p.m. with mostly older gay couples, with a few groups even spreading out to tables in the side room. You won’t see a rainbow flag waving out front, but the bar’s LGBT-friendly and ran by Colm Treacy (who also owns T’s in Andersonville) and his partner Tom Hoang. It's dark—so dark you might think it’s closed when you walk by—and kind of hard to find (No, you’re not going down an alley. The bar really does face the wall holding up the Red Line), but an easy walk from nearby draws like the Mayne Stage Theater.

The drinks: Sidecar is trying to shake things up in Rogers Park with a list of $10 classic cocktails, but the price doesn’t seem to fit the neighborhood or the quality. The namesake sidecar was overly sweet and doctored up with a squirt of something from the gun—unexpected for a drink that’s typically just cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. A not-mixed-enough negroni left me sipping through layers of booze. Simple well drinks or beer (they have a handful on tap and a longer list of bottles) may be the way to go for now.

Bottom line: The drinks missed the mark, but another LGBT-centric bar in Rogers Park—already home to Jackhammer, Parlour and Touche—adds to its appeal as a Boystown alternative. | @redeyedrinks. Writers visit bars unannounced and pay for their own drinks.

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