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Double Door to open downstairs speakeasy Door No. 3

  • Double Door will add a basement speakeasy, Door No. 3, in the coming weeks.
Double Door will add a basement speakeasy, Door No. 3, in the coming weeks. (Clayton Hauck/for RedEye )
July 10, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

Double Door, the 19-year-old Wicker Park live music mainstay, would like its forthcoming basement speakeasy to become your neighborhood bar.

"Double Door has been so performance-driven," co-owner Sean Mulroney said. "As soon as the band’s last chord is ringing through the room, people head out the door to someone else’s bar."

With the addition of a subterranean speakeasy, called Door No. 3, Mulroney would like those concert-goers to head downstairs for a post-show cocktail, beer and some more music.

While the upstairs concert area is mostly a shot-and-a-beer-type operation, Door No. 3 will feature a cocktail list and craft beer in addition to DJs and some performance acts. Additional space has been cleared out in the basement to accommodate leather booths as well as a semi-private area with lounge seating.

The speakeasy, which will be accessible through a back door off the alley under the Damen Blue Line tracks, is set to grand open within the next few weeks. Mulroney said booths and other final touches still are arriving in the space.

The space will debut Wednesday with a "teaser" preview night and is expected to grand open the first week in August.

Though it may seem like a departure for the iconic music venue, Mulroney said it's in line with Double Door's history.

"Double Door's been a bar since before Prohibition," he said. "The upstairs used to be a whorehouse. Let’s go back to the feel that it had back in that day when we weren’t supposed to be drinking."

kbernot@tribune.com  @redeyeeatdrink

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