“Speakeasies” have been my bars of choice lately. Lucky for me and other fans of these 1920s era dives, the spirit of the speakeasy is still alive and well in Chicago.
The Drifter is a new favorite of mine. It’s located in the basement of popular bar Green Door Tavern. Walk down the stairs like you are going to the bathroom, and there’s a wooden door on the right-hand side of the stairs. On busy nights, a host or hostess will be standing outside the door to take your name, but on slower evenings, you can just knock and someone will let you in.
The space is small and dark in true speakeasy fashion. There’s also a small stage for unique entertainment such as burlesque shows throughout the night.
The menu for handcrafted cocktails changes daily. Rather than using a paper menu for the continuously changing cocktails, The Drifter prints drink names and ingredients on “tarot” cards. There’s also a small food menu if you want snacks to munch on while you’re drinking and chatting with friends.
Don’t be discouraged if there’s a wait to get in. You can always pop upstairs to the Green Door Tavern (another great bar with a fantastic beer selection!) for drinks while you wait. The host or hostess will text you once your table is ready.