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Go Inside Neon Wilderness, Opening Thursday In Wicker Park Next To Shuga Records (PHOTOS)

In addition to craft cocktails, beer and champagne, the cozy tavern features a deer with neon antlers mounted to the wall that's destined to become a selfie magnet.

Bartender Mony Bunni prepares a cocktail at Neon Wilderness.
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WICKER PARK —  Look for the bright green facade to find Neon Wilderness, a new watering hole along Milwaukee Avenue where lightbulbs dangle like clusters of stars above the bar.

Inside, adventurous bargoers can snap a photo in front of the neon deer antlers on the bar’s wall. Neon Wilderness owner Brad Bolt said he bought a plastic deer skull, painted it brown, and commissioned custom neon antlers from the The Neon Shop Fishtail in Bucktown.

Located at 1270 N. Milwaukee Ave., Neon Wilderness opens at 5 p.m. Thursday. 

Related: Neon Wilderness, New Spot From Bar DeVille Partner, Opens For Happy Hour Thursday

Bolt, a veteran bartender previously with Bar DeVille, said he’s aiming to court the commuter crowd from the nearby CTA Blue Line Division “L” stop with a weekday 5-7 p.m. happy hour. The stretch of street is also often packed with cyclists returning from work Downtown.

Happy Hour specials include Revolution Cross of Gold and a shot for $5, $7 craft cocktails and 20 percent off wine bottles.

The Neon Wilderness menu features eight cocktails, 15 beers by the can, wines (2 red, 1 rose, 2 white) by the glass, and seven types of champagne by the bottle.

The bar will be open 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. daily and until 3 a.m. on Saturdays.

Here are a few photos inside:

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The bar.
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Neon Wilderness, 1270 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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Brad Bolt, owner of Neon Wilderness.
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The “Sharon Stone Sour,” made with smooth Ambler bourbon, lemon, orange, ginger and egg white.
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Photo booth.
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A plastic deer skull painted brown and bearing custom neon antlers made by The Neon Shop Fishtail in Bucktown adds a rustic and fun flair to the wall.
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Brad Bolt behind the bar.