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Redline VR’s Bar Now Has Chicago Beer

Redline VR hosted a grand opening Thursday night to celebrate the bar being fully stocked and open.

Redline VR is split into gaming "bays."
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RAVENSWOOD — You can now sip a beer or cocktail while immersed in an alternate reality at Redline VR.

The virtual reality arcade at 4700 N. Ravenswood Ave. opened its doors to the public back in August. For its first months, Redline VR had some BYOB events while it waited for its liquor license to be approved.  

The city approved Redline VR’s license in September and the businesses hosted a grand opening Thursday night to celebrate the bar being fully stocked and open. 

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Redline VR’s bar at 4700 N. Ravenswood Ave.

“We have a focus on local like Spiteful Brewing. Every beer on tap but one was made within 30 miles or closer, and Malt Row is right here by us,” said Aaron Sawyer, one of Redline’s co-founders. “Almost all of our spirits are local too, like Koval.”

The 2,200-square-foot virtual reality arcade allows people to use lightsabers to slice up blocks to a musical beat, command the Starship Enterprise, paint a 3D masterpiece on the moon and more.

Players can book a headset at $10 for 10 minutes or $45 for a full hour.

“Our wine and paint night is guided by an artist but also uses our VR headset allowing paint 360 degrees,” Sawyer said. “We’re also going to be introducing Tuesday trivia night by Trivia Mafia, which will also have some questions you need to answer using the VR headset.”

Plans to incorporate virtual reality into events like beer tastings and cocktail hours at the arcade are also still in the works, he said.

Redline VR is open 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 2-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.

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