LOGAN SQUARE — A speakeasy-style bar from the owners of popular spots Lardon and Union is opening Monday, bringing more craft cocktails to Logan Square.
The Meadowlark, 2812 W. Palmer St., will serve cocktails crafted by beverage director Abe Vucekovich, an alumnus of Wicker Park stalwart The Violet Hour, in an “intimate, dimly-lit” setting, owners Steve Lewis and Chris Thompson said in a news release.
The bar’s opening menu — inspired by birds — includes 16 cocktails, including the Snowy Owl, made with Quebranta Pisco, crème de cacao, orgeat and egg white; as well as the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, which contains Bolivian brandy, Amontillado Sherry, amaro and house-smoked orange bitters, according to the bar.
Vucekovich will roll out a new themed menu several times a year. Possible future themes include New York City’s CBGB punk scene, the 1920s cocktail revolution in Paris and Chicago’s modern architecture, according to the bar.
The Meadowlark will also serve small bites.
The bar is the owners’ third establishment at California Avenue and Palmer Street. Lewis and Thompson opened sandwich and charcuterie spot Lardon at 2200 N. California Ave. last summer and Union, a beer-focused new American restaurant at 2202 N. California Ave., this spring.
Lardon, Union and The Meadowlark share the same building, the former home of vegan restaurant Township.
The Meadowlark is the smallest of the three, offering just 30 seats, including 14 at the bar, in a 825-square-foot “back alley” space.
The owners designed the cocktail bar to have a vintage feel with “nods to old Chicago,” they said. It has exposed brick, leather chesterfield couches and worn books, like an in-home library from the mid- to late 1800s.
The opening of The Meadowlark marks the end of the owners’ years-long effort to transform the the 100-year-old California Avenue building into a vibrant destination for cocktails and high-end food.
“Three years ago, when we found this beautiful building in our neighborhood, we knew we wanted to create three fundamentally distinct experiences under one roof that somehow managed to complement one other in a very special way,” Lewis previously said.
The Meadowlark will be open 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Oct. 3-10. Those hours will continue after the first week of service, but Thursday-Monday. Reservations can be made online.
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