Night Out


Wood

Chicago-Lake View

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

Wood is the pick of the cocktail joints on the Halsted strip in Boystown, head and shoulders above the competition.

Wood is the pick of the cocktail joints on the Halsted strip in Boystown, head and shoulders above the competition. With a former Alinea chef at the helm you know things are going to good and the cocktail programme doesn’t disappoint, stuffed full of seasonal and artisanal creations including The Lamplighter, a mix of scotch whiskey, alpine walnut liqueur, creme de menthe and allspice with a dram mist. The Blackwatch Fizz pairs Earl Grey infused Irish whiskey with rosehip liqueur, ginger beer and lemon, while A Stiff One is true to its name, mixing gin with orange bitters and house syrup. We are particularly intrigued by the Who’s the Boss?, a blend of rye, chrysanthemum honey liqueur, vermouth, fig bitters, and angostura. The bar also does a nice line in classic drinks, including a version of the Sazerac with absinthe mist. The food menu includes an excellent range of charcuterie and cheese as well as a tempting array of small plates (sweet potato ravioli, foie gras custard). In keeping with its name, wood is a central theme to the décor and the space is warm and earth-toned. There’s a patio area for summer sipping and the 25-seat bar also stocks a good range of craft beers and small-batch liquors along with a number of barrel-aged brown liquor.

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