Jazz & Blues


Tack Room

Chicago-Pilsen

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

casual-cool cocktail-focused piano lounge with an equestrian theme, adjacent to historic Thalia Hall.

If you didn’t grow up around horses, the “tack room” is a space where you store all the stuff: saddles, bridles, etc. Even big city spots boasted carriage houses and tack rooms a century or more ago. Now Dusek’s / Thalia Hall (the only Michelin-star rated concert venue in the country) has converted late 19th century proprietor John Dusek’s carriage hall into a casual piano lounge with a “back porch” atmosphere and Early Americana cocktails. Ivories are tinkled by guest musicians Thursdays through Saturdays as guests gather around the piano and sometimes sing along. Hewing close to the original function of the building, you’ll find an equestrian theme running deep in the decorating scheme with distressed barnwood tables, themed wallpaper, equine statuettes and cowboy boot-lined shelves contribute to the atmosphere. Original stone arches and door hinges add historic authenticity. The cocktail menu gravitates early-mid 19th century with Juleps, Bucks, Swizzles and Sherry Cobblers, all very intrinsically American drinks. Seeking a piece of contemporary America? Hit up the rotating craft beer program before dinner at Dusek’s, or before catching a concert at Thalia Hall. Then come back and “debrief” afterwards.

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