May 11, 2018
The Lone Wolf, a new spot on the busy Randolph Street in West Loop, is the work of Heisler Hospitality, the company behind Nightwood and Trenchermen, and the guys behind Barrelhouse Flat in Lincoln Park. The space has been designed to resemble the Chicago taverns of old, a little bit dive-y, but in a palatable, contemporary way, with its soft chocolate brown banquettes and beer in abundance. The main room is spacious with lots of rich, brown, polished wood and glass brick windows to let in the light, and while the décor’s nothing fancy it has a pleasing solidity. Booth seating lines the walls and there’s a large central bar surrounded by old-school black bar stools. The compact cocktail menu which features just seven drinks – specializing in classic Italian tipples such as the Negroni and Sgroppino, with an emphasis on digestifs and the after-dinner drink. There’s also a range of craft beer on offer, with a rotating range of eight tap beers listed on a blackboard alongside bottled and canned beers. There’s a small but serviceable selection of wines and if you like pie and who doesn’t like pie then you’ll be glad to hear that the Pleasant House Bakery of Bridgeport will be selling sweet and savoury pies (including an epic-sounding one made from mac-and-cheese, bacon, and onion) from a window in the back.