Square One

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1400 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60605


Newly opened in the South Loop, Square One flourishes in its urbane environment, a simple bar-and-booth format fancied up with richly upholstered seats, soft golden chandeliers, and old-fashioned spinning bar stools. Slim bites of brie, blue, and cubeddu cheeses are sliced to order right on the bar, and the spread of cocktails named after James Bond characters employs uncommon ingredients such as crème de violette, grapefruit cordials, and a house-made basil vodka. The beer menu is similarly eclectic, favoring craft brews and ciders. Perhaps the most notable feature on tap is the mechanical wine dispenser, which loads up oenophiles’ glasses or top hats by the ounce. After its opening in August 2012, Grub Street lavished praise on Square One for living up to “the idea of a simple, first-class neighborhood place, with an eclectically chic look… a beer, wine, and cocktail program that stays away from big brands and prizes small, interesting producers, and a food menu that’s true bar food.”

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