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Eleven Eleven

Establishment Vibe: Eleven Eleven is a top spot on my list. They have some amazing food options and the bartenders make some good ass drinks! The music they play is at a moderate volume so you can have nice conversation, and in-between the pauses you can get into a good vibe with the tunes. They have a front space with a bar and some eating tables as well as a dining room in the rear of the restaurant.   Drink Deets: The initial sip was smooth and the aromatics of the drink were on point. The sweetness to whiskey ratio was evenly built so you don't have to let the drink sit to allow the ice to water it down. The ice...

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The Dearborn

Establishment Vibe: The Dearborn is a nice chill spot for brunch. Plenty of seating that gives you a modern 'diner' vibe. I went in the afternoon so it didn't have a bar feel per say, but it's definitely a place to grab a drink with a buddy or have a 1 on 1 business meeting. The music isn't blaring but it's at a nice level so you can hear the conversation between yourself in your head..  Drink Deets: The aroma of this cocktail is amazing! You get a whiff of chocolate, but mixed with the Sherry and Whiskey you get a light graham cracker smell. The first sip is smooth and then you get the mild heat in your chest...

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Black Barrel Tavern

Establishment Vibe: The layout of the bar is conveniently set up for having a dinner or for a nice group to drink and listen to music. The bar is at the front of the spot and all the additional seating is towards the back. They offer some good food options.    Drink Deets: You get a waft of orange aroma, and the Rittenhouse Whiskey gives you a swift one in the taste buds! but it blends well with the bitters. There aren’t any muddled fruits but they do use a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Liqueur which classifies it as a ‘Mexican Old Fashioned’. The sherry gives the drink a slight dryness but overall it’s a decent drink. House Ingredients: Mexican Old Fashioned...

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The Bandit

Establishment Vibe: I walked into this spot and got a old school diner type vibe. I got here before happy hour at 5p and did a recon of the joint. They have a back patio that is located in an alley with a cobble stone walkway that gives it an late 1800s early 1900s Chicago feel, but it’s dope! I would definitely go back to check out a couple of food items they have on the menu specifically the Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders.   Drink Deets: At the bar I grabbed a ‘Thunderbird’ it was sweet but as I let it sit with the ice the sweetness was toned down. They used Old Forrester Bourbon so that also helped tame...

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MACHINE: Engineered Dining and Drink

Establishment Vibe: When I first walked in I got the feel that this is a lavish spot where you aren’t allowed in unless you’re dressed like you’re going to a Gala. Nope! The greeters were welcoming and there were people dressed in active wear, slacks, sandals, jeans, (none as fly as me tho). The restaurant is designed in sort of a dark vs light theme. One side has all black decorations and the other all white. There is also a flower shop inside of the restaurant tucked off in the corner. They have a nice size outdoor patio for the warmer days and the windows inside open fully.    Drink Deets: The drink was banging! I’m not sure if the...

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