955 W. Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
Cuisine: Bar, Speakeasy
Sun, 08/07/2016, 8:15pm reservation
Hidden in Grant Achatz's The Aviary is a really cool, sleek, old school bar. It isn't just any bar; it's a speakeasy. These days, you can get tickets for the Office online rather than having to know someone to get you in.
Upon entering The Aviary, you are taken downstairs to a door with no sign. It is the door to the Office: no signage, hidden and classy. The space itself is very small, cozy, with two couches, multiple leather chairs, one table that seats four, and a small bar countertop. The decor reminds you of a cigar room (not that I've ever been to one, but it's what I envision it to be). Persian rugs, whimsical art and dark mahogany wood paneling constitute the decor. Upon arrival, you are given the biggest alcohol book you'll ever receive in your life.
|The stairs to the Office from the Aviary|
|The door to the office|
|The key to the Office entrance|
|The other view of the entrance|
|Look at all these liquids to make up your drink!|
|Just a handful of what they have for their stash|
|The bartender aka a mixologist creating the drinks|
Overall, the Office is an awesome speakeasy bar that screams classiness and sophistication. I appreciate that the mixologists are fully knowledgeable on all aspects of the alcohol realm. If you want something sweet, strong, bitter, sour, or fancy, they got you covered. It's not crowded and it's a great place to grab drinks after dinner and hang out. I also enjoy that they have little touches like a handwritten bill with an ink stamp. If this was closer to me, I'd be here more often.
|The ink stamp|
Notable dishes: Any drink of your choice!