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Liquor reviews, cocktail recipes, mixology trends, and seasonal ingredients. Includes cocktail tips and info on local whiskey, gin, vodka, beer, and liqueur.

After Class: Where Should I Go?

Devin Kidner

We are asked all the time where folks should go after class for dinner and drinks, and this post should be helpful for all of your needs!

Whether you're looking for a great place for a large group dinner, a cozy spot to get intimate, or a hip new bar to try, see below for our recommendations!

HOLLOW LEG HQ is located in the heart of Ukrainian Village, in the trendy West Town neighbourhood. We're proud to feature local haunts that are a quick walk or Lyft ride away!

Food, Great for Groups:

The Ukrainian fare at Tryzub, photo courtesy of DNAInfo

The Ukrainian fare at Tryzub, photo courtesy of DNAInfo

  1. The Cotton Duck ($$$; 5 min. drive) - This BYOB spot serves up American food in a super cool space that doubles as an art exhibit. Make reservations (not necessary for smaller groups) at (773) 661.6131.

  2. Haywood Tavern ($$; 3 min. drive) - An American Gastropub that has great food, brews, and craft drinks without an ounce of pretension. Located on California Ave. near Rootstock Wine and Beer Bar and California Clipper! Make reservations at (773) 661.1084.

  3. Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill ($$; 5 min. drive) - Another BYOB restaurant specialising in Japanese food that is creative and interesting! Make reservations at (312) 666.4100.

  4. Tryzub Ukrainian Kitchen ($; 3 min. drive) - Casual craft pizza place with lots of beer on tap and a fun atmosphere. Make reservations at (773) 698.8624.

  5. Forbidden Root ($$; 5 min. drive) - A local brewery with great food housed in a historic theatre. Make reservations (not necessary for smaller groups) at (312) 929.2202.

Food, Great for Couples:

The patio at  a tavola , picture courtesy of  a tavola

The patio at a tavola, picture courtesy of a tavola

  1. Briciola ($$; 4 min. drive) - A BYOB Italian spot that is as authentic as they come - Chef Mario makes you feel welcome and the cozy interior will make your evening even more romantic. Reservations at (773) 772.0889.

  2. Boeufhaus ($$$; 5 min. drive) - French-German food in this brick-exposed brasserie. Incredibly yummy and great service! Reservations at (773) 661.2116.

  3. a tavola ($$$; 3 min. drive) - Italian cuisine, and the best gnocchi in the city. Romantic, incredible wine list, great patio. Reservations at (773) 276.7567.

  4. Kai Zan ($$$; across the street!) - Best sushi in the city, hands down. Reserve in advance - this hot spot is always busy!  Reservations at (773) 278.5776.

  5. Rootstock ($$; 2 min. drive) - Great wine bar with a selection of amazing mezcals, beers, and other liquors. Small plates of seasonally-inspired food. Doesn't take reservations!

Local Watering Holes:

Rhine Hall Distillery, photo courtesy of Rhine Hall

Rhine Hall Distillery, photo courtesy of Rhine Hall

  1. The Beetle (across the street!) - Our local watering hole, The Beetle has plenty of beers on tap in a casual setting. A pool table and lots of TVs ensure that you won't miss the big game.

  2. Rhine Hall Distillery (6 min. drive) - A family-owned grappa and brandy distillery using locally sourced produce.

  3. Bar DeVille (5 min. drive) - This joint often has a DJ, stand-up comedy, and is super hip. Lots of microbrews and two pool tables!

  4. Sportsman's Club (5 min. drive) - This place is gnarly. Taxidermy theme, table games, and lots of unique cocktails and local beer. Cash only.

  5. California Clipper (2 min. drive) - Totally retro bar (circa-1937), with lots of old-fashioned cocktails and often, live music!  

Quirky Neighbourhood Staples:

Ruth and Phil's Ice Cream

Ruth and Phil's Ice Cream

  1. Fatso's Last Stand (2 min. drive) - Amazing fast food including fried shrimp, burgers, and fries. Try the Fatso's Sauce! Cash only.

  2. The Empty Bottle (3 min. drive) - Tiny venue with live music, dancing, cheap beer, and good people. Bring ear plugs; cash only.

  3. Spinning J Bakery and Soda Shop (3 min. drive) - Pies, soda fountain classics, and gelato in the most adorable vintage spot, ever. Featured in the Netflix show Easy.

  4. Ruth and Phil's Gourmet Ice Cream (3 min. walk) - This ice cream is the best. Seasonal, locally-sourced, and unique flavours. Drop by and say hi to Alison for us!

  5. Star Lounge - Dark Matter Coffee (across the street!) - Just the best darn coffee/espresso in the city with the best baristas in the coolest space.

If you need ideas for catering, take out, or delivery for your class, please drop us a line at  

See you in class!