Reliving the past can be sobering (cue seventh-grade mullet).
Whet your whistle at The Barrelhouse Flat, a new Lincoln Park watering hole inspired by Prohibition-era saloons, opening tonight.
Helmed by Stephen Cole (The Violet Hour), the late-night spot serves 70 classic cocktails otherwise lost to the annals of time, like the Swiss Ess, an intriguing mix of cognac, lime, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, egg white, and soda.
But Cole’s punch steals the show. Drawing from traditional recipes (punch predates cocktails), he whips up seasonally sound concoctions; warming cinnamon and red wine usher us into subzero temps.
On the spacious first floor, an upright piano and refurbished vintage jukebox pump ragtime, blues, and jazz; the cozy, quieter upper level has a pool table and private party room.
Coming soon: French-American small plates and seasonal craft beers on tap.
A promising future indeed.
The Barrelhouse Flat, 2624 North Lincoln Avenue, at Wrightwood Avenue (773-857-0421 or barrelhouseflat.com).
Photo: Courtesy of The Barrelhouse Flat