Research shows all 7-Elevens are created equal; their fountain drinks follow suit.
Craft cocktails, however, are based on a different premise.
Want proof? Check out Premise, a new Andersonville watering hole opening today in the old In Fine Spirits Lounge.
Luke LeFiles (Hot Chocolate) slings prolific cocktails (Journeyman Distillery barrel-aged Negroni; Alaskan Summer with North Shore aquavit, Rare Tea Cellar kukicha green tea, Swedish herb bitters) on the moody, parlor-esque second floor. A curio cabinet houses rarities like Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection bourbon. Snack on Brian Runge’s (Graham Elliot) bar bites (charcuterie, pickled farm eggs) while you linger.
Downstairs, drinks tend toward the classic (Sazerac, old-fashioned); exceptional wines and craft beers are also available. A fleshed-out dinner menu includes fluke tartare, fava bean agnolotti, and lamb with crisp chickpeas.
Come summer: brunch on the patio.
It’s only logical.
Premise, 5420 North Clark Street, at Rascher Avenue (773-334-9463 or premisechicago.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Premise