Friday, September 03, 2010

Al Capone and The Chicago Outfit Cocktails Among Highlights of The Walnut Speakeasy in Elgin

There's more to a cocktail than the ingredients and preparation. Sipping a highball in an empty bar reeking of last night's party with a distracted barkeep can surely ruin any cocktail experience. At the Walnut Speakeasy, you can choose from a number of enticing cocktails (or beers from their Connoisseur's Beer List) and enjoy an engaging staff, and local blues in a cozy 1930's speakeasy atmosphere.

Premium liquors and classic suggestions. The Walnut Speakeasy is dominated by a large wrap-around bar (made from solid walnut) carrying everything from Belvedere to Louis XIII. As if the selection weren't enough, they know how to put a cocktail together. Templeton Rye is a mainstay here as it was created during the prohibition era and was one of Capone's favorites. "The Capone" is a stiff drink made with Templeton rye and a perfect combination of Grand Marnier, bitters and champagne. Other selections from the cocktail menu include "The Chicago Outfit" (a spin on a chocolate raspberry martini) and "The Cat's Meow".

Unique music and local artists. This place can swing! Owner Alex Matsas has put together a jazzy line up ranging from local blues sensations, Nick Moss & The Flop Tops, to jazz crooners John & Cassy . This is one of the only bars around you can bank on for you blues fix every weekend.

"Form, meet function." Bricks pulled from prohibition-era buildings and burled walnut wood-working invite guests to relax in the feel of an upscale 1930's Chicago bar. This is no neighborhood bar kitchen either! State of the art infrared grills and proper pizza ovens give weight to the quality of the cuisine. There are no bar smells and from the front door to the kitchen floor, this place is spotless!

General Information

Location: 214 Walnut Ave Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: Mon -Thurs 11 am -1 am, Fri & Sat 11am -2 am, Sun 11am - 11 pm
Food: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Price: Excellent value, beer & wine prices available online
Parking: free lot on west side of building, at peak times you may have to park street nearby
Music: Blues & Jazz

Thanks to the Examiner

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