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Logan Square drinking destination as affordable as it is enticing.

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A rebellious mix of the baroque and the affordable, Scofflaw adds another angle to what had been a Bermuda triangle of Logan Square cocktail destinations (Lula, Longman & Eagle, the Whistler). Head mixologist and co-owner Danny Shapiro has mixed more than his fair share of drinks across the square at the last, but his gin-centric cocktail menu doesn't feel overly derivative of his prior digs. In fact, Scofflaw's cocktails very much reflect the mood of the place, with its flickering lights (and, in the colder months, flickering fire), its Louis XV armchairs and settees, its exposed brick and French-blue walls. What goes into the artfully mismatched glassware? Seasonal drinks—all $8—like the Basil Bramble, a 100-degree-day antidote that combines North Shore #11 gin with lemon juice, Combier Mure, and fresh basil. But the place is so friendly that the PBR-and-fries contingency would never be unwelcome. That's not to say they wouldn't be missing out: chef Mickey Neeley's creative, underpriced bar food includes the guapichosa, an absurd (and absurdly good) sandwich layered with, among other things, brisket, pork belly, pork loin, pimenton aioli, avocado, sriracha, whole-grain mustard, creme fraiche, pickled cauliflower, and pickled onion. For the more faint of heart, there's an off-menu vegetarian "secret sandwich" and thoughtful, deftly executed plates such as a mizuna salad in creamy radish vinaigrette with a poached egg and pristine sheet of avocado. Read the full review >>

Mara Shalhoup

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A rebellious mix of the baroque and the affordable, Scofflaw makes a perfect square of Logan Square's premier cocktail destinations (Lula, Longman & Eagle, the Whistler). Head mixologist and co-owner Danny Shapiro has mixed more than his fair share of drinks across the square at the last, but his gin-centric cocktail menu doesn't feel overly derivative of his prior digs. In fact, Scofflaw's cocktails very much reflect the mood of the place, with its flickering lights (and, in the colder months, flickering fire), its Louis XV armchairs and settees, its exposed brick and French-blue walls. Yet they're all $8. Chef Mickey Neeley's thoughtful, playful small plates are equally affordable, with a "secret sandwich," the absurd (and absurdly good) guapichosa, the most expensive by far at $12. Outdoor seating is of the fenced-off sidewalk variety rather than a true patio—but the drinks still make it worth a trip. —Mara Shalhoup

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