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Craft beer, cocktails, and bar bites from the people formerly behind In Fine Spirits.

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Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer, bartenders at the former In Fine Spirits, have opened their modern craft cocktail bar in the once-dry home of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, on the suburban side of Howard Street. There's no reinventing of the Sazerac going on here, but there is a full spectrum of expertly mixed potions, from light effervescences like the gin-and-sparkling French 75 to bitter boozers like the rye-Fernet Toronto, all ranging from $7 to $12, and accented with nice touches like whiskey-saturated Amarena cherries and hand-carved ice balls. There are a dozen wines too, a half dozen mostly midwestern beers, $5 house shots (such as yellow chartreuse and bitters), and a "temperance" category featuring tea, upmarket sodas, and Dark Matter coffee. The snacky menu will be familiar to fans of IFS chef Marianne Sundquist, who developed it. There's an assortment of cheese and charcuterie (shaved behind the bar from a deli slicer), a couple of sandwiches, marinated olives, zaatar-spiced marcona almonds, roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower, and more. But above all, Carlson and Modeer themselves add the most critical requisite. They're engaging, friendly hosts, and a place like Ward Eight is exactly what Evanston and the far north side have been in need of.

Mike Sula

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At this craft cocktail bar from Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer, formerly of In Fine Spirits, there's a full spectrum of expertly mixed potions, from light effervescences like the gin-and-sparkling-wine French 75 to bitter boozers like the rye-Fernet Toronto, all ranging from $7 to $12, and accented with nice touches like whiskey-saturated Amarena cherries and hand-carved ice balls. There are a dozen wines too, a half dozen mostly midwestern beers, $5 house shots, and a "temperance" category featuring tea, upmarket sodas, and Dark Matter coffee, plus small plates and charcuterie off a menu devised by ex-In Fine Spirits chef Marianne Sundquist. —Mike Sula

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