Marvin Uberalles | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Mother's ruin

As someone who's been to many such spots and even worked at one, the PX speakeasy in old town Alexandria, VA, this article is a big disappointment. I'm obviously a fan of craft cocktail bars, so it's great to be informed about new openings and developments. However, the biggest threat to the industry, which the author makes clear is still very nichey, is the perception that these bars are only for rich people and wannabe elitist douchebags, and the priggish tone of the article is only perpetuating this idea. The speakeasy where I worked had no sign and when you knocked you'd be turned away if you weren't wearing a jacket and tie. That's some pretentious shit right there. Chicago is a shot and a beer kind of town. I like a fine drink, but I'll make my own at the house if it means I have to go some dark room and sit on a plush couch getting condescended to by some prick like the author. We all know what Chicago's done with local beers. If I knew as much as the author about the local scene, instead of imperiously taking the whole town to task, I might challenge a few of the higher volume bars to up their game. It might be cost prohibitive to use $3 an ounce liquors or make a drink inside an egg of ice, but bartenders do embarrassingly little prep work. If you put those guys to work before their shifts making their own bitters, tonic, cola, vermouth, infusions, etc. you can make some really fine cocktails for a modest pricetag and serve them to people without a stick up their ass.

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Posted by Marvin Uberalles on 03/24/2012 at 7:47 PM

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