Feeling a little down lately? Tired of the same old thing when it comes to bars? Same old weak beer selection, same old uninspired food.
If you’ve been looking for a bar that feels your need for something edgier, Small Bar has you covered. Ever tried Poutine? They’ve been loving it long time in Quebec. At Small Bar you can dive into this decadent mix of French Fries and cheese curds covered in brown gravy. Or how about duck confit on flat bread with gruyere cheese and carmelized onions? Or pork meat balls with blue cheese baked polenta and jalapeno bacon jam?
Great Ceasar’s ghost! Is this really a bar or the experimental lab of some edgy young chef cackling maniacally as he concocts daring admixtures.
Truth. It’s both. Chef Justin White, formerly sous chef at the highly regarded Custom House has been given carte blanche to let his creativity run wild here, and the result is bar food unlike any you’ll find anywhere.
While other bars offer you potato skins and quesadillas to nosh on while watching the game, Small Bar wows with paprika spiced pumpkin seeds, spiced and candied peanuts, and edamame with grey salt and lemon. I, for one, would easily trade another tiresome jalapeno popper for one of chef White’s scrumptious Parmesan and thyme pastry puffs any day.
So what makes this a bar, and not a gourmet restaurant masquerading as the local tap?
Well, how about a staggering beer selection with more than 100 varieties to choose from? How about 24 carefully selected craft brews on tap? How about daily drink specials and a full bar? If you’re looking for a place that respects your taste in quality potations, Small Bar is for you.
But at the end of the day isn’t a good bar about hanging out with your friends, maybe taking in a game? Small Bar is right there.
Small Bar watches the volume. You can hear the music, but you don’t have to shout. The TVs feature sports, and if you happen to be an Association League Football Fan, Katie bar the door!
Association League Football – that’s the international soccer league to us Americans – gets the red carpet treatment here. We’re talking Association League games in real time, which means the place is mobbed on Saturday mornings with fanatical Europeans and other international types shouting and carrying on as they wolf down Small Bar’s delicious brunch. It’s so good, the US Soccer Federation has named Small Bar the number one soccer bar in the country!
If you love Association League Football, Small Bar has it on for you. If you love a huge selection of quality beer, Small Bar is right there for you. If you appreciate outstanding bar food by a renowned chef, Small Bar has its arms opens for you.
Small Bar is the little bar with a big heart. If you’re feeling down, it will pick you up.
(between Damen and Hoyne)
in Wicker Park