By Jenny Berg Posted November 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EST
CHICAGO Named after a 1930s blues song, Barrelhouse Flat opened in Lincoln Park in October. On its lower level, the two-story space has a bar, an open kitchen, and exposed brick walls. A vintage jukebox has a selection of 45 records that play everything from ragtime and rockabilly; there's also an upright piano on site.
A fireplace and another bar are on the second floor, where a private room in back has a pool table and reception space for 35 guests. The entire floor can be rented out to accommodate 90 guests. The entire space is available for buyout and can hold 180.
The cocktail menu includes artisan punches such as the Golden Fleece, made with gin, green tea, lemon peel and juice, pineapple syrup, and Drambuie liqueur. Punches are available by glass or in group-friendly bowls, which are delivered on drink carts. Menu items include deviled eggs, porchetta sandwiches, and cheese and caramelized onion dips.
Owner Stephen Cole was formerly head bartender at the Violet Hour.