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Meet the Cheeky Guys Behind Crafthouse

By: Dana Hartung

July 28, 2014
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Every Wednesday night, cocktail lovers have been tweeting, Cheeky has been buying and our friends at Crafthouse have been delivering you the best premium all-natural bottled cocktails to enjoy at your Chicago BYOB spot. Now, meet the revolutionary brains behind the bottled Moscow Mule, Southside and Paloma Crafthouse cocktails. Meet Charles Joly A Chicago native, Charles Joly is a bonafide rock star in the mixology world. Charles currently serves as the Beverage Director at the Aviary, which recently won the award for the Worlds Best Cocktail Menu at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in New Orleans. The creative and progressive Aviary cocktail menu, produced by Charles, beat out finalists from …  Read more

Auchentoshan American Oak: Cocktail-Friendly Scotch

Don't Like Scotch? This Bottle will Change Your Mind!

June 17, 2014
Samantha Nelson

I have a bunch of guy friends that are very serious about scotch. They can sit for an hour sipping a good glass, but to me just a taste is enough to know I have no interest in drinking any more. The barley used to make scotch is traditionally dried by heating it with a fire made from burning peat, decaying plants pulled out of Scottish swamps. The booze soaks up the taste of the peat smoke. Some people love it, but I’m not one of them. That’s why I was intrigued when I heard about Auchentoshan American Oak, a brand new type of scotch meant to be cocktail-friendly. It’s triple …  Read more

Jimmy Shakes Things Up

Jimmy's Spring Cocktail Menu Offers Sippers for all Tastes!

May 19, 2014
Samantha Nelson

While in-the-know cocktail enthusiasts have been coming to Jimmy since it opened in August, The James hotel’s famous bar is about to get a lot more public. The speakeasy-style spot currently has no signage. (You’d have to know it was there to figure out you should walk through the butcher-paper covered door in the back of Burke’s Bacon Bar and head downstairs through multiple levels of metal-beaded curtains.) But good news: The Bacon Bar is now closed, and Jimmy will be taking over the extra space in mid-June to open a patio, where it will serve some new signature cocktails. If you want to be ahead of the curve, stop in now …  Read more