Upon googling Little Goat Diner to retrieve the address, Google Maps informed me that Maude's Liquor Bar was only a block away. It only took me a few seconds to remember why this bar sounded familiar to me-my former work husband, Spencer, currently works there! I immediately decided we had to stop by if he was working-and a few text back and forth determined he would be! So Lisa and I decided that we would go by for an after dinner drink!
Maude's has a dimly lit interior with completely white walls-whether they're covered in subway tile, or wainscoting. The lovely crystal chandeliers hang from the black painted ceiling and the ambiance is light and fun with the servers milling quickly and quietly about.
Spencer promptly got us a table by the bar and upon review-we quickly realized this is a rye bar. The menu had many fun mixed drinks like sazerac and Maude's Punch. Lisa ordered the mezcal corpse reviver (mezcal, absinthe, lillet and lemon) and tried the boire amer (cynar, black rum, old fashioned bitters and lime). Both were delicious and perfectly suited for our own personal tastes. I air on the sweeter side and Lisa, the sour.
Maude's does offer a food menu, traditional French faire with oysters and terrine- a menu I would be inclined to try upon return.
I could have stayed at Maude's all night and we both agreed-if there was something like this in our home towns-we wouldn't leave.
Left: Mezcal Corpse Reviver Right: Boire Amer
The bar with the fun chandeliers and tile!
My former work-husband and host for the evening, Spencer! Go see him!
Maude's Liquor Bar
840 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60654