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The Walk-In Launches New Cocktail Program

July 18, 2017


Happy Hour Specials, and “Friendly As F*ck” Attitude 


The Walk-In, a high-end “slashie” accessible through a walk-in cooler door at Red Star Liquor, located at 2727 North Milwaukee Avenue, has launched a new seasonal cocktail menu, new daily happy hour specials, and a new “friendly as f*ck” attitude. So much so, their new web domain is


New General Manger and Beverage Director, Phillip Smith, has been tasked with the charge of change at The Walk-In. Smith, a recent transplant to the Logan Square neighborhood from Dallas, Texas having worked most recently in Chicago at Celeste and Boleo, is also the brand ambassador for Davos Brands which include Aviation American Gin, Sombra Mezcal, and Astral Tequila. Smith has a degree in hospitality management and honed his cocktail chops over the years with everything from classic to molecular cocktails. The new, seasonable cocktail program at The Walk-In features ten specialty cocktails, including one kegged cocktail on draft, plus a weekly Farmer’s Market cocktail. Every Sunday, Smith will head to the Logan Square Famer’s Market and select a different ingredient each week to concoct a new cocktail.


With indoor seating for 50 in a combination of booths, drink rails, and bar space and outdoor patio seating for an additional 20, The Walk-In welcomes dog-friendly dogs both inside the bar and outside on the patio. The Walk-In is the neighborhood bar without pretense, where guests can expect a great adult beverage at a reasonable price, including veritable Happy Hour specials from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they aren’t just trying to get rid of the crap they don’t want. Happy Hour at The Walk-In features five specialty cocktails at $5 each and two craft draft beers for $3 each. See full Cocktail, Happy Hour, Beer, and Wine menus, below.


While there’s no shortage of outstanding cocktail bars in Chicago, The Walk-In aims to go above and beyond with their “friendly as f*ck” vibe. Customers are considered guests, and staff will be sure to exceed their expectations with exceptionally hospitable service, plus an outstanding rotating beer and wine list with a full house of spirits. All spirits, beer, and wine at The Walk-In are also available to take home from Red Star Liquor, next door. The music is a mix of ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s soul, funk, and rock and a vinyl-spinning DJ will play on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to close.



Cocktail Menu:

Strawberry Collins (kegged) – gin, strawberry, red bell pepper, basil $10

Flat Stanley – mezcal, Campari, citrus, Squirt, salt $12

Papa’s Brand New Bag – sherry, banana, blueberry, cava $11

Dang! Daiquiri – rum, turmeric, mango $10

Always Alright – vermouth, apple, cynar, topo chico, chamomile $10

Get Rich Negroni – gin, suze, celery, cocchi $12

Colorado Bulldog – vodka, coffee, coconut, cream, cola $12

The Get Down – pineapple, rum, Drambuie, citrus $13

Milwaukee Old Fashion – brandy or bourbon with cherry demerara and orange bitters $11

Farmer’s Market – rotating weekly $11


Happy Hour Menu:

Happy Hour Old Fashioned – bourbon, demerara, Angostura, orange oil $5

Basil Gimlet – vodka, ginger, basil, lime $5

Strawberry Collins – (kegged) – gin, strawberry, red bell pepper, basil $5

Always Alright – vermouth, apple, cynar, topo chico, chamomile $5

Colorado Bulldog – vodka, coffee, coconut, cream, cola $5

Half Acre Vallejo APA draft beer $3

Metropolitan Krankshaft Kolsh draft beer $3 


Tap Beer Menu:

Avery White Rascal

Half Acre Vallejo APA

Metropolitan Krankshaft

Off Color Apex Predator

Revolution Rosa


Bottles and Cans Beer Menu:

3 Floyds Zombie Dust

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

Boulevard Radler

Bud Light

Deschutes Black Butte Porter

Founders All Day IPA


Half Acre Daisy Cutter

Hopewell First Lager

Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’

Lagunitas Pils

Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager

Miller High Life


Off Color Fierce

Revolution Bottom Up Wit

Shiner Bock

Stella Artois

SweetWater Goin’ Costal


Two Brothers Domaine DuPage

Vander Mill Hard Apple

Whiner Le Tub


Wine Menu:

Castle Rock Central Coast Chardonnay 2015

Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rose Reserve 2015

Kentia Albarino Rias Biaxas 2015

Segura Vuldas Brut

VillaViva Vin de Pays des Cotes de Thau Rose 2016



About The Walk-In:

Opened in 2016, The Walk-In is a cocktail lounge and tap room connected to Red Star Liquor in Logan Square at 2727 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647 where their motto is “friendly as f*ck”. All spirits, beer, and wine at The Walk-In are also available to take home from Red Star Liquor to enjoy off-premise. The Walk-In is open seven days a week; Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., and Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. For more information, visit or call 773-697-8726.


About One of a Kind Group:

Founded by Esam Hani, a philanthropic restaurateur and native from the ever-growing and changing Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square, One of a Kind Group currently owns and operates the following food and beverage establishments: Café Con Leche, De Noche Mexicana, The Harding Tavern, Red Star Liquor, and The Walk-In. Café Con Leche is a Logan Square staple known for breakfast, lunch and brunch, serving Latin comfort food since 2001. De Noche Mexicana, the dinner concept by Café Con Leche which rebranded in 2016, offers fresh and innovative Mexican and Latin favorites. The Harding Tavern opened in 2014, is an upscale yet approachable neighborhood tavern serving breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Red Star Liquor is a full-service beer, wine, and liquor store serving Logan Square since 1991. The Walk-In is a cocktail lounge and tap room connected to Red Star Liquor serving beer, wine, and cocktails since 2016.


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