The Revel Room: intimate seating with dim lights, Victorian-esque decor and bartenders who really know their shit.
Yeah, I like nice beers, but what I like even more is a comfy place to enjoy my nice beers. Revel Room, the new intimate haunt in Wicker Park, has that comfy-aspect going for it and much, much more. There are a few specific things that I look for when I want to spend time at a bar and The Revel Room definitely fills my criteria: Not too loud? Check. No TV? Check. Classy decor? Check. Refined drink selection? Check, check, check. The Revel Room is that kind of place that you can feel comfortable falling back on, whether you want to go on a date or you just want to sit and relax after a hard days work.
The Revel Room, which opened up in August, is located in Wicker Park in the space that used to be occupied by Empire Liquors at the intersection of Damen, Milwaukee, and North. It was a no brainer that owner Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner (the team who brought Chicago the swanky Trencherman and the cozy yet classy Bangers & Lace) were going to deliver another great bar space, but they ended up creating a whole new dimension to this side of Wicker Park with the great new watering hole.
The Revel Room is defined as a “casual neighborhood cocktail bar” with mixologist, Ronnie Higgins, manning the helm. Equally as good as the cocktails, the beers on deck at The Revel Room are certainly something to be admired. From the extensive draft list to the selection of canned craft beers, the bar offers a real treat for the beer aficionado in all of us. If you can’t find something to your liking in the eight rotating drafts (go ahead and try), the “fine canned goods” list on the back of the menu has a variety of options that you’ll be hard pressed to find at many places in Chicago.
The way that I would describe The Revel Room: intimate seating with dim lights, Victorian decor with bartenders who really know their shit. As soon as you enter the bar, the streets of Wicker Park immediately vanish and you are transported away to a sort of old-world, Parisian cafe where you might find a group of underground artists and authors huddled together around one of the leather velvet round tables, in the train car-like two-seater area, or in the intimate “library” area in the way back discussing metaphysics, existentialism, or perhaps a counterrevolution.
Needless to say, I’ll be back. Soon, very soon. Stay thirsty my friends.