Later this month, the DMK partners (Michael Kornick, David Morton, Michael Rubel) will reveal the first of their new concepts in the former Lao 18 space on Hubbard—a throwback casual bar named Henry's Swing Club that they plan on being a "party every night." While they're still keeping the downstairs under wraps, look for old-school games, more than 25 types of sliders, loud music, and an extensive booze menu from the Violet Hour and Big Star vet Rubel in around two-to-three weeks on the first floor of the former Lao 18.
Rubel, who recently became a DMK partner, will roll out a vast selection of interesting booze options, including "Mezcal Mules" from a frozen drink machine. Also expect carbonated cocktails on draft and in bottles, a selection of "Swizzles" on crushed ice, tropical drinks, and a spectrum of beer and barrel-aged whiskeys.
Michael Kornick's bar food options will be cheap and plentiful. In addition to the many sliders, which will cost between $2-4 each, look for mini-sandwiches, nachos, chili fries, chocolate fondue, and s'mores.
The old-school bar theme continues with the selection of games: free pool, cards and dice. The name is a reference from a John Lee Hooker lyric ("Boogie Chillen'"), and the music, which will sometimes be live, will be all of the American roots variety. They've made over the two-floor former Lao 18 space with a dark look, vintage furniture, and the street art mural in the photo above.
Henry's Swing Club should be less pretentious and more casual than many of the other options in River North. Stay tuned for more before it opens, and more about what's going on downstairs.
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