— Now open in Logan Square: a bar that’s themed on Chicago summer block parties. Bottle Rocket is the new iteration inside the rotating popup space next to Emporium Logan Square that previously housed Branca Bar and Surf. The space, which held a grand opening party last night, now includes telephone poles, street sweeping signs, Old Style (sales of which go to Chicago Fire Department’s charities), Malort, boozy slushies, local craft beers, and hot dogs and sausages, Time Out Chicago reports. It’ll be open through the end of July. Check out a photo of the “The Broken Rose” — a slushie with rosé, Revolution Rosa beer, Aperol, and Rare Tea Cellars hibiscus tea syrup — below.
— Kicking off this weekend: a poke brunch. FireFin Poke Shop’s Wicker Park location is taking a crack at a Hawaiian-themed weekend daytime meal, which includes a “Spam stack” and Hawaiian French toast. All four brunch dishes, which are available Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 1415 N. Milwaukee Ave., cost between $6.95 and $9.95. Check out a photo of them and the menu below.
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— More daytime meal news: Wasabi, which recently expanded to include two attached restaurants in Logan Square, now serves lunch every day except Monday from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
— Boystown Arcade Bar Replay Beer & Bourbon is causing video game geeks to freak out with new Donkey Kong and Mario decorations on its back porch and stairways. Check out the massive Reddit thread about it, and a photo of it below.
— Entente, the critical darling in West Lakeview, is dipping its toes into late night dining. Its full menu is now available on Saturdays until 12:30 a.m., and it also now has 12 sidewalk patio seats.
— Lakeview hidden “speakeasy” Room 13 will soon serve a “pan-tropical” prix fixe cocktail menu on Wednesdays and Thursdays, a rep says. Set to open later this summer, Sunset Supper Club will have a “50’s Havana vibe” at 3216 N. Sheffield Ave.
— And finally, the new “pop tax” set to hit Cook County on July 1 includes much more than soda. DNAinfo has details on all the drinks that will be affected, which include Gatorade, Capri Sun, Red Bull, and much more.