The acclaimed Chicago group behind a myriad of popular bars is unleashing a new wine spot in Logan Square in less than two weeks. Scofflaw Group, which previously gave the neighborhood heralded spots Scofflaw, Slippery Slope, the Moonlighter, and more, plan to open Outside Voices on November 15 at 3204 W. Armitage Avenue, a news release announces.
Previously known for cocktails, dance parties, and sophisticated bar food, Scofflaw will venture into a changing selection of “minimal intervention” wines, charcuterie, and snacks at Outside Voices. Davis Sayer, formerly a bartender at acclaimed spots Mott St and Table, Donkey and Stick, handles drink duties as its beverage manager, and the group’s culinary director Gabriel Freeman spearheads its food. Their full menus aren’t quite finished yet, so stay tuned for those.
The space on Armitage Avenue, around the corner from the Moonlighter, is small, cozy, and features lots of bright woodwork on the ceiling, bar, and walls, backed by exposed brick. It includes a few two-top tables and a few more seats at the bar, with a half-wall dividing the space. A large patio is slated to open in the spring. It joins a burgeoning strip of the neighborhood, anchored by Scofflaw on the corner and also including Eater 38 restaurant Giant closely to the west.
Wine bars have seen a resurgence recently in Chicago and other cities. Locally, newer spots Income Tax, Bar Ramone, Red & White Wine Bar, and the Press Room have opened within the last two years, joining older stalwarts including Rootstock, Eno, Pops for Champagne, Webster Wine Bar, and more. Few of these exist in Logan Square, especially on the western end of the neighborhood where Outside Voices is located.
The group has kept the project under wraps for months, with only word of mouth, hiring ads, and a speculative Block Club story leaking out. Stay tuned for more details in time for the opening.