Big Star


Mixologist Michael Rubel at Big Star - Chicago, IL

1531 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-4039
Hours: Sun-Fri 11:30am-2am; Sat 11:30am-3am

In 2009, the team behind some of Chicago’s most colorful concepts (Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, Terry Alexander, Eduard Seitan, and Peter Garfield) opened honky-tonk taqueria Big Star in Wicker Park. It’s a simple formula: the food is refreshing, satisfying, and cheap. The bar’s soundtrack delivers the whole joint to a red sky prairie. At the bar, stocked by Mixologist Michael Rubel, you can get dollar beers and a shot of tequila with glowing approval from your bartender. And if you’re into Bourbon, you’re in luck. Rubel has a deep respect for the American spirit, and he has a knack for mixing the nuances of bourbon with the mineral and ash properties of Mezcal, along with the roots and foraged herbs that go into his house-made bitters and tinctures.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Stockyard Pony: Wild Turkey 101, Aperol, Lemon, Demerara and Angostura
  • Oaxaca Vieja: Vida de San Luis, Demerara, Angostura and Chocolate Bitters

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