The Whistler


Mixologist Paul McGee of The Whistler - Chicago, IL

2421 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6pm-2am; Fri 5pm-2am; Sat 5pm-3am; Sun 5pm-2am

Depending on the night, a visit to the The Whistler could entail shaking your rear end to vintage outlaw country, krunk, or jazz, courtesy of bands fresh off of the South by Southwest festival or DJs hailing from San Francisco. The Ghostbuster in you might take the stage on movie karaoke night, or you could unabashedly read aloud at the Annual Erotic Fiction Contest. The Whistler’s community events-style calendar goes hand in hand with a space that, by day, seems designed for after-school band practice and bake sales. By night, with the lights down low, an atmosphere of kids-at-camp-up-way-past-bedtime takes over. And from the behind the bar, 2011 Rising Star Mixologist Paul McGee makes $8 cocktails that combine a depth and breadth of ingredient knowledge with a fine-tuned sense of balance, whetted by half a lifetime spent behind the bar.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Elk's Own: Evan Williams Bourbon, Port, Lemon, Egg White, and Walnut
  • 21st Century: Death’s Door Gin, Cocchi Americano, Crème de Cacao, Lemon Juice, Chocolate Bitters, and Coffee Bean

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