Sharp-eyed locals note an absence of absinthe in this town.
The Savoy, a new dining and drinking haunt in Wicker Park, hopes to dull your senses.
Two themes prevail at the nautically inspired establishment: seafood and the aforementioned potent potable (also known as wormwood).
Slurp East and West Coast oysters or hamachi crudo at the raw bar or grab a booth and indulge in Brian Greene’s (Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood, The Purple Pig) Asian-flecked fare, including coconut curry mussels, smoked salmon rillette, steamed shrimp, and maple-and-jalapeno-glazed salmon.
In back, mixologist Deirdre Darling’s exquisite bar teems with 40-plus absinthe varietals. Revel in the ritual (water poured through a slotted spoon with a sugar cube) or try a cocktail (Corpse Reviver, Pimm’s Potion No. 9).
Wine and beer (exclusive Penitence brew from Michigan’s Greenbush Brewing Company) are also available.
Expect your hangover to be ever present.
The Savoy, 1408 North Milwaukee Avenue, between Wolcott and Evergreen Avenues (773-698-6925 or savoychicago.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Jamco Creative