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New Restaurant Henri Makes Inventive Wine Cocktails

henri classic american restaurant in chicago!

You’re this close to creating your own Mad Men persona (pencil skirt, sexist boyfriend). Now all you need is a place to drink.

And here it is. From The Gage’s Billy Lawless and chef Dirk Flanigan comes Henri, a restaurant and watering hole opening tomorrow that feels like a well-designed set: velvet-sheathed walls, lush silks, and a bar that seats six.

But we’re here to talk about alcohol. In addition to a pristine list of biodynamic wines, sommelier Shebnem Ince (MK, Blackbird, The Gage) and mixologist Clint Rogers crafted a wine cocktail program that’ll knock your nylons off.

Start with Ince’s favorite, kir royale, mixed with your choice of liquor (peach, raspberry, or myrtle berry — a dark Italian fruit). Move on to the Henri Presse, a sidecar made with Pineau (a blend of cognac and unfermented grape juice that tastes like caramel and orange). The drinks aren’t insanely strong, so end with Charles Heintz’s small-batch chardonnay (Ince swears by it). Then ditch the guy and go home to your DVR.

Henri, 18 South Michigan Avenue, between Monroe and Madison Streets (312-578-0763 or henrichicago.com).

Photo: Tech Cocktail / Flickr

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18 S Michigan Ave
bt Monroe & Madison Sts
Chicago, IL 60603