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WaterShed Cocktail Bar Opens

watershed opens!

n. 1. A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems. 2. Your favorite new River North haunt.

Located below Pops for Champagne, WaterShed quietly opened to the public last week. The once-clubby jazz lounge has been rendered unrecognizable: limestone walls from the Medinah Temple; high-back Pullman booths; a lived-in, homey vibe; and a menu featuring beer, wine, and spirits sourced from the Great Lakes area.

Throwback cocktails include cheekily named Windy City Jerk (Templeton Rye, Koval ginger, grapefruit, pineapple gum syrup, and Angostura bitters) and Pin a Rose (Ransom Old Tom Gin, St-Germain, raspberry, Demerara, and Sanbittèr soda). Forty-five bottles of beer, many limited editions, line the drop-down bar, wines hail mainly from the Leelanau Peninsula, and everything is sweetly served in mismatched vintage stemware.

Pops chef Chris Walker provides accompanying hearty bites, like fried Cornish game hen with jalapeno cornbread. We’ll drink to that.

WaterShed, 601 North State Street, at Ohio Street (312-266-4932 or watershedbar.com).

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601 N State St
@ Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60654