Food & Drink

Milk Room Offers An Authentic Prohibition-Era Experience

Intimate Prohibition-era inspired bar opens its doors


NOVEMBER 2015Milk Room, the eight-seat micro bar located just off the Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Drawing Room, offers coffee and pastries during the day, but come evening, it transforms into one of Chicago’s coolest, most exclusive cocktail bars.

During Prohibition, the Milk Room space served as a speakeasy for members of the former CAA to enjoy their booze, served in mugs to give the illusion they were drinking coffee. Today, you can now legally have cocktails, but it still won’t necessarily be easy to get a drink.

Beverage director Paul McGee has designed a program featuring spirit-forward cocktails that incorporate some very rare ingredients and elixirs. To get a spot at the bar, where one knowledgable bartender serves all eight seats, you’ll need to make a reservation through Reserve where tickets are available in two-hour blocks. Two seats during each session will be saved for walk-ins. Will that be you?

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