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Peek Inside Logan Square's Newest Bar, The Native

By Mina Bloom | November 21, 2016 5:21pm
 The Native replaced late-night dance party spot Bonny's, 2417 N. Milwaukee Ave.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square's newest watering hole, The Native, looks like it was plucked from rural Wisconsin.

The simple decor — leather booths, retro lighting and lit-up beer signs — gives the bar, 2417 N. Milwaukee Ave., a homey feel similar to that of Bonny's, the late-night dive bar that came before it.

But don't expect The Native, which is poised to open Wednesday, to become the neighborhood's next dance party spot.

Aside from the fact that the new layout doesn't allow for a dance floor, Jared Savvochi, who owns the bar with his wife, Carly, isn't planning to play much dance music. Instead, he's bringing in vinyl records — everything from My Morning Jacket to The Beastie Boys — from his personal collection to play in full.

"I'm not going for too much. I want something that will last," Jared Savvochi said. "I wanted it to be a throwback to the bars I grew up going to."

Drink-wise, patrons can expect 10 taps featuring beer from local breweries such as Revolution Brewing and Half Acre Beer Company, as well as a small signature cocktail menu. The cocktail list (each $10) includes "The Native Negroni" — which is made with gin, Pamplemousse liquor and Malort — and the "The Northwoods Old Fashioned," which is made with brandy, Demerara and bitters.

No food will be served aside from free popcorn and heat-and-serve pizzas to order.

Patrons can play vintage shuffleboard bowling or hang out on the outdoor patio, which has room for 50 people.

Bonny's closed in late 2012 amid a lawsuit between the owners and the landlords. It was known for its rowdy dance parties, its 4 a.m. liquor license, cheap drinks, red light, photo booth, good music and bad decisions.

The Native will be open Monday - Friday from 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m.-3 a.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m.-2 a.m. It will not be open on Thanksgiving.

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