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Password Required To Enter New Back-Alley 'Speakeasy' In West Loop

By Stephanie Lulay | December 2, 2016 2:31pm | Updated on December 5, 2016 10:51am
 New late-night speakeasy Meet & Whiskey will open Thursday on Randolph's restaurant row. 
New late-night speakeasy Meet & Whiskey will open Thursday on Randolph's restaurant row. 
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Meet & Whiskey

WEST LOOP — A new late-night speakeasy specializing in fine whiskey and dining is opening next weekend on Randolph's restaurant row. 

Speakeasy Meet & Whiskey will officially open Thursday below Porkchop Restaurant at 941 W. Randolph St. in the West Loop, a representative confirmed Friday.

With an unassuming back-alley entrance through an unmarked door, patrons can only access the Prohibition-themed bar with a password posted on Facebook and Instagram weekly or as an invited guest for private events. If the red light above the unmarked door is on, the speakeasy is open for business. 

The bar will be open late Thursdays and Fridays until 2 a.m. and on Saturdays until 3 a.m., a spokesperson said.  

Inspired by the Roaring '20s, the contemporary speakeasy offers more than 100 top whiskeys, an extensive selection of fine wines, local beers and craft cocktails served in mason jars, tin cups and moonshine jugs. A rotating secret menu will feature bites that include truffle fries, oysters and steak sliders. 

Inside, the intimate, amber-lit room features dark wood, old-fashioned lamp posts, plush antique furnishing and historic photos from the Prohibition era. The speakeasy will offer live music and DJs on select nights. 

Meet & Whiskey is the vision of French-born restaurateur Jovanis Bouargoub, who owns six Porkchop restaurants in the Chicago area, with plans to open three more restaurants in the works. 

The speakeasy can accommodate private parties of up to 40 guests. 

Patrons can enter Meet & Whiskey through an unassuming door in Porkchop's back alley. [Meet & Whiskey]

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