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A Buzzy New Cocktail Bar Opened In Uptown Last Night

By Anthony Todd in Food on Feb 9, 2017 3:35PM

The sign for Larry's reflected in a mirror in the lobby of Lawrence House. Photo via Facebook.

Uptown isn't yet saturated with great bars and restaurants (Income Tax aside), so any opening is still pretty big news. Larry's, a new cocktail spot in the Lawrence House residential development, opened last night and is already getting plenty of buzz.

Lawrence House, if you're not familiar, is a Cedar Street redevelopment project on (where else?) Lawrence Avenue near Broadway. The building, which has undergone a massive renovation, offers trendy rental apartments, a super-stylish lobby and Heritage Outpost, a tiny, adorable coffee shop. In addition, the building was originally supposed to boast a location of juice bar Owen & Alchemy, though that's a no-go since the original location has closed.

Instead of juice, residents of Lawrence House (and their neighbors) got Larry's, a cocktail bar helmed by Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue, two former employees of Heisler Hospitality (which owns bars like Sportsman's Club, Revel Room and Queen Mary Tavern). The spot, which looks like a classic Chicago lobby bar, serves up a menu of very of-the-minute drinks, including a frozen montenegro sidecar, a pony of High Life with a shot of fernet, and a "salted coffee old fashioned." Eater has the complete menu. Prices range from $6 to $14, which seems a little high for Uptown (Lincoln Square and Andersonville cocktail bars usually stay in the $10-12 range).

We'll definitely be visiting soon.

Larry's is located at 1020 W. Lawrence Avenue.