Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tap Takeover: Stout Night


Stout (/stout/) (adjective):
(of an act, quality, or person) brave and determined.
synonym: determined, vigorous, forceful, spirited


We’re in the thick of a Chicago Winter and it is not for the faint of heart. We have to weather this weather by being brave and determined. By hunkering down. By eating and drinking a lot.

Sure, we’ve got delicious cocktails that’ll warm your bones (ahem, Hot Buttered Rum) and two roaring fireplaces on the regular. Yes, we deliver hot chocolate to our beloved patrons when they’re in line during these freezing nights. But still we ask ourselves: what can we do to make these next few months easier for everyone?

So, stouts. They’re delicious! They’re bracing! And we’ve got a bunch of remarkable ones for you all in one place on Monday, January 11th:

North Coast Brewing Barrel Aged Old Rasputin
Surly Brewing Co. Darkness
Off Color Brewing Dinos'mores
Dark Horse Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Plead the Fifth

Join us next week as our favorite breweries band together to make this a vigorous and spirited Tap Takeover!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

New Year's Eve!


2015, you were everything we always thought you’d be! Wait, what? What we mean is, 2015 you were cool, but let’s move on. And, as always, we’re here to help you ring in the New Year with a classy, sparkly, and cocktail-fueled party! Your ticket purchase secures your spot and provides all of your party needs:


  • Hors d'oeuvres!
  • Open bar!*
  • DJ for special end-of-year dance moves!
  • Champagne toast at midnight!


Thank you Uber and El Niño, two current luxuries that promise to make this upcoming NYE a little less horrible than those of years past. But still, no one likes to chase a party in a Chicago Winter, regardless of accessible rides and warm ocean tides. Instead, we invite you to cozy up with us and our two roaring fireplaces for the whole night. Space is limited, so score your tickets now!


*shots not included

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fan Fiction: Stirred is the Word


Goodbye, spritzers. Farewell, gin & tonics! Hello, brown & stirred! 

It gets dark right before your captors bosses release you from your desk. Boots will be your footwear of choice for the next four months. Dust off that snow shovel, because we're about to see Winter again.

But hey, it's not all bad! We drink some of our favorite dark spirits in copious amounts to keep us warm and cheery despite what's happening outside. And so, to celebrate the approaching season, we scoured our favorite cocktail books and also our favorite cocktail brains to find the best Brown & Stirred cocktails in the land! 

On Monday, November 23rd, we're offering up a one-night-only Fan Fiction menu that's the stir crazy antidote to cabin fever!

American Trilogy (Dutch Kills) - Rye, Apple Brandy, Brown Sugar, Orange Bitters
Arrow - Rye, Kina L'Aero
Elefante (Nomad) - Blanco Tequila, Punt e Mes, Combier D'Orange, Dolin Blanc, Luxardo Amaro Abano
Finale & Einhorn (Heritage) - Rye, Creme de Mure, Creme de Cacao, Laphroaig
Morton Ave (Scofflaw) - Bonded Bourbon, Rosemary Syrup, Chamomile Bitters
Newark (PDT) - Apple Brandy, Carpano Antica, Fernet, Luxardo Maraschino
Night Watch (Death & Co.) - Old Tom Gin, Blackstrap, East India Solera Sherry, Angostura Bitters
Pins & Needles (Nomad) - Plymouth Gin, Old Tom Gin, Alvear Pale Cream Sherry, Dolin Dry, Luxardo Maraschino
Rum Old Fashioned (Clyde Common) - 12 Year Rum, Demerara Syrup, Orange Bitters
Spaghetti Western (Death & Co.) - Reposado Tequila, Mescal, Amaro Nonino​, Orange Bitters

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

North Coast Brewing Co. Tap Takeover


We have a secret talent that we’ve never told you about. We can guess what beer you wish you were drinking at any given moment. And right now you’re thinking, ‘I just wants some suds from the West Coast. Specifically, from California.”

We’re right, right? And because we possess this hidden talent, we’ve already got ‘em on tap for you. Starting tonight at 7pm, North Coast Brewing Company takes over half of our taps!

So come get some of that California gold, as we offer up five of their brew-est brews, spanning all your favorite styles:

Scrimshaw Pilsner
Red Seal Amber
La Merle Saison
Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale
Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Dark Ale

Friday, June 12, 2015

Fan Fiction: Chicago All Stars Menu

 Swizzle Town

One of the coolest things about bartenders and cocktails is that we can ask the best ones from around town to concoct their favorite swizzle recipes, then we can make them all here at Scofflaw on one magical day. Basically, what we're saying is: it's Father's Day on June 21st and we want to celebrate in the classic dad fashion of "kick back, relax and let us do the hard work for you."

If you're a real dad, maybe that means someone else is going to mow the lawn while you spend time with us. But if you're a fake dad, or not a dad at all, that might mean that you're gonna park it right here at the bar and let us swizzle you up a good time just because it's a Sunday.

So, check out the menu below to fuel your cocktail daydreams and clear your schedule for an extended, boozy brunch next weekend!

Fan Fiction: Chicago All Stars Menu
Swizzles! 
Sunday, June 21st
11am-close

SWIZZLE TOWN
Peter Vestinos (The Betty)
Ron Botran, Finest Roots Mastiha, Combier Apricot, Creole Bitters, orange, mint
THE AMERICAN DREAM
Laura Kelton (Sportsman’s Club, FMK, Bordel)
Amontillado Sherry, apple brandy, apple pie spice, lemon, Angostura Bitters, grated nutmeg
SHE’S YOUR DAUGHTER
Jess Keene (The Barrelhouse Flat, The Drifter)
El Dorado 5 Year Rum, Old Grand-dad Bonded Bourbon, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, maple, cinnamon, lime, mint
THE DRIFTER
Liz Pearce (The Drifter)
St. George Green Chile Vodka, Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, Chareau, grapefruit, lime, grenadine
THAT DAMN TIKI… SO HOT RIGHT NOW
Brandon Phillips (Duck Inn)
Plantation Barbados Rum, Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, Combier Framboise, coconut milk, tropical oleo saccharum, lime, salt
MOMISETTE SWIZZLE
Cody Modeer (Ward Eight)
North Shore Absinthe, orgeat, lemon, soda
GOLD COAST SWIZZLE
Cristiana DeLucca (Maple & Ash)
Cruzan Dark Rum, Blackstrap Rum, Grand Marnier, Velvet Falernum, orange bitters, lime
SINK/SWIZZLE
Wade McElroy (The Sportsman’s Club, Pub Royale)
Banks 5 Year Rum, Absinthe, pineapple, lime, honey, Angostura
Scofflaw Swizzle #12

Brian Schultz (Scofflaw)

Pitu Cachaca, Evan Williams Bonded Bourbon, mango, black tea, lemon, Peychaud’s Bitters


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chicago Craft Beer Week: Perennial Artisan Ales Tap Takeover




Kris Nagy, our resident beer dude, just loves Chicago Craft Beer Week. And not just because he gets to repeat his mantra, “Live every week like it’s craft beer week.” It’s also because every beer aficionados’ spidey senses start tingling and Twitter blows up with all the amazing brews everyone’s sampling.

Hey, some people get this jazzed about the Westminster Dog Show. Everybody’s gotta have a hobby.

To celebrate, we’re turning over our half our taps to a killer brewery out of St. Louis: Perennial Artisan Ales! It’s the latest in a long history of awesome Tap Takeovers. Starting tonight at 5pm, you’ll find these awesome ales in the mix: Aria, Saison de Lis, Hommel Bier and Regalia. Looking for that really special something? We’re tapping the highly sought after Abraxas at — drumroll please — 9pm!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A Very Special Birthday Menu!


We’re having a birthday tomorrow night, and classic us, we got ourselves some pretty cool gifts.

Like a bunch of cocktails from days gone by. Miss the Weathered Axe? Us, too! So we put it on Thursday’s menu. Along with the Piña Colada, Last Light, and Feat of Strength, as pictured so beautifully above!  

We’ve had some really fun times over the past years, and that didn’t happen all by ourselves, so we enlisted the help of our beloved alumni to round out this party menu. Four Scofflaw bartenders from yesteryear contributed four awesome special cocktails for the occasion:

Pete Gugni’s Hanky Panky Sour (Beefeater Gin, Carpano Antica, Lemon, Fernet, Soda); Griffin Elliot’s Mr. Fantastic (Silver Coin Tequila, Habanero Cordial, Lemon, Grapefruit, Salt, Mint); Uby Khawaja’s Deco Step (Fords Gin, Kina L'Avion D'Or, Fernet Branca); and Doug Phillips’s Sleeper (Broker’s Gin, Escorial, Honeydew, Lime, Orange Bitters).

We love beer, too, so we’re also tapping a super duper limited release of Coffee Dino S'mores from Off Color Brewing!

Don’t worry we won’t let you drink all those fabulous drinks without proper pairings. Also on the menu is a $3 menu! Featuring: Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Pickles, Steak Tacos, Fried Chicken & a Biscuit, Spam Musubi, Muffuletta Sliders and Shoofly Pie!

See — we told you we tend to go overboard for a party. The festivities begin at 5pm on Thursday, March 12th and last until we drink and eat everything (or 2am, when we are legally obligated to close)!