The Office & Chicago’s Speakeasy

The Office. No not the TV show but the Speakeasy.  I had the pleasure of being invited to the Office after being done with the kitchen drink tasting menu at the Aviary back on a cold night I got completely wasted and don’t remember.

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I personally don’t like the crowds and enjoy going unnoticed when I go out.  I’m not the bar, lounge or club scene type of person.  I personally don’t give a shit about getting bottle service, sitting a level up from the dance floor, and having 300 random people look at me at a club.  Why?  Well, it’s simple.  Do you know how many pizzas I can buy with that money? Do you know how many people I can annoy on social media in that time?  A lot.

The Office Speakeasy Chicago
The Office’s Paintings on the Wall

I’m no longer in my 20s and looking to get trashed.  I want my experiences in life to evolve and I want to find that one person I could annoy for the rest of my life.  It’s the same reasons why I’m looking for love on Tinder.  The Office provides the perfect intimate setting to swipe left and right while having people know you’re on Tinder.

The Office has every element of a Speakeasy except having a really cool entrance that’s in a bookstore or on the street.   The entrance is next to the men’s and women’s restroom in the basement of the Aviary.  It’s totally discreet and the good thing is it doesn’t smell like ass being so close to the restroom.  Thank goodness for the “Chicago Wind”.

It’s small, dimly lit, exclusive, quiet and played 90s hip hop. Actually, 90s gangsta rap to be exact.  Seriously.  What Speakeasy plays Eazy E’s Real Muhf*ckin Gz as background music?!  Dope.  They would have gotten 10s all around if the broke out the Journey cause she’s just a small town girl livin’ in a lonely world.  In this case, she’s on Tinder.

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The Bartender

I think the only other Speakeasy that could compete with the Office would be Palmer & Co in Sydney, Australia.  However, Palmer & Co is very loud and an all out party like the speakeasy scene in the recent Great Gatsby. The Office’s bartenders were really great and helpful. They had recommendations and knew how to make a drink.  By how to make a drink, I mean they knew how to get you completely trashed beyond belief.

The Office bill was one of the classiest things I’ve seen.   It was hand written and sealed with wax or simply one of the lit candles there.  You could see the seal stamp on it.  The quality of the paper was amazing.  Unfortunately, I ended up using it as a coaster when I got back to the hotel.

The Office Speakeasy Chicago
Bottle of cognac

Lastly, it’s definitely worth the hype if you’re looking for something intimate, relaxing and actually get invited.  Unfortunately, it’s an invite only establishment and I have no idea how I got there.

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  • 8.5/10
    Service - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Flavors - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Decor - 8/10
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    Ambiance - 9/10
8.1/10

Summary

It’s an ultra-exclusive speakeasy located to the men’s and women’s restroom at the Aviary. Don’t ask me how I got invited cause I don’t remember. It’s definitely worth the visit.

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