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Added Sep 13 2017

Hi, recent addition to Portage Park here! Does anyone know the scoop on Martini Club on Irving Park? It seems to be closed, but then I saw it was open the other night. Is it really, as the name implies, a martini club?

  • I thought it was closed too.

    i would not say they "Specialize" in Martini's.

  • Botkin Kinch: the knife-blade

    I thought they were closed, and that there was a fire there a few nights ago.

  • PennyPenguin Chillin' out on EB

    Nothing to do with Martinis.

  • I haven't been there in a few years, but yes, they specialized in martinis, and they were awesome. They had a menu of maybe over 30-40 martinis, and they were strong, but didn't taste strong.

  • Did they say what caused the fire?

  • PennyPenguin Chillin' out on EB

    I never saw anyone drink a martini there. But I'm only one person. I would go once a week or so.

  • I've been wondering what's going on with that place for the last five years. It never seems open. When it is open, it's never busy. Yet they somehow stay in business. I was hoping they'd sell and we'd get a new or different type of bar or lounge. I've only been there once.

  • I believe Mikes Ale House was in that location prior to the martini club. My wife and I went in there when it was Mikes and loved it. It was a cute little bar with a few tables and a nice hardwood floor. We would go and have some nice bar fare and a few drinks. There was a little kitchen in the back. It was a beautiful little place that seemed like a nice spot for couples in our neighborhood. Now they moved down where Tony and Lil's was at and I have never been in there. Looks more like a bar for single drinkers, with a pool table and a bunch of people hanging around out front smoking. I wish they never moved.

  • PennyPenguin Chillin' out on EB

    I like the new Mikes and the old Mikes. I don't think those Martini Clubs were ever that good.

  • Is the new mikes any good? Do they have food?

  • The new Mike's? If you're talking about the bar at 5134 W Irving, though the Mike's sign is out front, the bar is actually called Margaret's. And yeah, they serve grub.

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