Spot These 8 Chicago Details in Drinking Buddies

The new film by Chicago’s Joe Swanberg hits theaters this weekend, and it’s littered with local references on screen.

Photograph: Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
 

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in the new movie Drinking Buddies, out in theaters this weekend.

If you’re planning on catching Drinking Buddies in theaters this weekend, expect to see a lot of Chicago Easter eggs—the movie, which centers around Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde as coworkers at a brewery, was filmed entirely in the local beer scene. Chicago filmmaker Joe Swanberg, who directed the movie, always intended to be very clear about where the movie takes place: “[Dropping Chicago names] was just an aspect of really digging into making these characters specific,” he told Chicago. “The goal [is] even people who don’t live here in Chicago will at least recognize specificity.”

Wondering how specific? Here are just a few spotted during the movie.

Old Style hat Jake Johnson’s character Luke never seems to be without his trust cap. Yes, Old Style is from Wisconsin, but any Chicagoan knows it has infested the city in the last century.

Revolution Brewing The movie films primarily at the Revolution Brewing tap room on Kedzie. The tap room is one of several places to drink Chicago beer from the source.

Iron Fist Pale Ale Posters for Revolution’s famous beer litter the background. It’s also one of the 62 Chicago beers you should be tasting now.

Orr Academy Anna Kendrick’s character Jill is a teacher at Orr Academy.

Empty Bottle The characters meet up after work and play pool at Empty Bottle, one of the best bars in Chicago.

Half Acre t-shirt Olivia Wilde’s character Kate comes to work in a Half Acre Beer Company T-shirt. No surprise, though. “Olivia’s character, Kate, is inspired by my friend Kate who works at Half Acre. So there’s a big Half Acre connection,” Swanberg says.

Daisy Cutter Speaking of Half Acre, the company’s Daisy Cutter shows up during a long night of drinking for Luke and Kate.

Threewalls poster When Olivia Wilde’s character moves out of her apartment at the end of the movie, the camera flashes to a poster for Threewalls gallery.

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11 months ago
Posted by janeriggs

Hey editors, "centers around" is grammatically incorrect. It should be "centers on."

11 months ago
Posted by MrJM

A Chicago movie without Jim Belushi?

That's unpossible!

-- MrJM

11 months ago
Posted by FishCO

I'm almost positive one of the bar scenes took place at Black Rock. Can anyone confirm or deny? It's bugging the hell out of me.

11 months ago
Posted by mbmullens

Yep, can confirm it was definitely Black Rock! Learned that from talking to Joe Swanberg at a Q&A for the movie. Another fun fact about bar locales in the movie: They considered shooting a scene at Cole's Bar on Milwaukee by the Revolution Brewpub, but had to scrap that idea because there is a large walk-in fridge behind their bar that made too much noise to film around.

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