Rock On

Talk about a bar that feels like it’s been around a while: The guys behind West Town’s High Dive, Georg Simos and Alex Tsolakides, are at it again with Rocking Horse in Logan Square. Simos gave us the exclusive on the new bar, slated for a late February or early March launch.

What’s the significance of the name Rocking Horse? We just liked [it]. We’ll probably have rocking horses behind the bar but we’re not sure if we’ll have one for people to actually ride—we don’t want to be mistaken for a country-Western bar.

Will there be any resemblance to High Dive? The food is similar, but we’re expanding the kitchen and considering eventually putting in a pizza [oven]. Games and movies will play on four or five TVs; there’s a separate room for a pool table and pinball machine. There’s more space, and it’s a little more energetic [than High Dive].

What about the drink menu? We’ll always do a craft brew of the month for $3.50. We’ll have an extensive beer list: 12 to 16 on tap, $3.50 to $7, and 60 bottles, from $2.50 PBRs to $12 Belgians.

What will the vibe be like? We’ve been collecting old thrift-store lamps from the seventies. Dark hardwood floors. Black leather booths that seat four to six people. No rock posters like High Dive: more low lighting but very inviting. If we can duplicate what we’re doing at High Dive, I’ll be very happy. If I have to be there five nights a week, I’d better like it.

GO: Rocking horse 2535 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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