A Night Out at Whiskey Trust, the New Craft Cocktail Bar in Boystown

The tavern/distillery serves seriously good drinks in the former home of a classic club.

Bartender at work at Whiskey Trust   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

There are now two bars in the space that, up until Memorial Day weekend, housed the iconic Boystown nightclub Spin. One is a dance club called Chloe’s. The other is Whiskey Trust (3206 N. Halsted, Lake View), a craft cocktail bar and distilling operation that opened last week, just in time for this past weekend’s Pride festivities.

In spite of its location, the spacious lounge isn’t strictly a gay bar—it’s just a welcoming place for anyone to sip on excellent drinks made with house-distilled liquors (you can see the distillation equipment in one corner of the bar). We particularly enjoyed their smoky take on a Manhattan and the spicy-sweet One Night in Bangkok. 

Here’s what we saw when we stopped in Saturday night.

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