Double Door is turning its basement into a speakeasy

We know a lot of about Double Door's history. Example: The famed Wicker Park music venue has hosted everyone from the Rolling Stones to Liz Phair and Smashing Pumpkins to Wilco,and had a nice cameo in the movie High Fidelity. And here's a fun fact that dates back even further than the '90s: During the Prohibition days,the space was a speakeasy. Current co-owner Sean Mulroney tells me it housed a furniture store in the front and a speakeasy in the back...and possibly a brothel upstairs. And now Mulroney is taking the space back to its roots. (Well,minus the furniture store and brothel.)

In about three weeks,Double Door's basement will reopen as Door No. 3,a speakeasy-type lounge with its own secret entrance under the El tracks near Damen Avenue. Mulroney says the space will be DJ-driven (think ambient music) and,unlike upstairs,cocktails will be served in glassware (as opposed to plastic cups) from servers. "Ten years ago,our most loyal customer was the hip bike messenger type who would come in with $20 and get a bunch of PBRs, " Mulroney says. "Now those guys are a little more grown up,have better jobs,but are still cool. This will be the place for them."

A drink menu is still being mapped out,but Mulroney says Door No. 3 will have a large beer selection (just like the concert venue upstairs) and he's working with a cocktail expert to create a stellar drink list.


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