“The Insider's Guide” Of Where To Go And What To Do In Chicago
The name for the River North speakeasy is morse code for the letter V, which stands for victory. Yet, it's not celebrating the end of the Prohibition era. After World War II ended, Tiki was revied and people went back to drinking rum-infused tropical drinks.
The Speakeasy can be found in an alley behind Bub City and, upon entering the back door, you will be guided down a dark stairwell lit by ominous skulls. Once you get to the bottom, you will find yourself transported to paradise where everything is covered with bamboo, Tiki statues are found on tables, plants are in the corners, and luau dressed waiters take your order.
The bar has typical island drinks, including the original Three Dots and a Dash drink created during WWII, but also a more modern version of classics, like the Aloha Felecia #3. Beware of the drinks on the menu with two skulls next to its name, which indicates they will definitely leave you tipsy.
Their drinks are certainly Instagramable as they come in amusing Tiki mugs and complimented with tropical garnishes and a keepsake swizzle stick. If you are coming along with a group and a big wallet, the menu offers pricey group drinks that come in giant shells, glass skulls, or even an overflowing treasure chest.
The 151 Swizzle has a hint of black licorice, nutmeg, and lime. It's true to its two skulls listing with 151 proof Demerara rum and absinthe so definitely do not drink this on an empty stomach.