Top 10 most exciting bar openings of 2017

16th January, 2018 by Nicola Carruthers

Prairie School, Chicago

Photo courtesy: Anthony Tahlier

Star bartender Jim Meehan has opened a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bar in Chicago that combines a creative yet concise cocktail list, Midwest nostalgia, and a fondness for foreign cultures. Taking inspiration from Wright’s work in America and Japan, the menu includes 12 cocktails that will be served in rotation, including a Gin Blossom that trades out the citrus peel garnish for a pickled peach, and two non-alcoholic blends that contain spirit teas.

Prairie School boasts that no cocktail takes more than thirty seconds to mix, and they will be alternated based on the 24 Japanese sekkis, or short seasons, rather than the more traditional seasons of the western world. As Wright would have turned 150 in 2017, it seemed a great way to mark the occasion.

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