I have been eagerly anticipating what was going to replace the Paramount Room, one of my old hangouts. The building sits near my beloved B_Line (an ever-changing myriad of murals), so I'm in the area often.
I immediately entered the bar and was greeted by the affable chef, Lamar Moore, who wasted no time giving me a full tour. The alluring street level area includes a kitchen and bar with exposed brick and perfect acoustics.
In addition, there are two lower levels that encompass the Chatterbox (a room that holds up to 14 people) and Chit Chat (a lounge that operates Thursday-Saturday).
This multi-level space is what really makes it stand out from other establishments. We exited Chit Chat through a different door, leading to a fantastic mural by Charles Utero.
The Swill Inn offers 10 taps with a list that screamed summer. They had me at beer and a biscuit, so I started with a Flywheel (German pilsner) from Metropolitan. You can order this particular beer with a housemade "everything" biscuit for an additional $2. The biscuit is a supreme match to the spicy hops.
I rarely pass up Tank 7, a farmhouse ale from Boulevard Brewing, so I chose that next. This delicious beer never gets old.
While I should have stopped at these two, I ordered one more because I didn’t want to leave. I appreciate the interesting beers from Off Color, so I got a Tooth & Claw. This crisp, refreshing pilsner was a terrific way to end my exceptional visit.
You will find an array of cute buttons for the taking at the bar. I proudly wear my pins to make sure I’m always having a swill day!
Tags: biscuits, B_Line, Chicago, craft beer, Dustin Drankiewicz, have yourself a swill day, Lamar Moore, life is swill, Paramount Room, river west, Roy Appukuttan, The Swill Inn, Treaty Oak Distillery