After having to close its original location due to a Brown Line ‘L’ expansion, Tiny Lounge settled into its new spot in Lincoln Square and has since thrived as a both a neighborhood haunt and well-oiled destination. The wood-lined bar with floor-to-ceiling front windows that open to a breezy sidewalk patio serves some of the city’s best cocktails and has a menu of gourmet pizzas, tasty tacos, tiny grass-fed burgers and mind-blowing French fries. Partner Mark Johnson oversees the bar program, which is stocked with about 10 vodkas, including six small-batch varieties like ZU Vodka and Double Cross. Over the years, Tiny’s bartenders have often been nominated as the city’s best and they’ll always mix a delicious drink, whether from their list or your request.
THE DRINK TO DRINK
A list staple, Tito’s Hammock combines Tito’s Handmade Vodka with fresh lemon juice, fresh cucumber and simple syrup. It sounds like summer, but it’s great year-round.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Tiny earned a reputation as a cool hang with occasional live music. It has no TVs so go prepared to converse with your friends—or make some new ones.