Five Star (Bar, Ukrainian Village)
Location: 1424 W. Chicago Ave.
Where can you find great deals on food and booze, a pool table, tattoo-inspired wallpaper, and a bunch of thirsty writers hanging from a stripper pole during an official “meeting”? The answer, my friends, is Five Star. This eclectic Ukrainian Village watering hole, to quote my lovely editor, Tessa, “has the feel of a biker bar but welcomes like a Wicker Park bar”. Whether you want to play pool in the back over a few beers, catch the last rays of summer sun on the patio-area out front, or dine on scrumptious pulled pork nachos in one of the large, leather booths, Five Star has a spot for everyone.
Five Star offers a great menu, complete with yummy appetizers and full course meals, all reasonably priced. I, personally, am no beer connoisseur. I’ll take a cocktail over a brew in a second! But it was a Tuesday evening, so I opted for a Bud Light. Fortunately, my fellow writers, all much bigger beer lovers than I, informed me that Five Star’s beer list is very respectable, with an impressive selection of imports, domestics, etc. I was far more interested in their equally extensive list of whiskey, bourbon, and scotch, but again, it was a Tuesday.
There are lots of great things to say about the first bar on this crawl. However, my favorite feature, by far, is the private party room in back, complete with two televisions (which, at the time were broadcasting videos of people skateboarding), fascinating yellow wallpaper plastered with tattoo-like images (a half-naked mermaid, for example), and…a stripper pole. This cozy room, which is completely lined by a comfy, leather booth-like bench that seats about 20, is a great spot for a private gathering of friends looking to get a little rowdy.
After a successful meeting and a few spins on the stripper pole, we were off to our second stop….