Mary’s Rec Room (Bar, Andersonville)
Ok, let me preface this by saying that Mary’s was our stop AFTER the martini bar. Things began to get a little hazy, to say the least.
Eight large flatscreen TVs line the walls, which makes the Rec Room a great place for watching your team’s game. Though Rec Room bills itself as a sports bar, it’s got a bit more going for it than your average sports hangout. Old art, including a print of the second World’s Fair in Chicago, line the walls, and mosaic-covered posts scatter the main bar. Mary’s is also in the business of brewing. Yep, that’s right — they brew their own beers right in the bar! Beers change seasonally, but some of the current options include the Blonde Bombshell Organic Golden Ale, Mary Hoppins Pale Ale, Gangster Hopped-Up Amber Ale, and Busta Nut Brown Ale.
Another local plus? Mary’s is really into sustainable eating. Their menu’s tongue-in-cheek motto states that you are what you eat. That means they serve animal proteins that contain no growth hormones or antibiotics, and all meats come from suppliers who practice humane treatment of farm animals. So, you not only can feel good about what you’re drinking, but what you’re eating, too.
Hamburger Mary’s and it’s accompanying bars (the Attic and the Rec Room) are part of a franchise. So those lucks folks in Oregon, California, Colorado, Kansas, Michigan and Florida can enjoy all that Mary has to offer, as well.
Two thumbs up for the super friendly bartenders and servers, who indulged my drunken tendency to chit chat for much longer than necessary. As fellow service industry workers, we agreed that a place is only as good as the people who work there and the people who come there. The Rec Room scores high on both counts.
I’ll be back… whether to inappropriately get smashed on a Tuesday night, or to relax and sip a beer with friends while playing pool. But probably the first one.
This review first appeared in UPchicago Bar Crawl #4: Edgewater & Andersonville