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Wade McElroy exudes passion, a trait usually found in the best bartenders. Thus, when he decided to start his own cocktail bar with partner Jeff Donahue, he made sure that it wasn't going to be run-of-the-mill in any way. Every detail was analyzed, examined, and re-worked.
The result: Sportsman's Club, an homage to old and new, located in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood. A student of cocktails, Wade can cite original cocktail books as if he's talking about Chicago Cubs players of years past. Consequently, Sportsman's cocktail menu has a comforting familiarity to it, though that familiarity often comes with a surprising twist thrown in to keep you on your toes.
Watch above as we sit down with Wade at his establishment to talk about how he got started, and what he looks for in a great bar. And, of course, we couldn't resist asking him to show us how to make a few of his favorite drinks .