Blokes & Birds Opens Tuesday

New Contemporary English Gastropub to Launch in Lakeview

Blokes & Birds, an exciting new restaurant and nightlife concept opening Tuesday, November 2 in the Lakeview neighborhood, will redefine the English pub experience in Chicago. Proprietor Daily Webb, a Chicago restaurant and nightlife veteran, has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia, bringing with him ideas and inspiration from across the globe. Combining updated gastropub fare and a smart selection of beers and spirits with a plush, comfortable atmosphere and plenty of nods to Anglophile favorites, Blokes & Birds, which is British slang for guys and girls, will offer a welcoming spot to return to any night of the week.

The bi-level space is filled with modern, masculine touches such as dark woods, sepia tones and cozy banquettes. Upstairs, the focal points are a massive, wraparound bar made of salvaged wood and a stunning stone fireplace surrounded by seating, as well as two intersecting communal tables and two 15 foot stand-up communal tables. Downstairs, a second fireplace, custom-made pool table and black and white photos of punk rock culture provide a unique-yet-convivial atmosphere. The bar also features several subtly placed TVs throughout the establishment.

The menu, created by Executive Chef Greg Cannon (formerly Executive Chef Chicago White Sox, Executive Chef Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, co-creator Haro, Executive Chef Nia Mediterranean Tapas) features contemporary twists on English fare and American comfort food. Assisting Cannon in the kitchen are Sous Chefs Joshua Pickel and Jeffrey Sikorski.  Blokes & Birds’ signature dishes include a unique selection of starters, entrees and specialties, such as Oatmeal and Potato Soup; Deviled Beef with spice curry and hot mustard pickle; Sausage Platter with white and black pudding; salads featuring Pimm’s vinaigrette and Cumberland vinaigrette; Sheppard’s Pie with 14 hour stout-braised lamb shoulder; Blokes’ version of Fish and Chips; Compart Farms Pork Tenderloin; Bloke’s Burger with heirloom and artisan cheeses, Drambuie onions and malt vinegar aioli; BLT with back bacon, Compart bacon, lettuce, tomato and fried duck egg; Deviled Ham sandwich; sides such as Curried Cauliflower in caramel with green apple and Rumbledthumps Mashed Potatoes and kale; Classic English Trifle; Warm Marmalade Pudding and English Garden Creme Brulee.

The gastropub fare is complemented by 70 global imports (Wells Bombardier and Abbot Ale lead the English side, while Gulden Draak, St. Bernardus Abt 12 and Tripel Karmeliet head the Belgium brews) and American craft beers (such as locally-made Krankshaft by Metropolitan Brewing and Resistance IPA by Two Brothers Brewing Company), including 24 on tap and a well-edited wine list.

The custom craft cocktail menu produced by local sommelier, Justin Leone, features such libations as “The B-Cup” (a spin on the traditional Pimm’s Cup with Tito’s vodka, Aperol, Pimm’s No.1, St. Germain, Absolut Blueberry, simple syrup, fresh blueberries and lemon juice), “The ‘Choke Hold” (Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon, Cynar, Pama liqueur and Benedictine liqueur) and “Mind the Bollocks” (Evan Williams’ bourbon, Navan liqueur, Peter Heering cherry heering, Demarema syrup, egg white and lime juice).

Music is a featured accompaniment at Blokes & Birds, with hand-selected tunes from tightly-focused genres. The nightly play list will include 70s and 80s British rock, punk and new wave, and a dedicated English rock night will be held weekly (think: Joy Division, Adam Ant, Toy Dolls, The Damned, The Clash, Radiohead, Muse and Massive Attack).

As of November 2, Blokes & Birds will be open Sunday through Friday from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Blokes & Birds does not accept table reservations.

Blokes & Birds Menus

starters

lobster bisque $7
oatmeal & potato soup $6
mussels vindaloo or abbot ale steamed $10
baked mac n cheese artisan cheeses $10
deviled beef spicy curry & hot mustard pickle $8
truffled forest mushrooms peat smoked sea salt $8
sausage platter bangers, white & black puddings $12
cheese platter an assortment of artisan cheeses $15
lobster stuffed deviled eggs saffron dyed with tobikko caviar $12

salads

greens & herbs pimm’s vinaigrette $6
wedge iceberg, bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese with drambuie onions $6
rocket & romaine goat cheese, avocado, majool dates, tomatoes & chicken with cumberland vinaigrette $8

entrees

shepherd’s pie 14– hour stout braised lamb shoulder $12
fish & chips malt vinegar aioli & thick cut tartar sauce $10
bangers mashed potatoes and minted peas $10
chicken tikka masala curried cauliflower & saffron rice $12
saffron lobster risotto vanilla oil $18
compart farms pork tenderloin rumbledthumps, mango chutney & blood orange balsamic $16
atlantic salmon sea beans, mashed potato & orange horseradish marmalade $14

sandwiches

bloke’s burger 4– year cheddar or horseradish havarti, drambuie onions, malt vinegar aioli & lettuce $9
foie burger prime beef & foie gras with truffled chips $18
opened face corned beef sauerkraut & melted havarti $9
b & b’s blt back bacon, compart bacon, lettuce, tomato & a fried duck egg $9
duroc deviled ham lettuce & tomato $7
chicken thigh bacon, avocado, lettuce & roasted garlic–basil aioli $7

sides $4

chips
rumbledthumps
bubble & squeak
minted peas
curried cauliflower with caramel apples
fried duck egg (seasonal)

after $7

trifle
chocolate sin cake
warm marmalade pudding
trio crème brulees
milk & cookies

craft cocktails

if it ain’t bloke, don’t fix it bombay dry gin, noilly prat dry vermouth, fee brothers orange bitters $9
my favorite color bombay sapphire gin, absolute vanilla, green chartreuse, lillet blanc $11
the burnham & berrow cucumber slices, oxley gin, lillet blanc, grey goose pear, miclo rose liqueur, lemon juice $9
churchill downs basil leaves, pineapple, lunazul reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup $8
deer in the hind-sights cruzan spice-infused two year rum, velvet falernum, ramazzotti amaro, cruzan blackstrap rum $9
breakfast at tiffany’s belvedere pink grapefruit, pineapple juice, lavendar syrup, dash angostura bitters $11
the b-cup fresh blueberries, pimms no.1 cup, aperol, tito’s vodka, absolut blueberry, st. germain, simple syrup, lemon juice $8
cobbles & stones peach, vanilla bean & cinnamon-infused maker’s mark, pallini peachello, van gogh caramel, p.x. sherry, demarera syrup, lemon juice $10
the ‘choke-hold jefferson’s reserve bourbon, cynar, pama liqueur, benedictine liqueur $9
mind the bollocks evan williams bourbon, navan liqueur, peter heering cherry heering, perfect puree sour cherry puree, lime juice, demarera syrup, egg white $8
ol’ chum bernheim original whiskey, hennessy vs cognac, carpano antica sweet vermouth, benedictine liqueur, angostura & peychaud’s bitters $12
yankee-doodle dandy mellow corn whiskey, grand marnier, sweet vermouth, lemon juice $8
tall, dark & handsome bacardi light rum, zwack, bacardi special dark rum, lime juice, demarera syrup $8
*pukka perfect puree coconut, pineapple juice, lime juice, tarragon syrup $6
*ms. masha perfect puree sour cherry, orange juice, thyme syrup, lemon juice, egg white, rhubarb bitters $6
*non-alcoholic

white wines

canyon oaks, chardonnay california $5
pierre delize, blanc de blance nv domaine auran crémant, de loire, france $6/$21
dry creek, fume blanc sonoma county, california 2008 $7/$24
fleur, chardonnay north coast appellation, california 2008 $8/$25
ca’del sarto, pinot grigio friuli-venezia guilia, italy 2008 $6/$21
montaudon, champagne brut nv champagne, france $75
mont marcal, rosado brut sparkling wine penedès, catalonia 2005 $45

red wines

canyon oaks, cabernet california $5
canyon oaks, merlot california $5
casa de campo, malbec mendoza river, argentina 2009 $6/$20
right hand man, barrel 27, syrah central coast, california 2006 $11/$36
trentadue, merlot alexander valley, california 2007 $10/$30
pierano, “the other red” lodi, california 2008 $9/$27
ventisquero reserva, cabernet sauvignon maipo valley, chile 2007 $6/$25

draught

Abbot Ale, Green King Brewery Suffolk, England 20oz $6
Allagash White, Allagash Brewing Co. Portland, Maine 16oz $6
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Brewing Co. Milton, Delaware 16oz $5
Lagunitas Pils, Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, California 12oz $5
Metropolitan Krankshaft Kolsch, Metropolitan Brewing Co. Chicago, Illinois 16 oz $5
Original Sin Hard Cider, Original Sin Cider Co. Middlebury, Vermont 16oz %5
Piraat, Brouwerij Van Steenberge Ertvelde, Belgium 12oz $9
St Bernardus Abt 12, Westvleteren Brewery Watou-Flanders, Belgium. 12oz $9
Stone Pale Ale, Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, California. 16oz $6
Tripel Karmeliet, Brouwerij Bosteels Buggenhout, Belgium 12 oz $8
Two Brothers Cane & Ebel, Two Brothers Brewing Co. Warrenville, Illinois 16oz $5
Wells Bombardier Ale, Wells, Wells & Young’s Brewing Co. Bedford, England 20oz $6

Austria

Stiegl Pils, Stiegl Brauerei Salzburg, Austria 12oz $6

Belgium

Gulden Draak, Brouwrij Van Seenberge Ertvelde, Belgium 12oz $9
Orval, Brasserie D’ Orval Gaume, Belgium 12oz $9
Pauwel Kwak, Brouwerij Bosteels Buggenhout, Belgium 12oz $9
Saison Dupont, Brasserie Dupont-Tourpez Leuze, Belgium 375 ml $9
Timmermans Framboise Lambic, Brewery Timmermans Itterbeek, Belgium 12oz $10
Timmermans Strawberry Lambic, Brewery Timmermans Itterbeek, Belgium 12oz $10

England

Fullers ESB Ale, Griffin Brewery-Chiswick West London, England 12oz $5
Meantime Coffee Porter, Meantime Brewing Co. London, England 12oz $9
Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Yorkshire, England 12oz $7
Sam Smith Taddy Porter, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Yorkshire, England 12oz $7
Sam Smith Imperial Stout, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery Yorkshire, England 12oz $7
Wells Banana Bread, Wells & Young’s Brewing Co. Bedford, England 12oz $6

Scotland

Skullsplitter, Orkney Breweries Orkney, Scotland 12oz $8

United States

Anchor Steam, Anchor Brewing Co. San Francisco, California 12oz $5
Bells Amber Ale, Bells Brewing Co. Comstock, Michigan 12oz $5
Dark Horse Amber Ale, Dark Horse Brewing Co. Marshall, Michigan 12oz $6
Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA, Flying Dog Brewery Frederick, Maryland 12oz $5
Founders Red Rye, Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, Michigan 12oz $5
Founders Dirty Bastard, Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, Michigan 12oz $5
Founders Pale Ale, Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, Michigan 12oz $5
Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland, Ohio 12oz $5
Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Co. Cleveland, Ohio 12oz $5
J.K. Scrumpy Organic Hard Cider, Almar Orchards Flushing, Michigan 22oz $13
Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, California 12oz $5
Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale, Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, California 12oz $5
Lagunitas IPA, Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, California 12oz $5
Left Hand Milk Stout, Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont, Colorado 12oz $5
Metropolitan Fly Wheel, Metropolitan Brewing Co. Chicago, Illinois 12oz $5
Ommegang Three Philosophers Quadrupel, Ommegang Brewery Cooperstown, New York 12oz $5
PBR Tall Boy, Pabst Brewing Co. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 16oz $5
Rocky’s Revenge Bourbon Brown Ale, Tyranena Brewing Co. Lake Mills, Wisconsin 12oz $5
Ska Modus Hoperandi, Ska Brewing Co. Durango, Colorado 12oz $5
Ska True Blond Ale, Ska Brewing Co. Durango, Colorado 12oz $5
Stone Levitation Ale, Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, California 12oz $5
Stone Ruination IPA, Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, California 12oz $8
Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, California 22oz $11
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous, Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, California 22oz $13
Three Floyds Alpha King, Three Floyds Brewery Munster, Indiana 16oz $6
Three Floyds Drednaught, Three Floyds Brewery Munster, Indiana 16oz $7
Three Floyds Pride & Joy, Three Floyds Brewery Munster, Indiana 16oz $6
Victory Golden Monkey, Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown, Pennsylvania 12oz $7
Victory Prima Pils, Victory Brewing Co. Downingtown, Pennsylvania 12oz $5

vodka

absolut $6
absolut citron $6
absolut mandarin $6
absolut pear $6
absolut berri acai $6
absolut vanilla $6
absolut blueberry $6
belvedere $8
belvedere pink grapefruit $8
chopin $8
death’s door $8
grey goose $8
grey goose pear $8
effen black $7
ketel one $7
luksusowa $7
titos $7
van gogh caramel $9

bourbon whiskey

bakers $8
basil hayden $8
blantons $9
bookers $9
bulleit $7
elijah craig 12 year $8
elijah craig 18 year $9
elijah craig single barrel $8
evan williams $6
jeffersons reserve $8
jim beam $6
knob creek $8
makers 46 $8
makers mark $7

rye & wheat whiskey

bernheim wheat $8
old overholt rye $8
templeton rye $7

additional whiskey

black bush $8
bushmills 1608 $8
bushmills $7
crown royal $7
death’s door white $7
jack daniels $6
jameson $6
makers mark infusion $8
mellow corn whiskey $6
segrams 7 $6
segrams vo $6
southern comfort $6
tullamore dew $7
whippersnapper $9

scotch whiskey

aberlour 12 year $8
ardbeg 10 year $9
balvenie 12 year $8
dalwhinnie 15 year $9
chivas $7
dewars $6
glenfiddich 12 year $8
glenlivet 12 year $8
glenlivet french oak 15 year $12
glenmorangie 10 year $8
johnny walker black $8
johnny walker blue $25
johnny walker green $9
johnny walker red $7
laphroaig 10 year $9
macallan 12 year $8
oban 14 year $9

gin

beefeater $6
bombay dry $7
bombay saphire $8
oxley small batch dry $9
ransom old tom $9
smalls $7
tanqueray $7

rum

bacardi light $6
bacardi limón $6
bacardi orange $6
bacardi razz $6
bacardi special dark $7
black strap $7
captain morgan $6
cruzan spiced $7
kilo kai $7
malibu $6
myers dark $6
ron barcelò añejo $8
ron barcelò gran añejo $9
ron barcelò imperial $10

tequila

don julio anjeo $8
don julio blanco $7
fidencio mezcal $9
luna azul $6
patrón añejo $8
patrón coffee $7
patrón reposado $8
patrón silver $7
sauza $6

cognac

hennessy vsop $9
hennessy vs $8
hennessy black $8
landy vs $9
remy martin vsop $9

cordials

amaretto di sarano $7
aperol $8
b & b $7
baileys $7
benedictine $7
blue curacao $5
campari $7
chambord $7
chartreuse $8
cointreau $7
cynar $8
dekuyper amaretto $5
drambuie $7
galliano $7
godiva dark $7
godiva white $7
grand marnier $7
harlem $6
heering cherry $8
kahlua $7
lillet $8
m & r dry vermouth $5
m & r sweet vermouth $5
miclo rose $8
miclo violet $8
midori $6
navan $7
pallini limoncello $7
pama $7
peach schnapps $5
pimms $7
romano sambuca $7
st. germaine $8
velvet falernum $8
zwack $8

Blokes & Birds

3343 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60657

773-472-5252

http://www.blokesandbirdschicago. com

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