Paul McGee and his team at Lost Lake are excited to welcome Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar & Refuge to Chicago from February 28 – March 4. Anvil, one of Houston’s most celebrated cocktail bars, will be taking over Lost Lake for a weeklong pop-up while McGee & co are on a research trip to Martinique.
When Anvil Bar & Refuge opened in 2009, it was Houston’s first bar devoted to classic cocktails. Building a program with equal focus on utilizing quality spirits and serving locals, Anvil quickly gained popularity among Houstonians and garnered national acclaim.
For Anvil’s foray into the Chicago cocktail landscape, Heugel is delving into the annals of US bar history to inform the concept.
The popular tiki temples that inspired Lost Lake met their downfall in the 1970s through the onset of disco culture. The laid-back vibe and the quality, handcrafted drinks that are pillars of tiki couldn’t coexist with the demand for super speedy service, live music and dance floors. Heugel and his team will explore a booze-fueled conspiracy theory that tiki and disco are not opposing cosmic forces, and can, in fact, spectacularly co-exist.
Channeling the tiki-disco hybrids that exist in Caribbean discotheques outside the US, Anvil Bar & Refuge will present an alternative reality in which they envision what would have happened if tiki and disco had merged here in the United States. Expect tropical takes on classic cocktails, sharable punch bowls with a Houston edge, and much more. Heugel will also be bringing his popular ‘Break Even” program up from Texas, which allows guests to have a one ounce pour of an extremely high end spirit at cost, in the spirit of thanking guests and continuing cocktail education.
Thank You, the American-Chinese takeout counter located next to and serving Lost Lake, will also be joining in on the retro callbacks with an opulent menu inspired by classic 1970s dinner party snacks. Expect shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, deviled eggs, and more from Executive Chefs Jennifer Jackson and Justin Tootla.