Weather Mark Tavern
A few weeks ago, a couple buddies and I decided to grab some lunch. One of my friends had a Groupon for a bar in the South Loop so we decided to check it out. The bar was Weather Mark Tavern located at 1503 Michigan Ave. Weather Mark is one of the only nautical bars in Chicago, and with Lake Michigan’s sailing season quickly approaching, it’s a much visit. When we got there, a sailing club was actually meeting to discuss their upcoming trips. The staff was really friendly and the owner, Mark Stern, even came and chilled with us for a while as he filled us in on the drink selections. One of the coolest parts about this bar, is the selection of over 50 kinds of rum (fitting in perfectly with the bar’s sailing theme). They have what is called the Weather Mark Rum Club. What happens is, they give you a card called a passport. In the passport is the different kinds of rum they carry. They hold on to the passport for you so every time you come in and try a new rum on the list, they’ll check it off…try all the rums and your name goes up on a plaque behind the bar-pretty cool. They are known for their sipping rums but also have good ones for mixing as well. We also entertained ourselves by playing this game they have on the wall which consists of taking a ring on a string, swinging it, trying to to latch onto a hook…I guess you would have to see it to fully get it, but take my word for it, It’s pretty challenging and fun. I thought I’d write about Weather Mark because it was a really interesting place to hang out, especially if you are into boats and sailing. Either way, the food was solid, the drinks were strong, and the atmosphere was one of a kind.