‘Chicago Fire’ cast favors neighborhood bars
BY LORI RACKL TV Critic September 10, 2013 8:00PM
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Updated: October 12, 2013 6:06AM
Putting out fires can work up a thirst.
The cast of “Chicago Fire” has drilled down on a few favorite watering holes in the city after filming the first season of the NBC drama, returning Sept. 24.
Taylor Kinney goes gaga for Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W. Randolph.
“Bar food but great food, maybe 50 TVs, a lot of craft beers and stuff on tap you can’t get anywhere else,” said the actor, who’s Lt. Kelly Severide on the show and Lady Gaga’s beau in real life. The Randolph Row spot is his go-to place when friends come to visit.
British-born Eammon Walker (Battalion Chief Boden) turned the cast on to the Monkey’s Paw, 2524 N. Southport. Walker is a scotch aficionado, and the Lincoln Park establishment offers an extensive menu of the single-malt variety, as well as farm-to-table cuisine.
“It’s a grub pub, as we would say in England,” Walker said about the cast’s de facto hideaway.
River North’s Sable Kitchen and Bar, 505 N. State, boasts one of the region’s biggest selection of amber spirits, which makes Yuri Sardarov (Otis) a loyal customer.
“I’m a big scotch guy,” said the Glenbrook North High School grad.
That’s no longer the case for Australian actor Jesse Spencer (Lt. Matthew Casey), who developed a taste for the Scottish-made beverage while living in Great Britain.
“Now, I’m a bit more American — beer and bourbon,” said Spencer, a Haymarket fan like Kinney.
Monica Raymund (paramedic Gabriella Dawson) likes to keep it local by holding court at the Monarch, 1745 W. North, in her Wicker Park ’hood.
Joe Minoso (Joe Cruz) is partial to Andersonville’s Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark. It pours his favorite Belgian beer, Kwak.
New to the cast this season, Jeff Hephner used to live in River North when he was filming the now-canceled Starz series “Boss.” Now that he’s back in town, “I’m probably going to end up at the Green Door more often than not,” Hephner said about the former speakeasy at 678 N. Orleans.
On the show, the firefighters flock to fictional Molly’s, an actual Bucktown bar that goes by the name Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland. “Chicago Fire” fans were known to gather there last season for Wednesday night viewing parties. The series moves to Tuesday nights this fall.
“I’m going to try to convince the cast … to do some live tweeting from Lottie’s,” Minoso said.
Naperville native David Eigenberg (Christopher Herrmann) will do some eating and drinking Monday night at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph, as one of the featured guests in this month’s installment of a show called “The Dinner Party.” Tickets are available for $40 at citywinery.com/chicago.