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Gold stars for Hi-Hat Garage bartenders

Last night, after checking out the "New Witch" show at Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery, 2375 S. Howell Ave., my friend and I went to the Hi-Hat Garage for drinks. When we got there, it was just after 10 p.m., and the place was still pretty empty. We grabbed two seats at the bar, with plans to have a cocktail, chat a little and move on to Jamo's, 1800 N. Arlington Pl. 

Three-and-a-half hours later, we were still saddled up to the same bar, and having a blast -- partially due to The Garage's great bartenders. I wish I had asked their names, because all three of them were really good, and one was superb. My friend ordered a Chardonnay, and after one sip she said it tasted like the big jug of Rhine wine you ignore in the back of the fridge. The bartender offered it to her for free, but she declined, saying it was too awful for consumption, even as a freebie. He then offered her another glass of wine in exchange, and was totally laid back about it.

For the remainder of the evening, he checked in with us often -- once as a robot -- and joked around while making drinks for others. At one point he plopped down three shot glasses and let us pick a shot. (We chose The Knot, an Irish whiskey that's 100 proof.)

By midnight, The Garage was swamped with partiers and these bartenders never stopped moving, looking around to see who needed what and making upbeat conversation. They created great energy that contributed to the reason why we stayed way past the witching hour. Thanks, guys.

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CoolerKing | Nov. 23, 2007 at 8:36 a.m. (report)

Service is top shelf. Now if the city could only do something about the parking around there....

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petey | Oct. 28, 2007 at 4:06 p.m. (report)

Hi-Hat folks are great! BUT just so ya know Molly, The Knot is NOT Irish Whiskey... read the label it's a liqueur! (a bit of deceptive marketing?) I still find it a good drink but a friend pointed this out last week while I was downing it at a Chicago watering hole.

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college_dave | Oct. 26, 2007 at 8:07 a.m. (report)

36224 Doesn't Jose's Barbershop's Gorilha shortstop bartend there? I saw Cosebreaker there not too long ago, and yes, I did notice the good service. However, unlike the author here, I did make it to Jamo's.

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LucyLu | Oct. 23, 2007 at 12:52 p.m. (report)

Hi Hat Garage is my favorite bar. I basically have the same experience every time I go there. The bartenders rock and if you treat them well - they treat you well - usually in the form of free shots.

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admiral | Oct. 21, 2007 at 7:05 a.m. (report)

35628 It is always nice to hear good things about places. Generally, all you hear about are how people were upset with this or that. Thanks and kudos to the staff.

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