Whiskey Girl Tavern plans upscale sports bar in Edgewater’s former pool hall
EDGEWATER — A local couple are planning to open a bar and hangout in a gated Clark Street pool hall.
Whiskey Girl Tavern is set to open this spring at 6318 N. Clark St. in the former Pressure Billiards space, the owners said. Pressure Billiards, which had a bar area and adjoining pool hall in the Clark Street spot for 16 years, closed in early February.
The Tavern comes from married couple Christina and Heather Roberts, who plan to convert the old pool hall into a sports bar and lounge that will host live entertainment and retain some of the pool tables.
Christine Robert co-founder of Andersonville’s Back Lot Bash, a Pride-affiliated party that caters to lesbian women. The duo worked for years to open their “dream bar”, Christina Roberts said at a community meeting hosted by Ald last week. Andre Vasquez (40th).
“We want [create] a very welcoming, cozy neighborhood bar with a lot to offer the community,” Heather Roberts said at the meeting.
The building must be rezoned to allow the opening of the bar. Residents of the 40th arrondissement can fill out a survey on Wednesday’s proposed zoning change by clicking here.
The Roberts want to renovate Pressure’s former bar room, where they will add high tables and six televisions to create an “upscale sports bar”, Christina Roberts said. There will also be a kitchen with catering service, cocktails and a non-alcoholic beverage menu.
The couple will add a living room to the front of the former pool hall space, bringing sofas and chairs around coffee tables for group seating, they said.
There will be space for live entertainment, with plans to host comedies and musicals, they said.
Four pool tables will be set up in the bar’s side room, along with arcade and pinball machines, the Roberts said at the community meeting. The hall contained 16 pool tables when it was a pool hall.
whiskey girl tavern is named after the couple do Whiskey, a Bernadoodle whose image appears in company signage.
By opening the bar, Christina and Heather Roberts said they hoped to add another kind of attraction to the neighborhood.
“The plan is for this space to be very versatile,” Heather Roberts said. “Our goal is to enrich the neighborhood and create more options.”
To learn more about Whiskey Girl Tavern, check out their Facebook page by clicking on here.
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