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36 Hours in Chicago
New York Times
"Go across the street and into the seductive rouge glow of the California Clipper cocktail lounge."
California Clipper
Conde Nast Traveler
"The Clipper is an old bar from the ‘30s that has lots of red leather and wood. It has an old-school jukebox which allows me to control the music. I like to go late on Thursdays, and stay until they kick me out."
Drink This: A cocktail for James Bond fanatics at The California Clipper
Chicago Tribune
"There's a reason The California Clipper goes off-script for its Vesper, a classic cocktail you'll find in the James Bond film 'Casino Royale.'"
In Chicago, West Is Best
"The beloved bar’s former glory remains, including its signature red lighting and regular live music, while a classics-driven cocktail menu attracts a fresh batch of locals."
10 of the Best Chicago Cocktail Bars By Neighborhood
Eater Chicago
"Brendan Sodikoff revived the classic Humboldt Park dive bar last year and added an extensive cocktail list."
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Thrillist Chicago
"Brendan Sodikoff’s recent revamp may have brought a bit more sparkle, but the old-school charms and ubiquitous red-light vibes of this standout cocktail lounge remain the neighborhood’s number one draw card for booze."
The 6 best mai tais in Chicago
Time Out Chicago
"The mai tai at California Clipper is a mouthful even for the most seasoned of cocktail drinkers."
Food crawl through California and Augusta in Humboldt Park
Time Out Chicago
"Sodikoff took over the ’30s-era cocktail bar last year, and it’s still wonderfully low-key with live music, a jukebox and glowing red lights—but now with better drinks."
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"Cheers to a Chicago classic."
Thrillist Chicago
"Retains the classic charm it has maintained since 1937 with live music, a ridiculous 70-deep cocktail menu, and enough dim red lighting to make you feel like you’re in on a secret."
Everything Old-School Is New Again at the California Clipper
Chicago Magazine
"Luckily for fans of the California Clipper, not much changed in prolific restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff’s reboot of the spot."
Look Around Sodikoff’s California Clipper Reboot, Opening Tonight
Eater Chicago
"Brendan Sodikoff unveils his reboot of beloved Humboldt Park bar and music venue The California Clipper."
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