I cannot recall the Blast Furnace's first gathering in Bar 11, but it was definitely after being in our favorite spot, Kopy's, which is close by, but it was recommended that we try Bar 11's infamous Flaming Dr. Pepper. Being unaware of what the Flaming Dr. Pepper consisted of we thought we'd give it a shot (pun intended). The concoction consists of 3 parts Amaretto and 1 part 151, which is set on fire and dropped into a half pint of beer and chugged. After preparing the drinks the bartender poured 151 on the bar, set it on fire, then blew a big fireball from his mouth. We loved it. We also noticed drums and symbols hung from the bar. The bartender, possibly the owner, was pounding away on the drums to the beats of the music of the moment. All of this contributed to the binge drinking atmosphere that this bar intentionally or unintentionally promotes.
This is a fun bar. Candy necklaces are routinely being handed out to customers and highlighters are available to use to draw on friends or strangers which show up only in the black lights. A small dance floor is also a feature of the bar. Bar 11 is a very friendly atmosphere. You can make absurd comments to random people or draw on them with a highlighter and not worry about getting into a fight. There is however, a police officer stationed outside just in case it gets a little too rowdy inside of this insane asylum turned bar.
|Bartender/possible owner beating away at the drums|
Bar 11 is definitely the cherry on top after an already fun night out on the South Side. Recommendations include:
1) Do not start your night here
2) Order a Flaming Dr. Pepper
3) Partake in the activities (i.e. candy necklaces, highlighters, dancing)
4) Clorox wipe your shoes when you get home
Bar 11 makes the inevitable hangover that you will get the next day all worthwhile.