The Sixth – a neighborhood bar from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group and its beverage director Benjamin Schiller – is slated to open in August in Lincoln Square
The Sixth – a neighborhood bar from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group and its beverage director Benjamin Schiller – is slated to open in August in the heart of Lincoln Square at 2200 West Lawrence Avenue.
A long-form video featuring Schiller and Fifty/50 Restaurant Group co-owners Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner discussing and showcasing The Sixth can be found on the bar’s website at http://thesixthbar.com.
“This is my neighborhood,” Schiller said. “This is where I’ve lived for many, many years. I'm really excited to plant a stake in Lincoln Square and take care of my neighborhood. We want to be creative. We want to show technique. But we're also mindful about not becoming pretentious. The best way to guard against that is to keep things whimsical, keep things light, keep things fun.”
The name of The Sixth bar was inspired by two different storylines. The first inspiration comes from author Gerald Carson’s book “The Social History of Bourbon” where he writes that at one time in American history one in ever six men were involved with the distilling or distribution of bourbon.
The second inspiration comes from the fact that The Sixth will be the sixth unique concept to open from The Fifty/50 Restaurant Group. The other unique concepts from the restaurant group include The Berkshire Room, The Fifty/50, Roots Handmade Pizza, Homestead On The Roof, and West Town Bakery. The second location of Roots will also open in the same physical footprint as The Sixth (but with separate entrances) a few weeks before The Sixth.
“We’ve been wanting to open a small neighborhood bar up in Lincoln Square for many years, and Benjamin was our obvious choice to help us make it all happen,” Mohr said. “We’ve always prided ourselves that all of our restaurants and bars are unique and standalone concepts, and The Sixth will continue our tradition of doing just that. It will be a special place for Lincoln Square.”
Weiner and Mohr were both responsible for the creative curation and conception of The Sixth. Mohr also assisted in the design of The Sixth's intimate 40-seat space with Nick Bowers of blocHaus (The Berkshire Room, Lillie’s Q, Epic Sky, etc). The Sixth’s contemporary design features a dark, warm palette of mostly grays that are accented with bright colors, custom and sleek mid-century inspired lighting, and Dutch modern-inspired furniture.
One of Schiller’s signature cocktails at The Sixth will be the “Silly Rabbit” that’s inspired by the Trix cereal bunny. A riff on a refreshing “Southside” cocktail (featuring gin, fresh lemon, mint, and citrus bitters) will be poured over multiple different flavored ice cubes where each flavor is modeled after one of the Trix flavors ("Orangey Orange", "Lemony Yellow", "Raspberry Red", etc.).
Schiller will also feature other specialty cocktails, barrel-aged cocktails, and classic cocktails at The Sixth. The Sixth will also feature local and international beers, esoteric wines, and a thoughtful spirits list – all curated by Schiller.