High Noon Saloon
The “saloon-style” venue features Tex Mex cuisine with great margaritas, a craft cocktail menu, 40 craft beers (15 on draft, 20 bottles, 5 cans), thoughtful bourbon (50 selections) and mezcal menus.
Established in 2013, High Noon Saloon is located at 1560 North Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. A bold and modern interpretation of an old Western saloon, High Noon Saloon displays the elements of reclaimed barn wood floors and shelves with old west wallpapers and rustic barn rafters. The ambiance is completed by an old saloon piano that has been converted into a modern DJ booth.
The space is completely revamped by designer Karen Herold of 555 International (Girl and the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Balena, Deuces and Diamonds, Chuck’s Manufacturing).
Newly appointed Executive Chef Rubin Beltran (Frontera/Topolobampo, Maya del Sol, Adobo Grill) features homemade tamales, fajitas, tacos, potato burrito, shrimp flautas, tortilla soup, handcrafted chili, Tex Mex burger, chicken fried steak, Tex Mex nachos, homemade guacamole and a variety of vegetarian items on his dinner menu. High Noon Saloon’s brunch service offers huevos benedictos, chilaquiles, breakfast burrito, huevos rancheros, among other midday delights.
The aesthetics reflects a traditional saloon with a sexy, modern spin. Designer Karen Herold incorporated rustic wooden beams; artwork featuring old West, black and white photos; tufted leather banquettes; butcher block, high top tables; denim blue damask wallpaper; multi-tiered, crystal chandeliers; reclaimed hickory wood flooring sourced from a barn; antique gilded mirrors; custom made velvet sconces with “burlesque” fringe; and an old saloon-style, Meister piano that has been transformed into deejay booth. The 30-foot bar is made of reclaimed barn wood and liquor bottles will be displayed on wood shelves suspended by chains. Both the bar, and its 17 seats, incorporate saddle stitching and grommets into the decor.
High Noon Saloon offers 11 flat panel televisions (sizes vary from 43-inch to 60-inch), perfect for sports viewing (the venue is an Official Blackhawks Bar and Chicago’s newest Illini Bar). There is 100 seats total inside the restaurant and bar, and 20 on the side walk patio, which is accessible by the accordion glass window.
High Noon Saloon is open weekdays at 4 p.m., and weekends at 11 a.m. Chef Beltran’s kitchen is open until 1 a.m. every night (venue closes at 2 a.m., 3 a.m. on Saturdays). High Noon Saloon features local DJs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.