I went to Dunlays, in Logan Square, on Saturday night after checking out a flick at the Logan theater. Anyway, there were 6 of us total and we were seated in the front, away from the bar.
After receiving our drinks, one of my friends asked the server for an ashtray and to purchase cigarettes. The server said that the cigarettes were cash only, which was fine, so he paid her the cash. She came back and said--"Here you go. By the way this is a no smoking section". He was taken aback and said "why would you sell them to me if I couldn't smoke them here." She pointed to the bar-side of the front half and said that smoking was allowed over there. There were a couple of un-bused tables that we let her know that we wanted.
Ultimately we moved over. The night continued on and we talked about the film and whatnot. At the close of our evening, when the check arrived, there was this curious statement...
Black Label----7.00 x 3-----21.00
Rocks----------1.00 x 3------3.00
Were we reading this correctly? Were we charged for our ice in our whiskey? When the server came back we asked. What was the charge for rocks? That was for the extra. Extra what? Whiskey. "It is common practice in the restaurant industry to do this." At this point, all six of us said "no, no, no". She asked if we would like to talk to the manager. We said sure.
The manager comes over and says that the ROCKS charge is for an extra shot of whiskey. It is normal, he assures us. The pour is $7 and the extra shot is $1. I ask if they offer $1 shots of Black Label. He says sure.
I won't drag on any further. The ROCKS charge was taken off our tab.
All of us had heard some pretty crappy stuff about the restaurant side of the house but didn't think it could roll into the bar facet of the operation. How wrong we were.
Do not waste your time or money here. What could be a great, local spot is just another poorly run spot waiting to close.