When something is made
right, you just know it.
Great craftsmanship is the hallmark of that which is most highly desired. This is true of a luxury automobile,
a finely tailored suit, a precision timepiece, an aged whiskey and of course the perfectly crafted cocktail.
Grane Whiskey Dispensary and Craft Cocktails was born of an era when things were made by hand, made right, and made to last. We proudly offer over 700 premium spirits behind the bar and more than 550 premium whiskeys, many of which we alternate in our innovative dispensing system allowing patrons to sample exclusive whiskeys in small ounce pours. We carry labels you might not find anywhere else in town. In addition to our famous “Old Fashioned on tap,” our highly skilled bartenders create true craft cocktails with premium spirits, house-made mixers, and hand-carved ice. We also have a wide selection of fine wine, craft beer and delicious, small-plate appetizers. Grane is a unique experience inspired by years past, and enabled by today’s technology.
You might say it started shortly after the turn
of the century… the last century.
Things were made of steel, mahogany, leather and crystal. Made in America. To last. It was in the architecture, the design and the finish quality found in the tiniest of details. It’s why the era transcends time. It was the dawn of Hollywood, the dominance of the Model T and the Pierce Arrow. It’s when the Four Horsemen ruled the gridiron, the Rockefellers ruled Wall Street, and great whiskey ruled all other streets in America.
As the Grane concept developed, a question of atmosphere pervaded the conversation. There was no question that this would be the bridge from past to present. Grane is an experience inspired by history, romance, culture and entertainment. But, today we have the opportunity through technology and media to be exposed to so much more, to experience more than ever before, and enjoy things from many different perspectives. This is what inspired us to build our bridge this way.
A brick is a brick, right? Unless it comes from a 19th Century brewery in Cleveland, Ohio, then it’s a brick you’ll find on the walls of Grane.
Grane Whiskey Dispensary and Craft Cocktails is an experience for the senses. We’ve created an atmosphere in which you can almost hear the whispered password of a speakeasy. This is a first-of-its-kind, and best in breed, all in one. We’ve combined the atmosphere and craftsmanship of centuries past, and modern technology to provide our patrons a broader understanding and appreciation of two of the fastest growing markets in the spirits industry – whiskey and craft cocktails. If you are a premium whiskey or craft cocktail enthusiast, this is purpose built for you. Every measure was taken to design authenticity and quality into the environment. From studying historic architecture and interior design in downtown Chicago, to collaborating with the foremost industry experts, down to properly roasting a cedar plank or creating the perfect, clear ice cube. No detail was left untended.
Grane is an exercise in aspiration – to build and present something the right way, with knowledgeable, skilled artisans who take pride in our craft, and it shows in our work and presentation.
Surrounded by images of the past, we’ve used every modern method to create an inviting meeting place, intimate conversation areas, available WiFi, and even power and USB ports throughout the space.
This is the way to experience whiskey.
It’s not the faint of heart or shallow of pocketbook that can throw down the resources for a 23-year old reserve bourbon. But, it’s nonetheless an experience every whiskey enthusiast should have. The Bartender, by WineEmotion Whiskey Dispensing System provides patrons the opportunity to sample whiskeys in small pour sizes – .5, 1.0 and 1.5 ounce, all with the use of smart card technology. The Grane Whiskey Dispensary and Smart Card system provides patrons the opportunity to sample whiskeys in short pours – .5 and 1 ounce at a time.
Grane and WineEmotion USA developed the technology collaboratively exclusively for Grane, borrowing innovation from the wine industry to create a sealed system that ensures the perfect size pour with every touch. This allows patrons to enjoy whiskey with a smart card that can be loaded and reloaded. We rotate our 35 dispensed whiskeys at a time from our inventory of over 550 premium labels, many of which you won’t find anywhere else in town, and provide tasting notes at each dispensing machine. Our experts hand select labels that provide a range of characteristics, from smoky and peaty to fruity and sweet, and everything else that makes ‘the whiskey of life’ unique.
A proper craft cocktail is a work of art, a labor of
love and a statement of quality.
We love our craft. Only the finest ingredients go into a Grane craft cocktail. Aside from the use of premium spirits not only on the wall, but in the well, our bartenders craft cocktails made with house-made sodas, fresh squeezed juices, roasted fresh herbs, hand carved ice from specially filtered water, and served and garnished in the appropriate vessel. Sound over the top? We wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither should you.
A Grane bartender is generally not an aspiring actor or actress. They are always an aspiring bartender, like it used to be. Our bartenders are students of the craft, professionals, and have an incredible understanding and appreciation for what goes into a true craft cocktail. Sure, it might take an extra 45 seconds to roast a cedar plank for the perfect whiskey cocktail, but if there’s ever anything worth waiting for, this is it. Come in, sit down, and ask us about our craft. You will walk out educated, entertained and maybe a little wiser for it.