Moving downtown either means you've grown up a bit or you've been listening to waaaay too much Petula Clark, but luckily it appears to be the former in the case of John Barleycorn's two-floor River North outpost. The 14,000sqft space is spiffed up with amber chandeliers (though there are still plenty of model sailing ships to be seen) and eschewing the upstairs dance floor for a 75ft retractable roof that'll allow for an open-air beer garden come Summer, and eventually year-round if global temperature trends continue. Of course you don't want to change too much, so there are still plenty of toys, specifically 73 60in flatscreens, one very lonely 80in plasma, a quartet of six-panel video walls, and one massive 12-panel wall for the piece de resistance, which is French for "holy sh** look at the size of that TV". The menu's also mostly in line with the sibling locations, though, like Jen Aniston, there are new wrinkles, from a slow-roasted pork belly BLT to a lineup of prime steaks like an 18oz bone-in ribeye with jalapeno-blue cheese mashed potatoes. The beer lineup has a craftier feel with taps from Stone, Lagunitas, and Two Brothers, and they're also doing booze-spiked milkshakes in case you need something a little stronger to forget all your troubles, forget all your cares.
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