9:30pm, Thursday, October 25
947 N. Damen
Price of Old Style: $1.75 drafts
Ola's is another "slashie" and is located in Ukrainian Village, which has the highest concentration of Old Style bars in the city. Its "Zimne Piwo" Old Style sign is easily hidden among the trees and condos along this busy stretch of Damen, with "Ola's Liquors" barely visible on an old, brown awning.
On this particular Thursday there was a pretty decent crowd, but it was tame because Anna was behind the bar, not Agnes, who is known to have made grown men cry. All was not lost, because the group of three guys next to us were trying to see if Anna could tell which one of them was gay, and then proceeded to tell her a story about a friend who loved dry-humping more than sex. Yes, apparently when this guy was in the mood, he would excuse himself, go to his room, put on some Umbro soccer shorts and just go to town on you. Um...
So anyway, this place is also a liquor store, with all the bottles nicely placed behind the bar. I was also impressed with the range of sizes of each type of liquor (1.75ml, 750ml, pints) and also this party in a bottle (man, it's awful):