Fountain Square's Thunderbird helps out Chicago's Lost Lake after fire 

Joshua Gonzales and team host pop-up in Indy for Chicago's best new bar

click to enlarge A tiki cocktail from Lost Lake - LOST LAKE
  • A tiki cocktail from Lost Lake
  • Lost Lake
Few bars in the nation have made as big of a splash in their first year as Paul McGee's new Chicago establishment, Lost Lake. McGee has been rated the best bartender in the Windy City in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. “Together with his bar team, Paul helped Lost Lake earn Chicago Reader's award for Best New Bar (2015), a spot amongst the top ten finalists for Best New American Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail's Spirited Awards (2015), and the #66 position on Drinks International's list of the 100 best bars in the world (2015).” So let's just say they've been absolutely killin' it.

However, due to a small electrical fire, Lost
click to enlarge Paul McGee of Lost Lake in Chicago - CLAYTON HAUCK
  • Paul McGee of Lost Lake in Chicago
  • Clayton Hauck
Lake suddenly had to shutter its doors until further notice. Luckily no one was injured in the fire, but it leaves McGee and his work family without jobs for an unknown amount of time. In its second year of business, a seemingly minor hiccup like this can wreak havoc on an establishment. With that in mind and knowing he couldn't leave his staff unemployed, McGee and team have started to hold pop-ups in bars in the surrounding area. Hey, Indianapolis is in the surrounding area.

click to enlarge Josh Gonzales rocks the Rock's look and comes to the rescue
  • Josh Gonzales rocks the Rock's look and comes to the rescue
Enter Joshua Gonzales and the team at Thunderbird. Thunderbird is hosting a Lost Lake pop-up on April 11th as a benefit for their staff. McGee and his crew will be mixing up signature Lost Lake cocktails and all bar sales will be donated to the Lost Lake crew. If you haven't had the opportunity to get to Lost Lake, the drinks and the bar are Tiki inspired and impeccably crafted. Thunderbird will be the perfect spot for them, and it's a great gesture on Gonzales' part and a reminder that Indy's bartending scene is about camaraderie and picking each other up.


The event will run from 7-11 p.m. and will feature live music from local Indianapolis bands (Big Colour, Pravada, and Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes). It's going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to try Lost Lake's impressive drinks without driving all the way to Logan Square. It's also a chance to help out a hard-working and important group that is down on their luck.

Stay posted, I will be adding in updates as more info is available on the event. 

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