Geek Bar recently to start things off. Geek Bar is an idea that welcomes geeks of all dimensions and is now in it's Beta Version (known as Geek Bar Beta). It is in an extended pop-up in Wicker Park until it's permanent home is open sometime this winter. The space is narrow with the bar on one side and the dining room next to it with a projection screen at the back of the room. The floors, wall, and ceiling are all white with some black design and bottle cap wall hangings in the image of video game characters. It has the feel of a basement game room. There seemed to be many games going on at many tables with people bouncing between tables. It seems very friendly, but I would think that it might be hard to keep track of checks (which may explain why it seemed a bit on the slow side). On the night that I went, they were playing X-Men: Days of Future Past which was luckily captioned because it was hard to hear. It was nice to watch though while I was there. I started things with a beer that I thought was very appropriate for the space, 8 Bit Pale Ale from Tallgrass Brewery. I had never had this, but I really liked this.
Despite the fact that the service was a little slower than I expected, I liked Geek Bar. The food was good, the staff was friendly, and the atmosphere was welcoming. I will probably return several times before it moves to it's permanent in Lincoln Park.