I had been waiting for ¡AY CHIWOWA! to open from the day Billy Dec announced that what used to be Martini Ranch would soon be home to Rockit Ranch’s new “dive bar” concept with a Mexican food and cocktail spin on it. The spot serves as a serious late night, staying open Thursday-Sunday until 5 a.m. (there’s nothing better than a late night marg, chips and guac).

The night was filled with Chicago bloggers, cocktails, tacos, and of course – CHURROS (amazing). The restaurant staff and Rockit Ranch management were so accommodating and made tons of great recommendations off the menu (shout-out to our fabulous server Jill and two fabulous Rockit Ranch ladies, Kara and Amanda.)

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¡AY CHIWOWA! offers 10 specialty cocktails on the menu…I loved the Copa De Nada (the perfect fruity drink) and the Ay Margarita (with a pink salt rim)!

The menu is full of delicious options! I ordered the Queso Fundido with chorizo, the Asada tacos, and the churros with a hot cajeta dipping sauce (they all exceeded my expectations and were full of delicious flavors)!

Other than my food being delicious, I think what I liked most about ¡AY CHIWOWA! was the awesome atmosphere. The music was bumping, people were dancing and overall it made for a really fun and fabulous Friday night!

Here’s what some of my favorite Chicago bloggers loved about ¡AY CHIWOWA!

  • Stephanie of The Naked Canvas loved the Traditional Guacamole + Chips and fun atmosphere!
  • Lauren of Sugar & Spice loved the Tacos de Pescado and the throwback music!
  • Laurie of 312 Beauty loved the atmosphere – “It’s the perfect go out with your girlfriends kind of place.”
  • Lauren of Chi Gal Lauren loved the margaritas and great service!

Overall, the experience was just what I expected out of Billy Dec and the entire Rockit Ranch Productions: fun and full of great quality food and drinks! I will definitely be back for more margaritas, tacos, and dancing!




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