Chicago Nightlife Musts

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Being young is Chicago is so much fun. These are some of my favorite places to chill out and grab a drink with friends.
  • 1510 N Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    19.11.2011

    I've only been here once but I'm pretty sure that I'll be back. A friend was celebrating her 30th birthday and they roped off a private space. I'm not quite sure what the deal was with the minimum/maximum that we had to order. At one moment, they were telling us we needed to order more and the next we couldn't order anything else. I'm not sure, but large parties are often confusing in the first place. We didn't have to wait at the door but some people did, up to thirty minutes. If I had had to wait, I would have turned around and gone elsewhere. The drinks here are strong and the service we received was excellent on a Saturday night. I didn't eat here so I'm not sure what the menu was like. Two girls in our party fell over a table and knocked the thing completely over, completing demolishing all of the glasses sitting on top. The staff moved in quickly and we continued to receive excellent service. I felt terrible about why had happened but they refused to listen to all of my apologies. They even told me to just have a good time and forget about the incident, it happens all the time. Like I said before, I will return but I will not wait in such a lengthy line.

  • 311 E Main St
    Barrington, IL 60010
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    13.11.2011

    I love this place. I went here with my mom and stepdad before a movie. They are so friendly and they have a ton of beers! The cocktails are also quite strong and everything is pretty cheap. They have outdoor seating as well so if you are a smoker, you won't have to go down the block to smoke. They have a lot of TVs and they even have an electric dart board that they encourage people to use. I thought it was kind of a dive when we drove up but it ended up being pretty awesome. This place is low key with no frills. This place isn't scary at all. I haven't eaten here so I can't vouch for the food.

  • 1927 W North Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    12.11.2011

    I came here for a birthday party on a Friday night and boy was it packed! I can't remember the last time I went out and had someone pretty much up against my back while I ate. That being said, we waited about five minutes for our reservation and then we were all seated. I also love craft beer so this was the place for me! We started out with the Red pizza which includes traditional tomato sauce and mozzarella pizza. We also had the White pizza with plain crust brushed with olive oil, diced garlic and mozzarella cheese. For beer we had to try the Golden Arm and the Dysfunctionale. I never make it out to this area of Chicago often but I'm very glad that I was able to leave Lincoln Park behind for a little while and indulge! I will be back, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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    1365 W Fullerton Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    9.4.2011

    My first time here was St. Patrick's Day. They had the stereotypical green beer but the atmosphere was great. They had a free buffet in the back with green eggs and ham and corned beef sandwiches. They also had lucky charms on every table in pint glasses. I live right down the street, so I stop by often. The doormen don't card very hard though, I saw at least three girls walk right in who were clearly not old enough. I'm not too bothered by this, but too many underaged drinkers could bring the place down.

  • 2476 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    11.11.2012
    Beitrag des Tages 15.3.2013

    This place shouldn't be getting a five star review from me. It should be getting a 0.5 star review, I have not lost my marbles just give me a minute to explain. On a Saturday night this place wasn't packed but they did inform us that they had a party in the other room and quite a few reservations, no problem we like sitting at the bar and watching football. The bartender (and our server) was extremely friendly.

    I went straight for the main dishes. I ordered a wonderful pizza with fresh mozzarella, arugula, and prosciutto. This pizza is the real deal, fabulous and thin and the prosciutto couldn't have been more flavorful. They don't mess around with sauce here  (which I love). If I'm not reaching for deep dish over at Pequod's, I'm heading to this place.

    Now, it gets interesting. My bf had a pizza with spicy sausage and onions. All was well until the second to last piece where he spit out a sizable chunk of what we thought was glass (ended up being a strong piece of plastic, we think). The shard of something was still extremely sharp. My bf was horrified, that thing could have done some serious damage if ingested and what if there had been other smaller pieces that he didn't catch? We asked to speak with a manager and our bartender didn't skip a beat. The first younger gentleman that came over to check on us apologized profusely and offered us whatever we wanted to drink. He also offered us any dessert. He also told us entire bill was on the house (and the bf had had a Stoli and Sprite).

    We thought that was that. Oh no, one of the owners Mario (I think he was an owner) came over to see what he could do and again told us our bill was on the house and offered us whatever we wanted while apologizing up and down. Yet another owner came over and poured us some limecello (I can't spell) that he makes in house that was in some nondescript bottle in this secret dark freezer. It was absolutely wonderful and smooth, a real treat. Their hospitality didn't end there, they brought us out one of all of their desserts. We had a cooked cream dish that reminded me of the inside of a creme brûlée. We also had the Italian doughnuts with three different dipping sauce (these doughnuts are AMAZING). The house made cheesecake was the finale. It was so sweet and smooth, perfection!

    This place does have a dress code. Essentially, no ripped jeans, jerseys, or sweatpants. It has the feeling of a classier sports bar/restaurant. All of the staff dresses nicely and the decor is simple yet modern. After everything we went through, they went above and beyond to change our experience.

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    Kommentar von Paul D. von Bar Forza
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    11.11.2012 Hi Courtney,
    Thank you so much for the amazing review and also for your understanding. Again we are…
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  • 2624 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    19.11.2012

    I'm not entirely sure why it has taken me so long to write a review of this place. I live down the street and anxiously awaited the opening like a kid for the first day of summer (or in my case, the first day of school). While this place has some grub, it's known for its cocktails and mixologists. We tried to go to Clarks for $1 beer night, what a disaster that was one summer night so I suggested we mosey on down to BF and try our luck there. We had to wait about 5 minutes to get in (we were the only ones in line) as they were at capacity and we needed to wait for at least two people to leave. No worries, 5 minutes outside on a beautiful summer evening won't kill me. When we got inside it, it's a bit dark and mysterious and the seating arrangements are a bit wacky and a seat anywhere is hard to come by. We gave up on getting a table or a spot at the bar and stole a menu from a nearby table. The cocktail list is quite impressive, I enjoyed reading all of the names and had the hardest time choosing. In the end,  I went with the Lone Wolf. It was smoky, I never knew a drink could have such a flavor and damn was it strong. I felt like I was floating on the walk home and I'm no lightweight. The service here is average, although the people that work the door are pretty hillarious and aren't pretentious. The mixologists can be pretty snotty though, depending on how seriously they are taking themselves and what night of the week it is. I don't know how often I'll be heading on over but it is a treat and I'll definitely bring guests from out of town. I want to try the back room out, it's supposed to be a lot more intimate (and maybe we'll get a table and try some food). At around $12 per cocktail, it's on par with other cocktail specialists in the city.

  • 400 N State St
    Chicago, IL 60654
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    28.7.2011

    I must say this first: despite my complaints, I will return. The reason for my visit? A YouSwoop that was set to expire and I needed to use ASAP. It was around 7:30PM and boy was it packed! The hostesses were kind of abrupt and informed my boyfriend and I that we had to fend for ourselves as far as a table or seats at the bar were concerned. Not a problem, I'm used to keeping a sharp eye out at bars for an open table. I just wish the staff could have been friendlier about it.

    The setup of this place makes it ridiculously hard to navigate during peak periods. We walked up to the bar on the right side of the restaurant and although there were spaces, the seats had been taken away. I believe that they shouldn't allow patrons to steal seats from the bar. If there aren't enough seats at your table, you obviously need to stand or find a bigger table. Within 5 minutes the table behind us opened up and we were able to sit down. I ordered a 312 at the bar and it was only $5, not bad. Our waitress was very nice and prompt.

    MAJOR COMPLAINT: I ordered a Marisol but of course they were out. Then I ordered a Public House Brew and of course they were out again. I'm sorry but for a Wednesday evening to be out of two of the "house favorite brews" is unacceptable. I wouldn't care if they didn't pride themselves on having beers that no other place in Chicago has.

    We ordered the mac and cheese to start and had bacon, caramelized onions, and mushrooms added. The mac and cheese was amazing but way too pricey. They wanted $2 to add tiny bacon bits but then $2 for onion and another $2 for onions! I'm sorry, but something should come included in the $8 serving. I could go to Noodles and Company if I wanted  creative Mac and Cheese thank you very much. It was very tasty though so if you don't mind spending the money, go for the mac and cheese.

    For dinner, I ordered the chicken burger with aged cheddar and onions on a hawaiian sesame seed bun. There was a delicious sauce also but I cannot recall the name. I ordered the seasoned fries which were not very good. The fries were overcooked and are not at all what I'm looking for in a good fry. My boyfriend ordered the Kobe beef brisket dip which was excellent. He did not order the fries with seasoning and they were very good. We also had beers with dinner; my boyfriend had a left hand milk stout and I had an allagash white.

    Overall, this place was very loud and hard to navigate. I put off going to the bathroom because I didn't know if I was going to be able to make it back to my table. This place was a bit pricey. Even with a $25 credit we still spent $42 plus tip. This place is a very good time and the food is good. There were a couple of things that could be spruced up to make it a better value.

  • 1419 N Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    4.4.2012

    Oh, I hope none of my friends ever read this! I'll never get my rep back if they do. I normally hate all things trendy or "hip". Yes, you caught me, I am somewhat anti-hipster and if I held my ground and stood firm, I wouldn't like Old Town Pour House. If I stayed true to my values, I wouldn't have stumbled into Pour House with a look of awe on my face and my chin on the ground. It was love at first sight and I'm afraid I'll never be the same. The space is huge and classy and yes, always crowded. We called and there was no wait but when we arrived 25 minutes later on a Tuesday night the wait was 35 minutes. We opted to sit at the upstairs bar which is first come first serve. They have a lot of first come first serve options, like weird communal tables in the middle (weird, since they are super long and the seats are close together so you can't help but overhear other conversations and touch other people not in your party which bugs me personally). The bar seats upstairs and downstairs are also first come first serve, which begs to question, how many seats do you really have that require a hostess? Not many it appeared.

    So, the downstairs is beautiful (minus the awkward long communal tables in the middle). The bar area made me jealous and happy all at the same time. The two 80 inch TVs flanked by other ginormous TVs spoke to me like a holy spirit. We had to sit upstairs which is the reason I can't give five stars even though I really want to. There are other tables upstairs where you can be seated as well as a bar. We sat at the bar but were informed that we could not partake in the 90 beers on tap and 90 wines on tap. We had to order from a truncated menu since we were sitting at the upstairs bar. I  think you should have runners that bring those beers up, that's why you come to Pour House. Or install a dumbwaiter to just shuttle the drinks in-between the two floors, it's really not a big deal. Restaurants bring food up and down stairs all the time for customers, you should do the same. Of course we didn't know about the truncated beer menu (and when I mean truncated I mean there were maybe 20 beers out of their 90 on tap) until we had walked through the entire place and up the stairs. You could physically go downstairs and order and pay and walk back up with your beer. That needs to change folks!

    The menu made my mouth water and my mind being to battle with itself. There were so many delicious items. I opted for the pork shank wings with onion straws. The person I was with ordered the Wagyu Beef Burger. We also got the fried cheese curds which were outstanding. My pork shank wings fell right off the bone and were delicious but the onion straws were cold but I'll deal. Our bartender put the burger order in wrong so it came out as a Black Angus Burger instead of a Wagyu Beef Burger (big difference) but he did buy him a round so we worked this out. I'll be back but hopefully to sit downstairs because if you sit upstairs, you're technically a second class citizen in their eyes.

  • 1520 N Damen Ave
    Chicago, IL 60622
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    7.9.2012

    This place is swanky!!! After our anniversary dinner (and dessert) I suggested that we go check this place out. My boyfriend was on board so we walked down by Big Star and couldn't find anything! Well after crossing the street we noticed that people were entering a mural (yes, a mural). The doorman was wearing all black and we had to stand in a hallway with a velvet curtain with another couple while they found space for us.

    The house rules are hilarious, you can't use your cell phone inside. You must have proper attire, no flip flops please! The last one is definitely the best; don't bring anyone that you wouldn't bring to your mother's house for Sunday dinner. I haven't seen them enforce any of these rules, but everyone was generally well behaved on a Thursday night.

    We waited about 5 minutes and then were escorted to a table with two giant (tall) green leather chairs with a tiny circular table. The chairs are set up to be private (so for just the two of us) but there are little pods and all of the chairs are connected. They also have a bar area to sit at as well as booths for parties of more than two. The chairs aren't all that comfortable and it is dark and dim in the place, but that goes with the whole speakeasy feel. It's loud inside. People are chatting, couples are romancing, and the indie music is blaring. Everything in this place screams "trying too hard" but it wasn't as if I didn't enjoy the extravagance.

    I asked for something "fruity and light" and our server made the perfect suggestion, the Vodka Cobbler. I could drink this drink all night and my buzz snuck up on me fast. My boyfriend ordered something with root beer liquor. I am not a fan on root beer so I passed but he raved and raved. The service is a bit slow and expect to wait 10-15 minutes or more for your drink to come after you have ordered, especially on a busy night. Since the drinks are so involved (and there are a ton of options) it takes awhile to get your drink. We didn't have any food but the menu was short and to the point. My boyfriend and I both agreed that we LOVE this place and now we just need some classy friends to bring!

  • 3258 N Sheffield Ave
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    18.9.2012 Aktualisierter Beitrag

    We came there for the pulled chicken sandwich and they were OUT! Obviously we were a little annoyed. I ended up having the brisket sandwich which was delicious and my boyfriend had the pulled pork sandwich which he also loved. Our server couldn't have been more pleasant and they even took both of our beers off the bill because they didn't have what we came in for! I'll be calling from now on to make sure they have my beloved sandwich but that doesn't mean that there aren't many other wonderful things on the menu!

    4.0 Sterne
    14.12.2011 Vorheriger Beitrag
    I normally can't stand the usual Wrigleyville haunt. I avoid game day crowds like the plague but… Weiterlesen
  • 3349 N Halsted St
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    9.11.2012

    This place is so much fun! I went here on a Monday night with some other friends who had never been and we were delighted to be there for video night. We all ordered slushy drinks, the black cherry was outstanding, I could get in a lot of trouble drinking those! The staff is friendly but can be a bit intimidating at first (they get a lot of regulars). The crowd is amazing and everyone sings along to the videos. I don't have to worry about creepy frat boys either! It's perfect for a night catching up with the girls.

  • 1949 N Hoyne Ave
    Chicago, IL 60647
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    22.4.2012

    I fell in love with beer here when a friend of a friend (who brews his own beer) took charge of the menu and ordered for me. I loved analyzing the beer menu and perusing all of the different bottles and glasses, since I knew nothing about beer at that point. The decor inside is quite charming, there were National Geographic magazines everywhere, on the tables where we sat and on the bar, some of them were even ten years old! This place is all about beer though, so make sure those in your crew are beer-literate and if you do one thing, do not order a Bud Light or a Miller Light, expand your horizons and branch out please, there are too many options not to.

    Beware though, they do not accept credit card. This place is cash only,here is an ATM on site but I have no idea what the fee is. I've never eaten here and I'm not even sure they have a food menu. I've heard their coffee is really awesome too but obviously, I've never been for the coffee. I may only be 22 but this place has grown on me and is definitely a good time with friends who are really serious about what they drink.

  • 3524 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL 60657
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    14.11.2012

    The 1st bar I went to when I turned 21. I held this place in such esteem (from stories the older folk in my life told me) so I was all in awe when I was admitted at 12:01 am on my bday.  The first floor is just a big sports bar, a little classier than most but still a glorified sports bar. The upstairs is guarded by yet another bouncer and if it is super packed (like it is every Saturday night) there will be a line for you to wait in. You most likely waited in line to get in and now yet another line for the upstairs, but it will be worth it (at least for this 22 year old it is). The upstairs is a giant dance floor with a few bars flanking the sides. It can be tough to get a drink but the music is pretty decent and loud. I won't wait in a long line to get in here but there's just something about it that makes me sigh and want to come back again and again. I'm kind of a Barleycorn groupie (I've been to all 3 locations) and I'm super excited for the new location in River North!

  • 720 N Wells St
    Chicago, IL 60654
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    16.2.2013

    I am so in love with this place and I didn't even eat dinner here. After dining down the street for my birthday I wanted to come here for dessert and drinks. Upon walking in the hostess was so cheery and bubbly and sat us at the bar. However, the bartender told us they only serve dessert in the 3rd floor dining room (which is reservation only). However, they made an exception and we ordered the Sugar Pie and a drink each. I went with the Muscat and the bf got one of their cocktails made with rye whiskey. He was IN LOVE with his drink. My Muscat was typical, a fine brand. The sugar pie had sauteed pears on top with pecans. When they brought it out the bartender told us to hold on a minute and ran in the back to get a candle. I was touched, they really listened even though they were super busy and were already bending over backwards for us. The sugar pie was scrumptious and just enough for this sweet tooth. The atmosphere is stunning. The overhead wine glasses are beautiful and unique. I cannot wait to come back here with a reservation to eat dinner. The service, food, and ambiance are all stunning. Alpana sure knows what she's doing!

  • 2771 N Lincoln Ave
    Chicago, IL 60614
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    8.9.2013

    This place... I stayed away for years but on the first Tuesday of the month they hold Metal Night and my friends are into that. There is nothing charming about Delilah's but they are honest. It's rough around the edges, loud, but the beer list is something to admire. They really do have something for everyone. I mean, I've never seen a bar carry IC Light Mango Beer before or all of the Lindeman varieties. They occasionally have Three Floyds Zombie Dust which I am quite a fan of. This place is a dive but it's meant to be a dive and it's a fun place to hang out for pretty cheap.


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