Olive or Twist pairs its 36 unique martinis, 20 bottled microbrews, and international wines with contemporary American fare concocted by chef Robert Nava. Shaken or stirred libations range from the Thin Mint martini, which comes in a Girl Scout box, to the Florida Key Lime Pie martini, a dram of Bacardi rum, Midori liqueur, and chocolate liqueur garnished with lime ($9–$11). Diners can also choose from brews including 3 Floyd's Alpha King pale ale ($5) to accompany small plates such as the potato-wrapped prawns with spinach, artichokes, and mustard-seed butter ($10). Tenderloin sliders topped with blue cheese and red-onion confit ($9) annex tummies before calling for reinforcements of classic American sandwiches ($6–$12) or large-plate entrees such as the jerk ribs with an auxiliary unit of saffron shoestring potatoes ($18). For dessert, sweet teeth delight in the banana split ($8) and apple-and-cheese strudel ($5), named after Frank Zappa's overlooked fifth child. Dinner patrons should call ahead for reservations amid Olive or Twist's low-lit tables and brick walls.
The LBGT-friendly Velvet Rope invites revelers with open minds and refined tastes to enhance their evenings with the lounge's slate of fine wines, international cuisine, and elaborate entertainment in the form of go-go dancers and drag shows. Beneath the suffuse lighting of tulip chandeliers, the bustling main floor hosts a full bar, where 35 specialty martinis brim with creative ingredients—such as cookie-dough vodka and absinthe—while the private VIP loft accommodates dozens with a dedicated server, a private television, and plush furnishings for late-night pillow forts. Food and drink packages deck out special events, and the nightclub's calendar overflows with karaoke nights, drink specials, and live performances.
The rooftop garden and solar panels may be what cemented Simone’s status as a green certified restaurant, but the recycled pinball machines-turned light fixtures, bar top made of an old bowling alley, and bike-chain-chandeliers certainty didn’t hurt. Microbrews and craft cocktails complement the quality pub food at this eclectic spot.
Critics from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune are mixed on the food at Sawtooth but like the atmosphere. OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 4.1 stars, and 82% of Urbanspooners like the restaurant. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
A jacket that once belonged to Muddy Waters hangs from the wall in this electric blues joint and barbecue restaurant. Buddy Guy does one better than his fellow legend, showing up in the flesh to pull up a stool at the bar or pick at his guitar onstage.
Featured in the Huffington Post, Time Out, and the New York Times, Gilt Bar slings a selection of farm-friendly plates, handcrafted cocktails, and an expansive wine list in an eye-catching modern-yet-rustic atmosphere. Celebrate precious leap-year birthdays in style with an intermediate-level drink package and beginner-level food package that supplies up to 30 friends with enough drinks and appetizers to last until next February 29. Start nights by sampling local sauce with a Death's Door daisy, Wisconsin–distilled vodka infused with Aperol, St. Germain, and lemon. Gilt's old fashioned also pleases palates with demerara sugar, Angostura, and orange bitters, and the Paloma, Lunazul tequila with grapefruit, lime, and soda tastes like summer in a glass. Sip wines from Italy and Spain to enhance the flavors of tenderloin steak tartare or down glasses of pinot grigio alongside bites of foie gras and pork-liver mousse. Dairy devotees can enjoy triple creme délice de bourgogne cheese with fig jam and herb salad, while aromatics aficianados munch on sweet balsamic roasted garlic with olive oil.