Rose and Stanley Sacharski never meant to open a tiki bar. Their first watering hole, The Lucky Start on Fullerton and Lockwood, was a simple neighborhood tavern until some bamboo wall coverings inspired endless questions from customers: were they a tiki bar? By 1963, the Sacharskis decided their answer was yes, and let their young son pick a new name?Hala Kahiki?from a copy of Dennis the Menace Goes to Hawaii.
Now located inside a former greenhouse in River Grove, Hala Kahiki pours more than 100 tropical-themed cocktails, mingling rum with daiquiris and gin with tropical fruits. Hanging shells sway above the bamboo-lined bar, and rattan lampshades and cane chairs evoke the pleasures of an endless Hawaiian summer. Tables and chairs dot a spacious outdoor garden, and an on-site gift shop stocks Hawaiian shirts, leis, wood-hewn lamps, and several former cast members of Gilligan's Island.
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.
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.
Casa De Montecristo stocks its ample humidors and regal environs with row after row of tasty smoking tobacco. A La Sirena Trident summons piquancy from the depths of the broadleaf ($9.95), while an E.P. Carrillo Elite hits only the most select flavor notes ($11.95). Casa De Montecristo also boasts a free VIP membership lounge, which can be accessed by calling ahead. The spacious smoking cavern teems with plush amenities such as leather chairs and private humidified lockers. Kick back in the bar and tune in to a flat-screen television, or recline in the theater room for a movie, game, or cigar-smoking tutorial led by Groucho Marx.
676 Restaurant and Bar serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Chicago's Near North Side district. Whether you're gluten-free or just health-conscious, 676 Restaurant and Bar serves a number of dishes that are good for the diet. Take a look at 676 Restaurant and Bar's extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails to complete your evening out. Gather the whole family for a trip to 676 Restaurant and Bar — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here. For your next big bash, consider hosting at 676 Restaurant and Bar, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot. Access the internet free of charge via 676 Restaurant and Bar's complimentary wifi.
If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig. Getting your food to go is also an option.
Hand your keys to the valet driver, or pull into your own space in the neighboring lot. Street parking is also an option. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Chicago-Red (Red) and Grand-Red (Red).
676 Restaurant and Bar is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Relax and savor 10pin Bowling Lounge's casual ambiance and classic American cuisine. No need to miss out on 10pin Bowling Lounge just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has plenty of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. Take the kids along too — 10pin Bowling Lounge is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love. Got a big family? Tons of friends? An entire soccer team? Consider the private room at 10pin Bowling Lounge, where large groups can get together to celebrate life's biggest milestones. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table if you're headed over on a weeknight — it can get quite busy with the after-work crowds. Not a popular place for dress-up dining, most 10pin Bowling Lounge patrons come in casual attire.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option. Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at State/Lake (Orange, Brown, Purple Express, Green, Pink), Clark/Lake (Pink, Brown, Green, Blue, Purple Express, Orange), and Grand (Red).
An average meal at 10pin Bowling Lounge will set you back about $30.