Dance music pulsates through Red Velvet Lounge as party-goers indulge in late-night eats and specialty bar drinks amid a spacious nightclub. Bartenders pours out beverages from a fully stocked bar as guest saunter to the hardwood dance floor illuminated by the sporadic flickers of a colorful lights. Themed parties for Halloween and New Year’s Eve add variety to weekends, and Friday and Saturday nights introduce crowds to special-guest DJs and their finger-puppet entourages. Bites from the Lounge’s Italian-inspired menu fuel evening adventurers, with options including gorgonzola chips, Sicilian tilapia, and lemon-mascarpone torte.
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.
Shaw's Crab House has a split personality. It's part sophisticated seafood restaurant, part casual oyster bar. No matter where you sit, the oysters are plucked and shucked fresh from the daily shipments of assorted fish and seafood such as Alaskan golden king crab legs.