From the beckoning peals of jazz-playing buskers in Jackson Square to the amiable rush of revelers traipsing down Bourbon Street, New Orleans’ French Quarter earns its reputation as one of America’s liveliest locales. The chefs at French Quarter New Orleans Kitchen bring this same bonhomie to the plate, recreating Cajun staples including blackened fish, gumbo, and Cajun-spiced steak. Like holding a jazz funeral for a dead goldfish, the dining room’s bead-strewn chandeliers and gold and crimson walls add a touch of Fat Tuesday flair to everyday life. As guests sup on spicy jambalaya and sip southern cocktails, a lineup of live acts entertains crowds with DJs and blues bands.
Corner sports/pub on Madison Street in Forest Park. We serve pizza & traditional pub food, most of it homemade. We have darts (plus steel tip) & beer pong. We have karaoke and live music and will feature an outdoor patio in the spring. Watch all your favorite sports on one of our 10 50" flatscreens! Daily drink specials!
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.
From within Ding Dong Dang’s variously sized private rooms, drifts the sounds of singers living out vocal dreams previously unleashed exclusively in the safety of the car or shower. As crooners belt out popular songs or fill in forgotten lyrics with their social security numbers, the bar concocts drinks to lubricate parched windpipes, drawing heavily upon the dulcet notes of a Korean liquor called soju. Against the soundtrack of newly proud singing and clinking glasses, dishes clatter against tables, laden with Asian options including breaded pork donkatsu, crisp popcorn chicken, and pingsu, a dessert that combines red beans, fruit, and ice.
At Murasaki Lounge, guests relax under the glow of neon lights as they share laughs over Asian morsels and sips of sake. A litany of dozens of different sakes introduce tastebuds to the clean, yet complex tastes of the traditional Japanese libation, while a menu of otsumami—a Japanese term for bar food—complements the rice wine's dry kick with cheddar yakitori, edamame gyoza, shrimp shumai, and sushi hand rolls. Lavender walls, marble bartops, and backlit display cases of imported sake, shochu, and whiskey bottles cocoon revelers in a ritzy backdrop as they sip craft cocktails made with fizzy tonics and fresh fruit juices. Live DJs spin electrifying soundtracks to nights on the town, while private karaoke rooms allow guests to regale each other with cover versions of over 20,000 English-language tracks, 30,000 Japanese hits, and one Jimmy Buffet song about every dish they serve.
Beer's servers deliver platters of jumbo smoked wings, homemade chili con carne, and barbecue-soaked baby back ribs as bartenders pour heady brews. Beer hosts karaoke every Tuesday through Sunday night at 9 p.m. to entertain a bevy of aspiring Sinatras and closed-caption enthusiasts. The Wrigleyville watering hole also opens at least two hours before every Cubs home game, entertaining the North Side team’s fans before, during, and after baseball games.