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.
M.I.L.F. is a fast paced, one-hour comedy show featuring 6 local acts. The lineup bridges the gap between provocative rising talents in Chicago’s sketch, music, stand-up and filmmaking communities. Featuring acts who have performed at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival, Chicago’s Underground Comedy Club, iO & Second City.
Rockit Burger Bar fits right in as part of Rockit Ranch Productions' Chicago-based empire of hip gastropubs and innovative fusion spots. Its chefs enhance beloved American comfort foods with inventive flourishes and haute-cuisine ingredients?high-end foodstuffs such as truffle cr?me fra?che, locally raised Midwestern beef, and red-onion brioche buns feature prominently on the impressive lineup of burgers, and flatbread pizzas show off toppings of wild mushrooms, gruy?re cheese, and calabrese salami. Diners cap off their feasts with caramel-banana milk shakes and warm brownie sundaes, or supplement dinners with frosty craft beers and cocktails mixed with rye, absinthe, and bitters.
Rockit Burger Bar's uniquely rustic yet upscale interior bristles with eccentricity and fun, with multiple moose antlers dangling above the bar space and huge windows filling the room with light and lively street scenes. Located across the street from Wrigley Field, the space is a hub of constant activity, whether from Sunday brunchers chowing down on waffles and breakfast burritos, or ticketless baseball fans trying to peer through the stadium walls with x-ray goggles.
Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort wards off winter blues with 7,000 square feet of tropical decor, summertime cocktails, and a manmade lava river snaking through the bar. To buttress the beach theme, parties can order a cooler of 12, 24, or 36 brewskies to a table drenched in red and green light. In addition to signature cocktails and fishbowls filled with frozen fruit, ice cream, and chocolate liqueur, the entertainment emporium shelters cover bands that fill audiences’ ears with nostalgia and their mouths with the desire to sing along.
Brando's Speakeasy has a very classic look with a drink list to match. As groups settle into tufted banquettes beneath crystal chandeliers, they peruse a drink list with cocktails such as Pimm's Cups and old fashioneds. Martinis are the specialty here, though, with 10 varieties including the house Dinotini, which features espresso and vanilla vodkas, chocolate liqueur, Bailey's, and a chocolate rim. The entertainment is decidedly modern, as revelers sing one of 250,000 songs from the on-demand karaoke service.