At Icon Nightclub, droves of partygoers dance to pumping tunes on one of the city's most expansive dance floors. Revelers can energize themselves for late-night shimmying with drinks or sharpen multi-tasking skills by simultaneously dancing the funky chicken and the Harlem shake. Premium sips help foster an air of refinement, and imported beers help drinkers cultivate a sense of worldliness through hoppy osmosis. On Thursday and Saturday nights, Cadence lights up the club stage with rhythmic jams that earned the group a top 10 spot on America's Got Talent and vehement shushes from the nation's librarians.
With its sleek decor of black leather seats, graphic black prints on white walls, gilded mirrors, and a wall of wine illuminated by cobalt lighting, it’s easy to think The Cosmopolitan Bistro is a chic lounge in the city, not an intimate bistro in the Ozarks. That’s exactly the type of feeling founder Liezl Stevenson-Perme was going for when she opened eatery in April 2011, and it has been so successful that it counts music producer and singer Tony Orlando as one if its patrons.
But the decor isn’t the only appealing thing about The Cosmopolitan Bistro. Oversize white plates arrive at tables topped with artfully arranged entrees of upscale American cuisine, such as new york strip steaks, grilled salmon smothered in rosemary-butter-cream sauce, and seared ahi tuna. On certain nights of the week, the bistro comes to life with the sounds of live jazz music, DJ-spun tracks, or auto-tuned baby laughs.
Young comedians from across the Midwest throw their microphone-callused thumbs into the air to hitch a ride on the Truckload O'Comics monthly comedy showcase. Springfield native Kenny DeForest hosts each show with up to three performers whose adult-themed material doesn't shy away from taboos on sex, religion, or which hand sanitizer to use after holding a friend's baby. On February 25, two opening acts tip the room's humor scales for headliner and Chicago comic Drew Michael. Then in March, the absurdist verbosity of writer-turned-comedian Adam Burke delivers clever quips that have been likened to the '70s standup routine of Steve Martin. In a Chicago magazine profile, the English-bred Burke admits that his "accent is weird … It's not exactly Irish and it's not exactly Scotch. It's more like bourbon."