The Motel Bar is offering a $20 gift certificate for only $10. Conveniently located at 600 W. Chicago Ave. in River North, Motel Bar is like having a 60's-esque cocktail lounge as your hang-out spot, with your own Rat Pack huddled at a table, swilling Scotch. You can't plan a casino heist in just any old place: You need to be sitting in a cherry red circular booth with a mod look (glass eye optional). Use your Groupon to buy a round and look like a big shot.
It's not just about Scotch: The Motel Bar has all the classic drinks, including Gimlets, Gin Rickeys, Pink Ladies, Manhattans and Rob Roys. It's the kind of place that cool cats, big dogs and mice with attitude hang after work. You'll almost wish there was a haze of cigarette smoke everywhere. This is a bar for grownups, Jack - get your Shirley Temple-politans and Skittle-tinis someplace else!
Check out the Motel Bar's menu. The Motel Grilled Cheese has three kinds of cheese, avocado, bacon and tomato, all with a side of that yummy, booth-matching tomato soup. Plus, the waitresses will sing "When You're Smiling" when they bring it to you. Motel Bar also serves Texas-style chili daily.
The Motel Bar got a three-star average on Yelp. A few reviews:
- "I had one of my best nights ever here...laid back lounge and 'sceney' lounge bar...good food, a-ok fancy cocktails...ample outdoor seating." - Kate S, Chicago
- "...it's now my favorite place in Chicago...I have had a great time in the Motel Bar these past few weeks. I've met some AWESOME staff, the owners who are totally boss, and I even met a really cute boy..." - Drucilla D, Chicago
- "25-cent shots of merlot. I'm pretty sure you can't say anything bad about a place after that." - Dead P, Chicago
You're right, Dead P. Dead right. It's no wonder about your nickname. You're as right as a Motel Burger (a half-pound of sirloin, lettuce, tomato, Bermuda onion and choice of cheese) or a Garbage Salad (mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, celery, carrots, onion, red pepper, black olives, eggs, garbanzo beans, bacon, croutons and a mix of cheddar and provolone cheeses). It's just like the Motel Burger and Garbage Salad Joey Bishop used to order, only you don't have to kiss Frank Sinatra's zipper to get it.
Motel Bar was the first deal Groupon ever featured. Modeled after classic hotel-lobby bars of yore, the watering hole marries the décor of yesteryear with a full-service bar, menu of American eats, creative cocktails, and signature motel martinis. Servers ferry trays of burgers, flatbread pizzas, and pub-fare appetizers through a glitzy lounge with exposed-brick walls, vinyl seating, and hanging cylindrical lighting. The eatery's outdoor terrace allows claustrophobes to sip cocktails in peace and lets staring-contest champions challenge the sun.