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  • Sawtooth Restaurant and Lounge
    Sawtooth Restaurant Though he relies primarily on local ingredients when crafting his Vietnamese cuisine, executive chef Kay Bui structures his menu around a principle that may seem foreign to American diners. He serves small plates in the context of a communal meal, as is common practice in Vietnam. Together, guests can explore the exotic tastes of charbroiled pork wrapped in rice paper, sautéed asparagus doused in a spicy brown sauce, or shrimp and crabmeat stir-fried with vermicelli noodles and mixed vegetables. Bartenders complement the kitchen’s output with house-infused spirits and an extensive wine list that highlights organic and biodynamic reds and whites. At Sawtooth Restaurant, meals unfold in one of three places: a spacious dining room notable for its earthy tones and clean lines, a lounge with custom booths and modular box tables, or a garden patio surrounded by exposed brick and patrolled by Indochinese tigers.
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    1350 W Randolph St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Zebra Lounge
    Legend has it that on December 5, 1933—the day that Prohibition ended—the Zebra Lounge showed Chicago its stripes for the first time. Fittingly, one must pass under the Canterbury Courts’ black-and-white awning to get to this intimate piano bar, where mustard and mauve-painted walls give way to a hung zebra pelt, framed pictures, and zebra-striped lamps. Even the bartenders match the décor, since they often sport black pants and white socks as they sling drinks and play armchair therapist. In-the-know patrons arrive early to sink into leather booths as pianists tap out songs by Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond, among others. Later on in the night, the cozy, pint-sized joint fills up with a diverse crowd that leaves the pretension at the door and ranges from suit-sporting old-timers to reveling college students. From behind the mirror-lined bar, the staff pours martinis, fills wooden bowls with zesty snack mix, and turns away predatory lions lured by the bar’s sign. Zebra Lounge is many things; as much a chameleon as it is a zebra. It’s a hideaway to those that want it to be one, and place to have great conversation for those looking for one.
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    1220 North State Parkway
    Chicago, IL US
  • Gilt Bar
    To many, the idea of French cuisine inspires images of stuffy maître 'ds and three-figure bottles of burgundy. Those people might be surprised to stumble upon Maude's Liquor Bar, which Brendan Sodikoff—the gastronomic mastermind behind Gilt Bar—designed to embody "a dive bar in Paris," according to Chicago Magazine. In its second floor digs, mismatched chandeliers cast a low glow over salvaged subway tiles and exposed brick walls as diners savor a contemporary French-American menu that its creators describe as “straightforward and sexy with playful twinges.” Though the food is more than worth the wait on weekend nights, the drink list is where Maude’s truly shines. Classic cocktails, such as the Sazerac and the St. Germain Fizz, mingle with unique libations such as the Smash, a drink brimming with mint leaves, citrus wedges, and a choice of spirits ranging from whiskey to chartreuse. Of course, no French dive would be complete without a wine selection, and Maude's list of about 30 reds, whites, and champagnes doesn't disappoint.
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    230 W Kinzie St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Martini Club
    Martini Club offers a wide variety of classic American dishes. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Find time to peruse the wine list here — Martini Club offers a variety of drink options. Martini Club offers patio seating in the warmer months. For those big group gatherings, Martini Club provides plenty of space to have a good time. There's often a DJ spinning as well, and patrons are encouraged to step out on the dance floor. The music and crowds can create quite a racket at Martini Club — noise levels can reach the upper registers. It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation. Martini Club tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Martini Club for their catering services. Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot. You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Martini Club, so plan your budget accordingly.
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    3124 N Central Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Bar Forza
    What happens when an Australian vacationer in Chicago intends to stay for three weeks, but accidentally befriends a chef and goes into business with him? The answer is Bar Forza. The aforementioned chef, Mario Giuseppe Mentesana, comes fresh from the kitchens of two five-star restaurants in Florence, drawing on South Italian tradition to craft authentic red sauces with San Marzano tomatoes. Chef Mentesana uses these sauces on traditional pastas and gourmet pizzas, including the rigatoni ballanti with Sicilian meatballs and the salsiccia e cipolle pie with homemade spicy Italian sausage. He also crafts burgers and paninis to satisfy those who like their handheld fare between bread slices. As Chef Mentesana works his magic in the kitchen, bartenders shake martinis, pour on-draft craft beer, and effortlessly catch full glasses of wine as they periodically drop from the dining room's high, tin ceiling. Like the Bar Forza team, these wines come from across the world, hailing from vineyards in Italy, Australia, South America, New Zealand, and the U.S..
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    2476 N Lincoln Ave.
    Chicago, IL US
  • Scarlet
    The red sign over Scarlet’s door is more than just a nod to the business’s name: much of the bar’s inspiration comes from the GLBT community in the 1920s, whose members often wore a piece of scarlet-colored clothing to subtly signal their affiliation to others. The staff at Scarlet has reclaimed the color and now proudly displays it throughout their Halsted Street space. Scarlet’s homage to the past doesn’t end with the color red. Dubbed “The First Ward Ball,” their Friday-night dance party honors the 1907 ball of the same name, which famously attracted more than 15,000 guests to squeeze into the Chicago Coliseum and, later on, into a high-wheel motor buggy. Scarlet’s version features multiple DJs, guest appearances by local celebrities, bar-top dancers, and drink specials. To round out their weekly event calendar, Scarlet hosts weekly Frat House parties, with LITs and beer on special, and liquid brunch, a mimosa-heavy affair.
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    3320 North Halsted Street
    Chicago, IL US

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