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  • Ford Cocktail: not made on an assembly line
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    Scofflaw: Cocktails without tears

    by yooperprof Written Aug 28, 2013
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    Selected by Chicago Magazine as one of the outstanding bars in the City, the Scofflaw (in Logan Square) is well known for its lack of pretention (ahem, Violet Hour) and also for its genuine neighborhoodliness. A charming street corner tavern, it remains true to its roots and hasn't "prettified" itself beyond all recognition.

    I really enjoyed my "Ford Cocktail": a classic gin martini served in a classic cut-glass tumbler. Love, love, love it! Scofflaw Old Tom Gin, Dolin Dry, Benedictine, Orange Bitters; $8.

    My friend had the Italian liqueur "Fernet Branca," liquorice flavored elixir. Potent potables for the daily double, Alex!

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    John Barleycorn: Popular & Historic Tavern in Lincoln Park

    by yooperprof Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    Top of the Day to Ya!

    Classic Northside Chicago Irish Tavern, close to DePaul University, Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville. The building dates to 1890 and retains many interesting features of its time. Handsome bar and a decent pubfood menu. Bills itself as a "Michigan State" Bar, so if you are a Spartan fan this is the place for you!

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    Le Bar at Sofitel: Hotel Bar Sleekness with a Eurotrash feel (NMA)

    by yooperprof Updated Nov 3, 2012

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    If you want to find some European glamour - or Eurotrash pseudoglamour - Le Bar (in the Sofitel Water Tower) is a good place to find it. From the thump-thump-thump of the piped-in techno music, to the wall-of-clocks showing the time in the high-cheekbone capitals of the world, this is a watering hole with aspirations. My friends like to come here for "Le Bar's" good choice of scotches and martinis; it's the kind of place where it's fun to guess where people bought their clothes and how much they spent on them. Sometimes I feel like spending some of my Chicago drinking time here: they don't call me "jet set chet" for nothing!

    Dress Code: There's no dress code here - it's a hotel bar, after all - but some of the patrons do tend to look like they just crawled off a catwalk. (They have a hungry look to them.) Men in suits, too, and in the winter, women from Highland Park wearing furs. If this kind of thing turns you off, you probably should find another establishment.

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    Bars/Nightclubs: Underground Chicago

    by HotSpotJ Written Oct 30, 2011
    Posner rocking out Underground

    Back in August I went to Underground and had a great time. I met Miss March and Miss May of Playboy, a few Chicago Bears players, and wouldnt you know it but the guy with us coming in would later jump on a small stage and rock the place out- it was Mike Posner. I took a photo with my phone.

    I think this might be the place to be in Chicago, given the amount of celebs on my one night in there- so having friends in the city that are with Playboy models mightve helped my cause, but I'm sure if you plan ahead and call for bottle reservations you'll be good to go.

    Dress Code: Dress to impress

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  • Bars/Nightclubs: Every Friday Night in Chicago! Free Cover*

    by bodyrockpro Written Jul 19, 2011

    BODYROCK PRODUCTIONS presents its newest Friday night party at THE CENTURY ROOM (inside the Mid)

    along with VIBE IS RIGHT & BODYROCK PRODUCTIONS is
    set to take chicago by storm, Friday nights in the century room inside the already legendary Mid nightclub is the hottest night to come to chicago this summer!
    The Century Room is brought to you by local celebrity hosts while
    featuring two of chicago's favorite dj's RYAN PULLANO & BRIAN BINETTI
    bringing you the best flavor and vibe in chicago.

    > Mention bodyrock @ the door for free entry all night

    Dress Code: Casual*

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  • Bars/Nightclubs: Chicago's Newest Spot on Fridays

    by bodyrockpro Written Jul 19, 2011

    BODYROCK PRODUCTIONS presents its newest Friday night party at THE CENTURY ROOM (inside theMid)

    along with VIBE IS RIGHT & BODYROCK PRODUCTIONS is
    set to take chicago by storm, Friday nights in the century room inside the already legendary Mid nightclub is the hottest night to come to chicago this summer!
    The Century Room is brought to you by local celebrity hosts while
    featuring two of chicago's favorite dj's RYAN PULLANO & BRIAN BINETTI
    bringing you the best flavor and vibe in chicago.

    Dress Code: Casual*

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  • Tzar: Ultra disappointment

    by lococholo Written Jun 19, 2011

    Got there at 12:30. About 20 people in line. Some High School dropout Asian dude in a JC Penney suit kept telling us every five minutes its 20 dollars for dudes to get in, ladies free. Get a parrot to do his job. Waited a half an hour, line never budged. Dropout kept letting his own people in. Told one guy there's a dress code; he had on an Affliction t-shirt. 2 minutes later he let a guy in wearing a sweat jacket and a white undershirt. Then dropout told us it's now 40 for dudes as two couples walked out and said it sucked. Enough for me to go home. Was allowed inside to tell friends I was leaving. The DJ was spinning old techno, hardly anyone was dancing, and drinks were watered down (yeah, I had a drink. No I didn't pay. But a buddy did...). Thankfully I was spared the disappointment. If you want to drop cash to look dope head on over. Plenty of places better than this just minutes away.

    Dress Code: Depends on how tight you are with "Security"

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    Dugan's on Halsted: Neighborhood Bar Downtown!

    by Marisola Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dugan's

    This is a nice bar because of it's location near downtown in Greektown, but it still has its neighborhood feel. Lots of cops hang out here, and it's always easy to find parking nearby. This is a good place to go watch a game and have a beer after dining in the city or in Greektown. Check out their website for daily specials on drinks. On Fridays there is free pizza after 5pm.

    Dress Code: Anything goes... I've seen people in jeans and I've seen people in suits coming in after a formal party.

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    Ralph Lauren's: Polo Bar? (NMA)

    by yooperprof Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    tres nouveau riche?

    Ralph Lauren does bars? Well, he's giving it a go. Apparently this is a prototype for what could be a nationwide chain. (Oh, great, just what we need!)

    This is actually a small restaurant/bar which serves the classic Americana food items all gussied up and prettified, in much the same way that Ralph Lauren clothes do. But I really did like the small size of the bar - only about 20 seats! Of course, you'll pay for the luxury of intimacy - it's just off tourist laden Michigan Avenue, and they don't want to make this place into a substitute for those who couldn't get into the Cheesecake Factory, say.

    Expensive! Oh my. It can be fun if you want to hob-nob with the G & G set. But bring your Visa!

    Dress Code: Ralph Lauren label, preferably

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    Sigara Hookah Cafe & Lounge: Take a toke from the Hookah

    by cwhit21 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pondering the thoughts of the Hookah

    Sounded good at the time. Goto a bar where they serve different types of flavored tobacco and smoke it out of a hookah, and chill with a bottle of wine. I thought it was pretty cool. Laid back atmosphere, kinda dark. Later at 11 or so the music changed and the belly dancer come out. That was neat and for a minute I felt as though I was in the middle east.

    Dress Code: I wouldnt go there looking like a slob. Or all sweaty from humping around the city, but casual dress like what you normally wear when going out on a weekend.

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    Nine Muses: Chocolate Martinis!!!

    by Marisola Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Muses' Entrance
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    Great location in Greektown. Wonderful ambiance, and the absolute best Chocolate Martinis (a great after dinner dessert drink)!!! In nice weather, the large windows are fully opened and it's as if you're eating outside. It's fabulous! They also serve casual Greek food here until 1am!!!

    Dress Code: More classy than a regular bar, but no requirements.

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  • SYN: SYN

    by grkboiler Updated Apr 4, 2011

    SYN (just another way to spell "sin") is a European-influenced lounge-style nightclub on Rush St. It is an interesting place with a good crowd and friendly staff. DJs play plenty of new music to dance to plus disco and 80's hits.

    The crowd was mostly in their 30s and 40s, along with a handful of very flashy men up in their 70s and 80s trying to pick up the younger ones (which proves the theory of those of us who call Rush St. the "Viagra Corridor").

    In my opinion, it was a decent place. The only reason we went in was because a friend from Greece had no ID on her and this was the only place we could distract the bouncer long enough for her to sneak in. We probably would have never gone in if we had any other reason.

    SYN is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9pm-2am (3am Saturdays). There is no cover before 10pm. It is $10 after 10 from Thursday-Saturday and $5 after 10 on the other 2 days.

    Dress Code: Dress like you are going to a club. Jeans are fine, no sneakers.

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    Tonic Room: "Great Club With Friendly People & Great Music!"

    by tetonski1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We had a great time here! I thought I’d list the top ten reasons why we will return, and you should visit:

    1. This is a great spot to meet local people that are friendly and down to earth.

    2. It is a small and cozy venue.

    3. There is never a cover.

    4. Drinks are inexpensive, like $4.50 vodka tonics.

    5. Monday is “Open Mic Night”. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. anyone can sign up and play live on the Tonic Room stage, they even supply a guitar.

    6. Tuesday is “iPod Night”. You get to be the DJ for 15 minutes playing any tunes
    you like from your iPod.

    7. Wednesday is “Chicago Local Band Night”, where you get to hear some of
    Chicago’s own local bands.

    8. Saturday Night the D.J. and Bartender are great! They play old school hip-hop and the place is kickin’!

    9. Located in great Lincoln Park location, open 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 5 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; closed Sunday during winter.

    10. They have excellent daily specials like 2 for 1 Jagger bombs & $2.50 Gin and Juice.

    Dress Code: Casual but nice.

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    Coyote Ugly: Night Clubs in Chi Town

    by andreaarp Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Well, I just went to Coyote Ugly the other night and thought it was really interesting! So first of all it was packed full of guys staring at the bartenders (coyotes). Lots of bachelor parties were in full swing. Most of the bachelors from the parties got made fun of over the loud speakers and then a few got called up and were whipped. And take it from me- they are really whipping these poor guys. Anyways, the coyotes did some dance routines (just like in the movie) and there were bras hanging from the cielings, and bars above the bar that you could swing on or something for all the dancers who get on top of the bars... Sorry boys only girls allowed on top of the bar. Throughout the night the bartenders demanded that guys must buy girls shots... Did way too many tequilla shots and the rest of the night got hazy... But next door is the Buzz which is really fun and packed on Monday nights. The Buzz is open until 4and I definately suggest if you are ever in Chicago on a Monday night this is the place to be. Overall I suggest trying Coyote Ugly for fun... but I can't say it would ever be my favorite bar.

    Dress Code: I went all out and wore a dress and stelleto heels... apparently I didn't read the part on the internet site that said it was a biker bar type. But I wasn't too overdressed. It ranged some people had on harley davidson t-shirts and others had on skirts and nice shirts. Whatever you want.

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    Garrett Ripleys: An Upscale Irish Pub with Good Grub

    by TRimer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Without the Scaffolding

    This Irish-feel tavern with a pair of Scottish bartenders is named after the first man in America to be convicted of polygamy. That should tell you something about owners Dominic O'Mahoney, Steve Bringas, and Andreas Antoniou. These three have infused the martini menu with their humor, giving items names like Absolutely Filthy and Garrett's Viagra. Reading the martini list is entertaining enough, but they're also generous and poured with great good cheer by the experienced bartenders. They have a nice selection of beers which includes Boddingtons and the requisite Guinness. A decent selection of wines is also available.

    The food is surprisingly good for a bar. The brunch menu is tasty. They are known for their articoke dip. They also have a wonderful chicken and brie sandwich with apples and dijon mayonnaise. The Count is their version of the Monte Cristo, but amazingly it's not greasy.

    Dress Code: My fashionable friends pretty much live here. Trendy crowd.

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