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    Brazzaz Brazilian Steakhouse and Bar: Brazilian Resto and Bar

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 4, 2010
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    One of The Popular Brazilian Restaurants cum Bars in Chicago, this review is for it's Bar and the other review will be at the restaurants tips. Brazzaz has an extensive wine collection and assorted cocktails and local craft and domestic plus international beers, their special cocktail is the Capoerinha which costs $ 10 a glass and the local beers costs $ 6 and the foerign brand beers like the Stella Artois and Heineken Costs $ 7 and the glass of wine costs $ 20. they have not much in bar chow selections since they are a brazilian steakhouse sepcializing in buffetts.

    They Have Special Bufferr Dinner $34.99 Monday-Thursday 5:00-10:00pm.Tax & gratuity not included. .

    Dress Code: Smart Casual

    Hours:
    Mon-Thu 5 pm - 10 pm

    Fri 11 am - 2 pm

    Fri 5 pm - 10:30 pm

    Sat 4 pm - 10:30 pm

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    The Plaza at Park Grill: Nightlife at Millenium Park

    by machomikemd Written Oct 29, 2010
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    Park grill has an outside dining cum bar and is a favorite nitespot here in millenium park area called "The Plaza at Park Grill". The indoor restaurant has 300 seats and a floor-to-ceiling view of the park. During the summer months and fall months, Park Grill is turned into an al fresco dining site again called the Plaza at Park Grill just outside the resto ok. Park Grill is Chicago's newest destination restaurant at the gateway to Millennium Park and along Chicago's world-class Michigan Avenue. According to their website which i quote: "Park Grill's cuisine and seasonal year-round entertainment make it an experience unlike any other in Chicago. Executive Chef Bernard Laskowski brings a chef's interpretation to classic American cuisine, infusing it with unique Chicago flavor." and i have to try this out. and after late lunch on to the next door the plaza at PArk Grill for some beers.

    Dress Code: clothing attire is casual

    they have a fairly good selection of menu and bar chow but less selections than the Park grill nearby like their are no rib eye steaks boo hoo. but I went here for a round of brewskey beers with chicago friends after having a late lunch in nearby park grill and haveing seasonal michigan and chicago microbrewed beers here for $ 12 for a 24 ounce cup is exhilarating.

    Hours of Operation: Mon-Thu, open at 11:00 a.m. & serving dinner until 9:30 p.m. Fri, open at 11:00 a.m. & serving dinner until 10:30 p.m. Sat, open at 10:00 a.m. & serving dinner until 10:30 p.m. Sun, open at 10:00 a.m. & serving dinner until 9:30 p.m.

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  • Bars/Nightclubs: West Hubbard St, downtown Chicago

    by socheid Updated Aug 23, 2010

    There are a handful of bars all right next together on West Hubbard St around number 22 where Rockit Bar and Grill is. At ground floor in Rockit is indeed the bar and grill. Upstairs after 5 pm the lounge opens. It's pretty big and has room for a lot of people in there. The dj plays a mixture of music and there are some pool tables at one end and tvs all around on the walls. It gets very busy and lively at weekends at least.

    Next door is Howl at the Moon which has duelling pianos sometimes accompanying by drums / bass etc. Some of the songs they played on the piano didn't work in my humble opinion, I thought some if it sounded pretty bad.

    It's a notch more down market than Rockit so take your pick as to which of the 2 suits you best. Both had hen or batchelorette as they seem to call them in the US) in.

    There are some bars straight across the street. O'Callaghan's is the late night joint of the group, open to 5 am with no entrance fee. There is another bar next door that was trying to charge $20 admission fee even though it was close in an hour.

    I have little doubt that there will be plenty of other areas similar to this in downtown Chicago

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  • Bars/Nightclubs: Rush and Division

    by socheid Updated Aug 21, 2010

    Various different people have said to me that the liveliest place for nightlife in Chicago is the block near Rush and Division Sts. I took a look there and there's a block of around 10 bars all packed right next to each other. There are also other places dotted around that area. It is very much a 20something crowd with the exception that I seen being a bar called The Lodge that seems to get a bit of a more mature crowd.

    There wasn't any live music when I was there.

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    Bars/Nightclubs: Beer Bistro

    by shohman Written Aug 18, 2010

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    Just a neighborhood spot with a large variety of beers and typical bar food. Very nice for an unassuming night. The staff is super friendly. One of our friends left his wallet at the bar and instead of being fleeced, the bartender found him and returned the wallet. The manager went out of his way to seat our large party. they also had Stella draft for $4. If I wasn't so ired from traveling, I'd have really done damage here :)

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    Dress Code: super casual

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    Tavern on Rush: Favorite Cocktail and Great People Watching

    by BigBlueOne Written Feb 16, 2010

    Tavern on Rush is right in the middle of it all in downtown Chicago. The drinks are a little pricey but its still a good place to grab a table and a cocktail and watch Chicago in action.

    Dress Code: Don't think they have a dress code but I wouldn't recommend looking like a bum. I'd say dress casual at a minimum.

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    Bars/Nightclubs: Rush Street

    by jlanza29 Updated Feb 9, 2010
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    Rush street in the downtown Loop area is a place for the older stylish crowds to go and have drinks and not have the blarring music in the backround... Rush has various restaurants and bars on both sides...Great on Saturday nights !!!!

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    Bars/Nightclubs: Map Room - Travellers paradise for World's Beer

    by DSwede Updated Nov 12, 2009

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    Map Room

    Simply put, BEER, BEER and more BEER.

    They usually have over 200 different beers (minimum)* from all over the world. And I mean even some of the small, remote microbreweries in Europe, South America and all over the states.

    The walls are painted with a huge world map to give the place its name. Its just a pub, but can have a good lively crowd. Great for socializing. If you are late, its often standing room only.

    Dress Code: Casual

    Don't let the theme fool you... no food is served here. However, you can bring your own since there is no kitchen. Also, sometimes local guys bring in homemade tamales and sell from bar to bar.

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    Su Casa: Cheesy, cheery Cantina on the Near North side

    by yooperprof Written Aug 14, 2009

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    it really does stand out in its neighborhood
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    This would be a respectable establishment anywhere else perhaps, but in the context of River North - and only a block away from the tony Michigan Ave., "Su Casa" classifies as a bit of a dive. My friends and I enjoy it as a convenient pre-dinner or pre-theatre meeting place - drinks are relatively inexpensive (considering the neighborhood), -- and it's very hard to miss the bright yellow exterior walls!

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    Bars/Nightclubs: The Pump Room

    by Dabs Updated Aug 12, 2009
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    My friend Ed (kaspian) was staying at the Ambassador East Hotel on his recent visit to Chicago and suggested that we go for a drink in the historic Pump Room and I thought that was a grand idea since I had never been inside. We were there around 7 pm on Sunday night and there wasn't much going on, just an out of towner and a couple of regulars at the bar. We were rather casually dressed but the hostess said no problem, come on in. So we did and had a lovely conversation with a gentleman from Pennsylvania visiting his son, the bar tender with whom I had a lively discussion about whether the south or west sides of the city had the worst neighborhoods and an older gentleman who pointed to a picture on the wall and said "that's me". And pointed out that in it's heyday, neither one of us would have been allowed in as Ed was in jeans and I was in "slacks".

    For those of you who have never heard of the Pump Room, it was a stopping point for many celebrities over the years, Chicago Sun Times columnist Irv "Kup" Kupcinet would hold court in Booth One, inviting the celebrities who passed through town to his table. The walls of the Pump Room are lined with these photos, many from a more glamorous time, many from recent years.

    There was no live music on Sunday but Ed tells me that there were some terrific musicians there on Saturday night. You might want to put on some nicer clothes for that, they may enforce a dress code on the weekends but even if not, you will feel out of place.

    Dress Code: While we entered in very casual clothes, you might want to wear at least business casual if you are coming on a weekend evening

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    The Green Mill: Uptown Poetry Slam

    by BeatChick Written Jun 28, 2009

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    So, my 19-year-old son had a terrible time on our family trip to NYC last autumn so I decided to take him to Chicago to make up for that (and it did; he thinks Chicago is the city all cities should be patterned after, thanks for asking)! We're there for Memorial Day weekend and I think, hey, we'll be there Sunday night, we can go to the Poetry Slam!! What a unique cultural experience, right? Except that we didn't get in. My 19-year-old and 16-year-old can get into a comedy club on Times Square in New York with me during the wee hours of the morning but same 19-year-old isn't allowed into a freakin' poetry reading.

    First off, the guy was rude and barked at all of us outside that we'd have to wait outside 'cause the bar is full. When I ask if how much the cover charge is, he tells me $10 and then looks at me like I'm a *** because I ask if they take credit cards. No. But there's an ATM inside. Does he mind if I walk inside to get the cash. And he rudely retorts "What FOR?!?" and I quiz back "Uh, to save time, maybe?!?!" But no, I have to wait until he's ready to let us in which will hold up the line behind us. I think at this point, he could've asked for ID but didn't. He waited until we got the cash (with an added on $2 charge - great) and waited to snap at us again to inform us that Ian was too young.

    Either this guy is completely inefficient or he just loves to be rude to people.

    The Uptown Poetry Slam occurs Sunday nights from 7pm-10pm, began in 1986, has a $6 cover charge. This is really all the website tells you although they were going to charge us $10 that night.

    Cash only; must be 21 to enter. None of this info, of course, can be found on their website (soooo, what's the point of having the website?!?). They don't even have the Current Schedule up ("Coming Soon" it says; nice).

    Dress Code: Casual - it's a poetry reading, for God's sakes! I suppose an all-black ensemble would bode you well here.

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    Lucky Strike Lanes: Bowling alley bar for Yuppies (Streeterville)

    by yooperprof Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    It's commercial, it's slick, and it's definitely for River North or Michigan Avenue yuppies, but the Lucky Strike is still an entertaining and efficient place for a meet-up, an after-movie drink, or a quick few strikes and spares on a dull Wednesday. Good bar menu: really excellent macaroni and cheese. Of course, it has as much Chicago feel to it as your average Bennigan's or Applebees, and it comes with the same corporate cookie-cutter mentality. But - and it's definitely true - sometimes in Chicago you will find yourself looking for a place to go before a film or after the Art Institute, and you won't want to go all the way back to one of the neighborhoods, and you'll be with a big group of people, and some of you will want to drink beer, and some of you will want to eat hamburgers, and some of you will want to people-watch, and you will end up here. Trust me.

    (Note: when I was here in July 2008, I was quite disappointed in the beer selection. No local or regional beers on tap, and really, quite a standard range of bottled beers as well. This is not the place to go if you are interested in _quality_ beer drinking!)

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  • Bars/Nightclubs: New Thursday Nights at the Underground!!

    by kgibb Written Jun 2, 2008

    Mark your calendar!!!

    June 12th - Underground Chicago is launching The Rewind - Kickin' It Old School @ the Underground!

    Over a decade ago, a Chicago Entertainment unit - code name Rockit Ranch - set out to position Chicago nightlife on the map by any means necessary. In 2008, the powerful unit captured the "Best in the U.S." medal of honor for Chicago, at the National Nightclub and Bar Summit! If you have an entertainment need, if no one else can successfully fulfill the mission, if you can find them, you too can join... The A-Team!

    Dress Code: Posh.Trendy.Hipster.

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  • The Underground Nightclub Chicago: The Underground Thursdays!!

    by kgibb Written Jun 2, 2008

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    Mark your calendar!!!

    June 12th - Underground Chicago is launching The Rewind - Kickin' It Old School @ the Underground!

    Over a decade ago, a Chicago Entertainment unit - code name Rockit Ranch - set out to position Chicago nightlife on the map by any means necessary. In 2008, the powerful unit captured the "Best in the U.S." medal of honor for Chicago, at the National Nightclub and Bar Summit! If you have an entertainment need, if no one else can successfully fulfill the mission, if you can find them, you too can join... The A-Team!

    Visit http://www.theundergroundchicago.com/
    ....:: | UNDERGROUND | ::....

    Dress Code: Trendy. Posh. Hipster.

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  • Bars/Nightclubs: The Rewind @ The Underground

    by rockit_girl Written Jun 1, 2008

    “Over a decade ago, a Chicago entertainment unit – code name Rockit Ranch – set out to position Chicago nightlife on the map by any means necessary. After relentless pursuit by competitors and opposition, and a string of successful undercover operative missions with code names Solo, Equinox, Dragon Room, Circus, The Bedroom, The Passage, Rockit, and The Underground, this elite force to be reckoned with not only survived as soldiers of fortune but successfully completed one of their most challenging missions to date. In 2008, the powerful unit captured the “Best in the U.S.” Medal of Honor for Chicago, at the National Nightlife & Bar Summit! If you have an entertainment nee, if no one else can successfully fulfill the mission, if you can find them, you too can join…The A-Team!”

    The Undergound Chicago is a trendy nightclub that offers only the best in service and entertainment. They are launching a new Thursday nights called The Rewind which will feature 80's and 90's music. It premiers on June 12th!

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