Food & Drink

12 craft beers & Drunken Mussels

Like oh so many of the members on the Hill where it sits, Lounge 201 wants to stay current, so it has transformed itself from a swanky nightspot into a gastropub-y "modern tavern" called -- wait for it -- The 201 Bar

Gone are the red booths and martini logos in favor of wood banquettes, communal tables, leather bar stools, and 60" TVs hung above gold-perforated mirror walls, meaning you'll actually be able to see yourself hanging out there now. Relaxed munchables include flatbread w/ basil pesto/ red onion/ roasted chicken/ mozzarella, mac & cheese w/ shrimp or chicken & traditional Béchamel sauce served in a kettle pot, and steamed "drunken" mussels, so mess with them, and they'll open you up, man. And because the kids seem to like their craft beers these days, they've installed 12 draft lines pumping stuff like Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter, Devils Backbone O'Fest Lager, and Widmer Pitch Black IPA. They'll also pour you a three-beer flight from Goose Island (312/ IPA/ Sofie) they call "Sweet Home Chicago", or what the current administration might be saying in about three months

Eight signature 'tails now grace the menu, running from the "Fox & The Owl" (barrel-aged gin, Grand Marnier, bitters), to the watermelon lemonade/smoked jalepeno "Natty Boh Mescal Hipster", who, by the way, will tell you that "staying current" was cool about three years ago.