Food & Drink

Late Bar

Published On 12/22/2009 Published On 12/22/2009

There are only two good things that happen late night: Sucking down a burrito or sucking face with some chick who's like a five, but you'll tell your friends was a four. Haha, those guys just don't get it! Offering you a sweet third path, Late Bar. From a duo that's been putting on events in clubs around the city for years, Late Bar's their stab at something more permanent: An open-til-four, music-driven dive with eclectic photography, a video screen playing anything but sports, and a dance floor dark enough to facilitate actual dancing. The tunes promise to be all over the map -- punk, '60s, ska, soul, rockabilly, mod, industrial -- with occasional guest spots from the staff at Lincoln Square's independent record store Laurie's Planet of Sound, cause Captain Planet took "the power is yours" literally, and now has to shut up when people tell him to. Beer selection is equally diverse, with a revamped 1930's draft system pouring Bitburger, Hobgoblin, Sand Creek's Cranberry Ale, Hook and Ladder Golden Ale, along with 12 cans/bottles including $2 PBR/Old Milwaukee, hard-to-find Indian lager Jhoom, and Monty Python's Holy Ale, which people always say they've already had, even though it was probably just Life of Brian Pilsner. They'll also doing specialty cocktails, including the weekends-only Human League-inspired "Electric Dream" a potent, secret recipe, bright blue concoction that's illuminated with a glow stick, providing a little more light so you can show your would-be partner that yes, you are a man, and you're all 5.

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1. Late Bar 3534 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618 (Avondale)

With 4am closing hour, Late Bar really lives up to its name. From a duo that's been throwing events in clubs around the city for years, this Avondale bar-club-combo is their stab at something more permanent. A music-driven, cash-only dive with eclectic photography, a video screen playing anything but sports, and a dance floor dark enough to facilitate actual dancing set the stage for some seriously strong cocktails made by some crazy-fast bartenders.

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