Have you ever considered going underground? Not as in incognito or unobserved, but really underground. Chicago, of course, has its aboveground attractions, but it also has a hidden depth that is worth an evening’s exploration. Note: these are all nightclubs; so if you tend to nod off at eight o’clock, best pick an earlier form of nightlife. Here are some of the best underground bars in Chicago.
The Booze Box
Firstly, Booze Box is hidden behind an unmarked door, down and under the sushiDoku. It offers Japanese cocktails as well as snacks, small plates, and Japanese draft beer. A special treat is three flights of cold draft sake per the bartender’s choice. The dress is casual and they’re open from 6:00 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday. Friday closing is at 2:00 a.m. and Saturday at 3:00 a.m.
Secondly, The Drifter is an authentic 1920’s speakeasy, down the Green Door Tavern. Their nightly menu is written on large Tarot Cards, and there are performances nightly (everything from contortionists to fan dancers and beyond). The dress is casual. Hours are 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Wednesday through Friday. Saturday gives you an extra hour until 3:00 a.m.
Finally, The Underground is a happening kind of place, a late night dance floor under the busy streets of River North. The dress code ranges from casual to fancy, and the venue hosts special events. It is open on Friday and Saturday at 10:00 p.m. and closes in the wee hours at 4:00 a.m.; Saturday at 5:00 a.m.
In conclusion, even night owls haunting underground bars in Chicago need a place to call home. We think the luxury Mondial West Apartments fits that bill. Chill out under our water mister, work out in our fitness center, or take Fido for a run in our private dog park. Or just opt out for an early morning or late night dip in your own private soak tub.
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