Here’s a look at three of concierges’ local favorites offering a taste of Chicago’s unique libations and music.
Part restaurant and part music venue, The Promontory in Hyde Park is one of Langham Chicago concierge Philippe Gills’ favorite nightlife spots in town. After all, he says, where else can you see jazz legends, salsa bands, classical recitals, and poetry slams in the same month at the same venue? This neighborhood destination’s restaurant and bar, located downstairs, is designed around a brick hearth that reflects simple traditions in a modern setting. Drawing inspiration from the open hearth blazing away in the kitchen you’ll find a “hearth to table”-focused menu, a cocktail program focused on modern twists on classic cocktails, and a wine program that highlights historically significant wine regions with an emphasis on lesser-known varietals. The upstairs music venue honors Hyde Park’s musical legacy. With its modern design, stellar acoustics, and exciting music programming, The Promontory seemingly celebrates the eras when spacious ballrooms and jumpin’ jazz clubs made Chicago’s South Side the capital of American music.
Past and Present
Located in Chicago’s vibrant Pilsen neighborhood, you’ll find Thalia Hall. Originally built as a performance hall in 1892—and modeled after Prague’s Opera House—this stunner sat vacant since the 1960s, but has recently been restored to its original glory. Today, the reimagined Thalia Hall includes a restored performance space, a beer-centric restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef, and an underground bar that specializes in punch. So if you’re a foodie and libation-loving concert-goer, this hot spot is one you won’t want to miss out on. Needless to say, Thalia Hall takes the idea of dinner and a show to a new level. Whether you’re looking to catch a performance by an artist like Andrew W.K. or Joshua Radin, the live music lineups here are as delightfully eclectic as the space.
On the DL
Tucked away beneath Hampton Social is The Bassment, a live music subterranean cocktail lounge in River North. Guests venture a few steps down the alleyway and enter a secret entrance marked “The Tobacconist,” then head through a narrow hallway, down a short flight of steps, and into a simple yet welcoming greeting room with a single aluminum aircraft-style desk and bookcase. It’s when the black curtain is pulled back that a large and cozy modern speakeasy bar and lounge awaits. With the 1960s British Invasion movement in mind, The Bassment’s design includes gold accents throughout, brick walls covered in street art, a long bar, a mixture of uniquely designed velvet and leather couches and a full stage. The music program features live bands performing R&B, pop, blues, New Orleans funk, soul, jazz, and nu-disco covers. The bar offers a creative cocktail menu in addition to wine, spirits, Champagne, and a light bite menu to choose from as well.