photo: courtesy of Bridget Cicenia
Don't bother bringing your passport; everyone can claim citizenship at this River North bar. While its atmosphere isn't necessarily warm (think modern, loft-style with exposed brick, mirrors, dark wood and a red and silver color scheme), the drinks, food and outdoor patios will make you want to take up residency.
Light fare like salads, sandwiches and flat bread pizzas grace the menu. Macaroni and cheese bites, chicken fingers and spicy corn chowder are a few of the starter dishes, ranging from $5-$12. Try a pesto chicken pizza (pesto sauce, Parmesan cheese,grilled chicken and mozzarella) for $12 or the herbed chicken salad with fresh greens, almonds, goat cheese and basil vinaigrette for $10.
The Bar serves beer and spirits, but its 50-bottle wine list is a better complement to the upscale fare. Sparkling, white, rose and red options are sold by the glass ($7-$16) and by the bottle (the list tops out at around $60). Here, a new day means a new drink special. Monday will have you throwing back $3 pints, but come Tuesday you'll be living the good life with $5 martinis. Have a half-priced glass or bottle of wine on Wednesday or a $3 domestic bottle of beer on Thursday.
When the weather is warm, the most popular place to be is outdoors. Enjoy the company of the city and take your glass of wine and three-cheese panini out onto the 2,000 square-foot patio or rooftop deck.
Centerstage Reviewer: Albrey Nuss