Some of Chicago’s finest bars live underground. Others sit high in the sky or hide in dark alleys. Here are seven of our favorite out-of-the-way places to imbibe, whether we’re looking for a post-work drink or a swanky date night.
NEW TO THE WEST LOOP Bar Biscay is a cross between a Basque pinxto bar and a lively French brasserie, featuring a great cocktail bar for late night snacks and shenanigans.
With an intentionally discreet façade meant to trigger wistful memories of a past, understated, European approach to fine dining, Honey’s gracefully snuck its way into Chicago’s West Loop dining scene. Inside, a series of surprises designed by co-found.
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3. Bar Siena: From the owners of Siena Tavern, Bar Siena opened in the West Loop in July. The Italian restaurant has a second-floor dining room that seats 80 guests or holds 140 for receptions. A metal tree sculpture with hundreds of LED lights is at the center of the room, which also has booth seating, a private bar, and large windows overlooking Randolph Street. On the menu, items include kale and wild mushroom calzones and "Fireball Pepperoni" pizza.
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