may be known for sports bars, but what about the favorite neighborhood bar? You know, that one where folks in the neighborhood stop by after work for a drink and a chat with friends. The Belmont Lounge, nestled in between businesses on this quiet strip of Belmont Avenue between Ashland and Damen, fulfills that neighborhood bar need.
"We're not trying to go out of our way to be anything special," says co-owner Dave Schreiner. "We're just a neighborhood bar."
His casual modesty adds to this space's charm. Part swanky lounge and part-Art Deco remnants of the past (it takes over what used to be Touch and Bungalow Lounge before that); low-hanging lights compliment the bar's interior. Deep red lights line the long wooden bar, and glass mirrors reflect back the drinks that are lined up in front of it. A re-modeling is in process, and soon the place will have a wine rack in the middle of it, and a sleeker, more modern look. But for now, The Belmont Lounge boasts vintage charm.
On Thursdays through Sundays, patrons can enjoy live music, including acoustic sets from local bands. And on Wednesdays, up-and-coming musicians can test their tunes out for willing audiences. Drink specials rotate regularly, but patrons can always depend on $3 wells, $4 Jameson, $4 domestic beers and $5 imports.
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler