With dark wooden walls, risque wall decor and a cadre of neighborhood regulars, this former jazz hangout-turned-Serbian hot spot can feel a little intimidating at first. But if you're looking for an authentic Serbian tavern with a members-only feel, the bartenders prove ready to make recommendations, and the locals soften up once you're seated.
The sizable menu features all-Serbian food, heavy on meat and easy on the wallet. Try the kupus salata (cabbage salad) or the cavepi (Serbian sausage) to start. If you're feeling particularly hungry, enjoy a pljeskavica (Serbian burger), available in small or large. Items on the menu range from $3-$12, and bottled domestics round out the usual hard liquors along the bar.
For a special treat, pop in over the weekend for live, traditional Serbian music played by local Chicago bands. Musicians play every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, beginning at 9 p.m. Take a seat at the bar, or head to the raised level in the back with simple tables and chairs to get an even better view.
Centerstage Reviewer: Genevra Gallo