It may be best known as the closest stop to the famed "Viagra Triangle," but the Clark and Division stop offers access to much more than just old men using their business expense accounts on shots for the local ladies; at least, we think it does. Letís take a look:
Best of the nightlife
It may not be pretty, but this place really can boast a good time for those looking to dance, dance, dance 'til dawn (and drink 'til then, too). The decor is minimal and the bar is standard (think beer), but it'll bring you right back to your college-frat-party days, whether or not you necessarily want to go. You can't blame the place for trying, though; it makes no pretensions about what it is and just rolls with the punches (and gyrations on the dance floor).
Good for groups
Elm Street Liquors
Contrary to its name, Elm Street Liquors is not your neighborhood package store, though like that sketchy spot you buy a six-pack from, it does have a few dive-y qualities. But, hey, we're in the Gold Coast, where it's only fitting that a nondescript exterior belies a bar that's plenty upscale.
Ashkenaz can cure your cravings in a New-York-style minute, but you better come hungry. In the morning, stop in for bagels and lox or a creamy cheese blintz. In the afternoon, grab a Reuben sandwich and three of your friends to share it with; these suckers arenít for the faint of appetite. Other must-haves include Matzo ball soup, chopped herring, homemade potato pancakes and rugalah (filled Jewish pastries). How do you say "Yum" in Yiddish?
Where to chill
Tickled with plenty of televisions, Saluki makes a great hangout for downing a few beers and taking in a game, but be sure to check out the bar menu. While some of the steak options can get a little rough on the wallet, the average price of entrees stays in the $8-$15 range. The best part? Food is served all the way up until closing time.
Underground Wonder Bar
There's no room for shyness in this subterranean, corridor-shape bar and music club, where guests weave through the center of the band to reach the restroom in back. Should you and your friend or lover prefer a candlelit table for two, arrive before the music starts. Otherwise, you'll find yourself squeezed between two rows of bar stools, soaking up the red light and squirming for a view of whoever's performing. Many nights, it's owner Lonie Walker and her Big Bad Ass Company Band strutting to the blues.
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