We all know the Seinfeld term "two-face" applies to people, but, as State shows, it can also describe a bar. Close to Lincoln Park staples like Kelly's Pub
and McGee's Tavern
, State offers visitors a nice meal and drink option during the day and a bumping, club-like atmosphere at night.
As you enter State, you cannot help but notice the TVs. There are more TVs here than the average Best Buy, and they cover almost every available surface. The large, airy space features a handful of pillars, dozens of tables and plush booths that line the walls. The decor has an industrial feel but the interior is still elegant and classic. During the day, it's a solid choice for lunch or dinner, as the big menu includes traditional American fare. You'll find DePaul students, Lincoln Park regulars and a family here and there. But at night and on weekends, the scene changes drastically, as broskis and saucy ladies come dressed to the nines.
Come to State on Wednesdays to take advantage of its most appealing and most popular deal: half-price food with a beverage purchase, and half-price bottles of wine. As the appetizers typically go for about 10-12 bucks and entrees run you about $16, this deal cannot be missed. Even though the dishes are a little pricey, the presentation and quality ingredients make them worth the dough. The service can be on the slow side, but the place is rarely empty, so it's forgivable. State has an extensive martini and cocktail list, too.
Check out trivia here on Tuesday nights, when hundreds of dollars in prizes are handed out, as well as $10 pitchers of domestics and $15 pitchers of imports (be sure to make a reservation, as tables fill up quickly with hardcore teams).
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: John Kristoff