Formerly: Fans of the old Crobar will be impressed at how much things have changed since the club's massive renovation. An open passage, leading visitors to a long, oddly-shaped bar, eventually finds its way to the main dance floor. It's become a shrine to dancing, with an open floor surrounded by sleek chrome and glass banisters and a DJ booth that rises up like an altar. The upper floor, with balconies perfect for gazing upon a shifting dance floor below, also contains the Rock Bar, decorated with stones trapped in the wall. The club’s different bars serve up a range of drinks, from low-end Budweiser bottles at $5 to champagne like Veuve Clicquot and Louis Roederer. Cocktails, martinis and most everything else in-between can also be found here. If you're looking to be seen, you can go on display with the other VIPs in the glass-encased Suite.
Crobar attracts the true party people, just like it always has. This club is just a stage for many eclectic characters to act. From high-rollers sipping decadent martinis to shirtless guys pounding the dance floor, it's energetic, excited and dressed to impress. Eye candy abounds, as many guests are looking for a night of hedonism and hard house music. Step it up a notch, since this club has transformed from industrial grit to high fashion glitz. Club fashions in their most extreme will be on display.
With the legendary DJ Teri Bristol continuing her Saturday night residency, Crobar still gives patrons an aggressive, adrenaline-tinged night on the dance floor. However, instead of the disorienting manic parties of the past, this new incarnation has an open layout and an attentive staff that wants everyone to feel like a VIP.
Since it's only open on weekends, every night at Crobar offers a party. Saturday nights belong to Teri Bristol and her pounding mix of floor-filling techno. The gay crowd represents on "Anthem Sundays" with DJ David Knapp. Fridays occasionally feature top-notch talent from around the world, like Pete Tong. Crobar seems to have distilled some of the attitude and atmosphere of its other locations, New York and Miami, and combined it with Chicago’s house music heritage. If it can get your heat beating and feet shuffling, you’ll find it here. Emphasis, however, is placed on exuberant house and driving techno. Crobar may have shed its messy, youthful exuberance for a more mature look, but it didn’t lose any of its intensity in the exchange.
Centerstage Reviewer: Patrick Sisson