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View Map2512 N. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 296-9700
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Editorial Review of Goodbar

Goodbar's sign implies that you're about to enter an intimate and quaint Irish pub. Intimate it may be (thanks to candle-topped tables and cushy red booths), but once the music hit, you'll quickly realize that this ain't no Guinness-pouring pub. The front part of the bar (where the walls look like red blood cells) features hints and dabs of Warhol-influenced artwork, though things get trippier with the "aqua lounge," one of two upstairs lounge areas. An outdoor beer garden provides another choose-your-own-adventure environment.

The food is a smidge more eclectic than your typical bar; the veggie-quesadilla and Marsala chicken, made with honest-to-goodness vino, are standouts. Like most other bars of similar ilk, Goodbar has daily specials. If you're willing to spend a few more bucks, Goodbar also offers fancy martinis like a Coffeecake version (with Stoli Vanilla, Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua and Goldschlager) and the Willy Wonka (with Stoli Vanilla, Godiva white and dark chocolate liqueurs). There's never a cover, and private party packages can turn your friends into tipplers at $20-$40 a head for three hours of drinking. All in all, Goodbar lives up to its name.

Centerstage Reviewer: Jon Graef

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7 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday; 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 6 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; closed Sunday-Tuesday

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