Elm Street Liquor

★★★★☆
  • 12 W Elm St

    Chicago, IL 60610

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  • 312-337-3200

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Upscale, yet cozy- neighborhood bar with a chic decor and friendly service. It's small enough not to feel like you're in a club and big enough not to be cramped. Reminds me of a New York bar- good drinks, good service.

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★★★★☆

Upscale, yet cozy- neighborhood bar with a chic decor and friendly service. It's small enough not to feel like you're in a club and big enough not to be cramped. Reminds me of a New York bar- good drinks, good service.

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I have one thing say: 40s and martinis..... together in one place??? Amazing.

Went there on Thursday for "Beauty Bar" with my friends, drank martinis while getting my manicure. Although my nails are slightly chipping, I would do it again any week. Great for a low key girls' night which turned into a dance party around 11:00.

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★★★★★

I have one thing say: 40s and martinis..... together in one place??? Amazing.

Went there on Thursday for "Beauty Bar" with my friends, drank martinis while getting my manicure. Although my nails are slightly chipping, I would do it again any week. Great for a low key girls' night which turned into a dance party around 11:00.

Pros: Service, good looking staff

Cons: Crowded late night

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First the good: Great atmosphere with cool people (but not so cool as to make me feel uncool!) and OK priced drinks. We had a really great server who took care of us all night. The music was loud, but you could still have a conversation. We had a lot of fun to say the least.

But my problem with the place was that they required you to check your coat- and it cost $3. Not a big deal in and of itself, but they wouldn't give you your coat back if you wanted to go outside to smoke a cigarette. This wouldn't have been a problem before the smoking ban, or if the weather outside was nice (It was 14 degrees when we were there). I was not the only one who had a problem with this- At any given time throughout the night there were at least 4 disgruntled and very cold men and women (esp. women in their skimpy going out attire) who were pretty upset about it. I would definitely go back, but only if the weather was warm enough outside.

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★★★☆☆

First the good: Great atmosphere with cool people (but not so cool as to make me feel uncool!) and OK priced drinks. We had a really great server who took care of us all night. The music was loud, but you could still have a conversation. We had a lot of fun to say the least.

But my problem with the place was that they required you to check your coat- and it cost $3. Not a big deal in and of itself, but they wouldn't give you your coat back if you wanted to go outside to smoke a cigarette. This wouldn't have been a problem before the smoking ban, or if the weather outside was nice (It was 14 degrees when we were there). I was not the only one who had a problem with this- At any given time throughout the night there were at least 4 disgruntled and very cold men and women (esp. women in their skimpy going out attire) who were pretty upset about it. I would definitely go back, but only if the weather was warm enough outside.

Pros: Cool scene, DJ

Cons: Ridiculous coat check policy unfriendly to smokers

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Both the bouncers and the owner of this hole in the wall are incredibly and unnecessarily pretentious and rude.

I was waiting in line this weekend with possibly 3 glasses of wine under my belt, standing around chatting with friends. I was immediately approached by a bouncer who told me to "turn around and face front". I proceeded to say that I was just talking with friends as he continued to act like a prison guard. He proceeded to threaten me by saying that he wouldnt let me in the bar, and I asked him why he was being so rude to me when all I was doing was talking with friends.

To make a much longer and incredibly frustrating story shorter, I was roughly pulled out of line. I asked to speak with the owner who basically laughed in my face, told me I was too emotional, and that I should leave. Being a frequent patron of both Empire liquors and Victory liquors, I am extremely disgusted by this incident and will never choose to go here again.

If you're looking to be treated rudely and unfairly, and then standing in a box for a few hours, then by all means choose elm street.

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★☆☆☆☆

Both the bouncers and the owner of this hole in the wall are incredibly and unnecessarily pretentious and rude.

I was waiting in line this weekend with possibly 3 glasses of wine under my belt, standing around chatting with friends. I was immediately approached by a bouncer who told me to "turn around and face front". I proceeded to say that I was just talking with friends as he continued to act like a prison guard. He proceeded to threaten me by saying that he wouldnt let me in the bar, and I asked him why he was being so rude to me when all I was doing was talking with friends.

To make a much longer and incredibly frustrating story shorter, I was roughly pulled out of line. I asked to speak with the owner who basically laughed in my face, told me I was too emotional, and that I should leave. Being a frequent patron of both Empire liquors and Victory liquors, I am extremely disgusted by this incident and will never choose to go here again.

If you're looking to be treated rudely and unfairly, and then standing in a box for a few hours, then by all means choose elm street.

Cons: rude and pretentious

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the staff here are all cool and work hard to get your drinks. but get in the door early, his place gets crowded quick on the weekends. decent beats throughout, and it's always fun to look up at the plasma TVs and see anchorman, swingers, or scarface instead of the news.

casual or dressy - you'll get a mix. definately fine clientele, but some cats prefer the 40oz. mickey's too.

2
★★★★☆

the staff here are all cool and work hard to get your drinks. but get in the door early, his place gets crowded quick on the weekends. decent beats throughout, and it's always fun to look up at the plasma TVs and see anchorman, swingers, or scarface instead of the news.

casual or dressy - you'll get a mix. definately fine clientele, but some cats prefer the 40oz. mickey's too.

Pros: attractive clientele, good service, good music, big selection, no cover

Cons: crowded and hot once the party starts jumping

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I've been here on slow nights and on nights where the bar is packed and regardless, the bartenders are always friendly and know what they are doing. Cute guys and good music playing...definitely stop by this place.

2
★★★★★

I've been here on slow nights and on nights where the bar is packed and regardless, the bartenders are always friendly and know what they are doing. Cute guys and good music playing...definitely stop by this place.

Pros: people, music, drinks

Cons: to small

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I went here for the first time last Friday night. We got there a bit early, but glad we did, because it filled up fast. It was crowded, but well managed. We sat at a table in the back and had great service from the waitresses all night long. The servers weren't pushy, but made sure we had everything we needed. The bartenders were all attentive and very good looking, might I add. The clientele was unpretentious and fun. And the music was fun to dance to on the impromptu dance floor I'll definitely be going back for more.

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★★★★★

I went here for the first time last Friday night. We got there a bit early, but glad we did, because it filled up fast. It was crowded, but well managed. We sat at a table in the back and had great service from the waitresses all night long. The servers weren't pushy, but made sure we had everything we needed. The bartenders were all attentive and very good looking, might I add. The clientele was unpretentious and fun. And the music was fun to dance to on the impromptu dance floor I'll definitely be going back for more.

Pros: Ambience, service, music

Cons: Keep tabs on your tab

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Major pick up scenes without the rift raft. If you have a John Deere mesh cap or a tattoo on your ass, don't bother. This place is not your cup of tea.

2
★★★★☆

Major pick up scenes without the rift raft. If you have a John Deere mesh cap or a tattoo on your ass, don't bother. This place is not your cup of tea.

Pros: Sublime Hip, Subdue Cool, Understated Wealth

Cons: No Parking, No Parking, No Parking

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This bar is fun yet personal. Grab a seat at the bar and you will be treated great all night. The bartenders are very friendly and are readily available. Another plus...no cover! I think this bar is a great way to spend a night out!

2
★★★★★

This bar is fun yet personal. Grab a seat at the bar and you will be treated great all night. The bartenders are very friendly and are readily available. Another plus...no cover! I think this bar is a great way to spend a night out!

Pros: Friendly Staff, No Cover, Very Cozy

Cons: Can Think of Any

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Loved the music, crowd, and hot staff (especially Matt)! The bar is a great addition to the Gold Coast area. A good change from the typical bar options in the Gold Coast of dive bars and clubs. I will be back.

2
★★★★★

Loved the music, crowd, and hot staff (especially Matt)! The bar is a great addition to the Gold Coast area. A good change from the typical bar options in the Gold Coast of dive bars and clubs. I will be back.

Pros: Fun Staff, Music, Crowd

Cons: Crowded

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Elm street has emerged the most unique and hip spot to hang out in the Gold Coast. Amongst the usual spots and typical rush and division crowd you will find a bar-lounge that is one of a kind. The Moon roof ceiling, comfy Leather chairs, Plasma TVs and blue lighting makes for one of the hottest spot to party. The crowd is very beautiful (especially the females) and the staff makes you feel at home. The music is the best you will hear within a six block radius of the rush and division area. Resident DJ's Nigel O'Reilly spins the best house music available while DJ Groove closes the night out with the hottest and latest hip hop, reggae and R&B. If you watn good music, unique environment, beautiful people and not your typical division street crowd, Elm Street liquors. Rating 4 Shot Glass out of a possible 4

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★★★★★

Elm street has emerged the most unique and hip spot to hang out in the Gold Coast. Amongst the usual spots and typical rush and division crowd you will find a bar-lounge that is one of a kind. The Moon roof ceiling, comfy Leather chairs, Plasma TVs and blue lighting makes for one of the hottest spot to party. The crowd is very beautiful (especially the females) and the staff makes you feel at home. The music is the best you will hear within a six block radius of the rush and division area. Resident DJ's Nigel O'Reilly spins the best house music available while DJ Groove closes the night out with the hottest and latest hip hop, reggae and R&B. If you watn good music, unique environment, beautiful people and not your typical division street crowd, Elm Street liquors. Rating 4 Shot Glass out of a possible 4

Pros: Good Music, Beautiful Crowd, Free entrance

Cons: Smetimes Crowded

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Maybe I caught it on a bad night, but this place is a snooze button waiting to happen. Just a few people there, bartender could care less. I won't make a special trip back again, that's for sure.

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★★☆☆☆

Maybe I caught it on a bad night, but this place is a snooze button waiting to happen. Just a few people there, bartender could care less. I won't make a special trip back again, that's for sure.

Pros: mellow vibe, good music

Cons: boring, rude bartender

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With all the over pretentious spots in Chicago that tout a hot spot with bad customer service, Elm Street knocks them all down. Friendly staff, excellent drinks, good musix to sing and groove to, a warm and inviting atmosphere that has a good looking crowd. One of my fave pics. Why I go elsewhere is beyond me.

2
★★★★★

With all the over pretentious spots in Chicago that tout a hot spot with bad customer service, Elm Street knocks them all down. Friendly staff, excellent drinks, good musix to sing and groove to, a warm and inviting atmosphere that has a good looking crowd. One of my fave pics. Why I go elsewhere is beyond me.

Pros: Friendly staff, Bartenders that can

Cons: Touristy area

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ESL is a great destination any night of the week. The staff is down-to-earth and fun and the music never disappoints. Be sure to check out Wednesday nights for $2 PBR and PBR Light Cans and impromptu open mike sessions from the staff. FYI: Don't be surprised if your PBR is comped...the rep likes to stop in and reward PBR drinkers with a few cans on her tab. On the weekends, I recommend heading out early to snag a seat at the bar.

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★★★★★

ESL is a great destination any night of the week. The staff is down-to-earth and fun and the music never disappoints. Be sure to check out Wednesday nights for $2 PBR and PBR Light Cans and impromptu open mike sessions from the staff. FYI: Don't be surprised if your PBR is comped...the rep likes to stop in and reward PBR drinkers with a few cans on her tab. On the weekends, I recommend heading out early to snag a seat at the bar.

Pros: $2 PBR Wed., Great Music, Friendly Staff

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HANG AROUND ELM STREET FOR A FEW HOURS & YOU'LL SEE WHY IT'S THE HOT SPOT.
WHETHER YOUR IMPRESSED BY LOCAL SPORTS STARS & CELEBRITIES OR THE CAST OF A MOVIE BEING SHOT IN TOWN, IT'S STILL VERY DOWN TO EARTH...IT NEVER LETS YOU DOWN.

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★★★★★

HANG AROUND ELM STREET FOR A FEW HOURS & YOU'LL SEE WHY IT'S THE HOT SPOT.
WHETHER YOUR IMPRESSED BY LOCAL SPORTS STARS & CELEBRITIES OR THE CAST OF A MOVIE BEING SHOT IN TOWN, IT'S STILL VERY DOWN TO EARTH...IT NEVER LETS YOU DOWN.

Pros: STYLISH, HIP, LAID BACK

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Place is cool as hell...when did it open? I live in the Gold Coast (Oak and Rush) and all of a sudden it just popped up. Friends dragged me there and had a great time. Go before it gets too hot...trust me, it will.

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★★★★★

Place is cool as hell...when did it open? I live in the Gold Coast (Oak and Rush) and all of a sudden it just popped up. Friends dragged me there and had a great time. Go before it gets too hot...trust me, it will.

Pros: gorgeous design, unpretentious, very New York

Cons: , hotspot

 

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