Cobra Lounge

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Cobra Lounge

The West Loop joint polishes and packs all the clichés of the Sunset Strip—tight Ed Hardy tees, tramp stamps, leather, snakes, neck ink—into two cozy, over-designed rooms. Accordingly, the bookings bring in skuzzy rock and metal. More and more, DJs have become the club's bread and butter, with nights dedicated to burlesque electro (Zombies vs. Skeletons on Wednesdays) and oldies (Dusty Grooves on Thursdays). A wide-range of fist-pumping classics fills the jukebox, but how tough is a joint that serves caprese salads?

Venue name: Cobra Lounge
Address: 235 N Ashland Ave

Cross street: at W Fulton St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 5pm–3am (closed Sun)
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Ashland. Bus: 9, 20, 65.
Price: Average cocktail: $5.50
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