The Library at Gilt Bar

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The Library at Gilt Bar
River North

Brendan Sodikoff has smartly replaced Curio, the underlit cocktail lounge that used to inhabit Gilt Bar’s basement, with this extension of the upstairs restaurant. Though still Sodikoff-trademark dim, the space has a warmer glow, and the cocktails (such as a thoroughly shaken whiskey sour and a beautiful Martinez) are first-rate. Best part: Now Gilt Bar’s full menu (including ideal snacks like a wedge of Delice de Bourgogne cheese served with apricot jam) is available to accompany them.

Venue name: The Library at Gilt Bar
Address: 230 W Kinzie St

Cross street: between Wells and Franklin Sts
Opening hours: Wed, Thu 6–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 6pm–12:30am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 65, 125, 156.
Price: Average cocktail: $12
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