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.
The Library at Gilt Bar
|Venue name:||The Library at Gilt Bar||Contact:|
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|