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Singles looking for a classy spot love getting spiffed up in their slinkiest summer gear for a night here, where there’s always going to be plenty of green: on the outdoor patio and in their wallets. Pink martinis are de rigueur for the ladies, while the guys go for cocktails and the occasional Jäger shot to work up the nerve to chat up the hotties.


Venue name: Zella
Address: 1983 N Clybourn Ave
Cross street: at Racine Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 10:30am–3am; Sun 10:30am–2am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple to Armitage. Bus: 8, 73.
Price: Average cocktail: $7
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They aren't going to win any awards for their pedestrian food or cocktails, but boy is this a fun place to go party! Especially if you are looking to day drink. They have a bottomless brunch, which comes with unlimited shitty beer, mimosas, and bloodies, plus a brunch entree. I'd recommend indulging in this outdoors, since they have a beautiful beer garden that competes with the best in the city. Great place to come dance, dance, dance!


Zella's boozy brunches are great when that is exactly what you are seeking - an opportunity to eat and drink to your heart's content. The food is pretty good (especially for a flat fee buffet) and the variety of included drink options make this a good choice. The beer garden is great on warm days and adds much needed seating space. I recommend getting there early to make sure you get a spot - once people have a table they tend to not leave until brunch is over. Good for the 20s/30s crowd looking for a Sunday Funday. Bad for bringing parents or anyone not drinking heavily - I can only imagine how annoying this crowd can be after hours of bottomless drinks.