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Joy District

Restaurants, Contemporary American River North
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Joy District
Photograph: Courtesy Joy District

Time Out says

Joy District, the latest project from 8 Hospitality, features New American cuisine and unique cocktails in a space with private enclosures, a roof top deck, and a late night lounge. The menu plays host to twists on staples like ostrich meatball ramen, fried chicken and champagne and potato gnocchi mac and cheese while the cocktail selection includes inventive takes such as whiskey apple cider and Illegal Joy, a mix of Illegal Mezcal, Cruzan Coconut, ginger liquer and pineapple. 



Address: 112 West Hubbard Street
Cross street: between North LaSalle Drive and North Clark Street
Transport: El: Brown, Purple to Merchandise Mart. Bus: 65.
Price: $30 and under
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 4pm-2am, Monday 12pm-2pm, 4pm-2am
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Users say (4)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Restaurant, club and rooftop lounge all in one place! You never know who you'll see there!


I was impressed with Joy District for a fun and classy birthday dinner! Recently remodeled from a former sports bar, the interior is beautiful with industrial brick walls, chandeliers, and plenty of art! We shared plates among a big group, highlights included the burrata with roasted tomatoes and garlic and the artichoke-stuffed whipped truffle ricotta tortellini. The fried Brie "lollipops" were lackluster, but the meat options may have been more complex and interesting. The rooftop knocks this review down a star - while the view was beautiful, the bouncers to get up in the elevator made sexist comments and felt more like we were going to a club in Miami. Also, the music upstairs abruptly cut off around 11 which seemed a little early for a weekend.


I came here on a Sunday evening for a drink. We walked to stairs so we could check out the entire place. The first level has dinner and cocktails. The cocktail menu doesn't seem that great, but the atmosphere is very nice. The second and third levels have tables that can be bought out on the weekends. I asked one of the bouncers and he said that there is different music on each floor on a Friday or Saturday night. The second floor was closed Sunday, but the top floor had a DJ playing deep house. I would definitely want to come here on a Friday or Saturday night to check it out.