6-5-08 Five Stars * * * * * TOTALLY COOL - THE PLACE IN CHICAGO IF THIS IS YOUR GAME: (If your in town and this looks like your style, just go and stop looking, your not going to regret this one, honest!). NOTE: The Crowbar address above is the main office, go to the club located on Kingbury just south of Weed Street just 1 1/4 blocks South of North Ave. in the party district. Any cabbie will know the area and its safe in the immediate area. If you are a traveler to our fine City, honest - just cab it both ways - plenty of cabs all about. Typically doors open at 10pm Friday and Saturday and check the web site crobar.com for current events. This is one of a hand full of 4am bars left in Chicago, so get your disco nap in. This is a great place to be impressed in what an upscale fun dance club can be. I travel allot and have been in many dance clubs and where most clubs lack in character and quality, Crobar just outclasses most others at several levels. The music is a funky house with good feel beat with a different twist - quite dancable. No childish hip hop. Good resident DJ's. There is a wide terrace/DJ level and additional seating table service areas surrounding the dance floor from the second level. The dance floor is open to the roof some 30 feet high, so you NEVER feel compressed by claustrophobic low ceilings. The lighting and sound system is totally first class and is a major attraction to international DJ's that tour through about once a month. The bar serves all classes of drinks and table service is professionally a quality experience. This is a place you can drink beer, cocktails, champaign, martinis and appeals to cool people ranging from 21 to 45 or so. There is also a private room they have a DJ for private parties that's got a touch of class. You can dress "as you like", it has that Chicago "three drops of sleazy for fun" appeal and "two drops of class" and "11 drops of just a fun experience". Crobar also has one of the few nitrogen drops in the City - a few times a night, when the music and the crowd mix feels like it hits the top - they blast this physically cool and totally emotionally cool triple cloud of harmless nitrogen down from 20 feet that is something you will remember forever! Expect to pay a cover charge at the door from $10 to $20 (special events $ check web site) and a call brand drink like 7&7 will be $10. The bar tenders take plastic too and can run a tab for you or your table. You are paying for the quality of the facility. I also find Crobar far cleaner, more comfortable and well maintained than most clubs, so its about "the total experience" and it is a place people stay once there. Its all together big and fun and decorating themes change regularly. Like all dance clubs with excellent sound systems, if you are over 30 or just real smart and have balls enough not to embarrassed, bring ear plugs. The professional attendants in the bathrooms have ear plugs, cologne, etc. Out of all the dance clubs in Chicago, it’s a great experience and probably in the top few if not the best depending on your own niche interests and tastes of music. I know people who travel back to Chicago and just won't miss it for the world. If I ever move from Chicago, it will be one of the characters of Chicago I will miss the most. I give it an honest 5 Stars ***** "JR Chicago" (if this is your cup of tea in music and style and venue $, just go, you really just won't regret it).
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Not having been to Giordano's in many years on Rush Street, I thought I'd play the game to get there on my visit in August 2009. Luckily, like you, I read a lot on the web about the restaurant in this day, parking, coupons and anything else I could find about "the experience." I found a site that has 3 useful coupons, one of which I used, when ordering my Giordano's pizza on Rush Street. (You may find the coupons here: http://www.hotcoupons.com/cgi-shl/cook/display?rn=2610144&mkt=US%28IL%28CHI%2814%29CSW%2800%29%29%29&fgs=1Abcdefghl&id=IO478B254072943&pid=HC&pfst=N) Here's how I played the game to get the experience, and this may help you too: I rode around on a Saturday afternoon near the restaurant until I found a park and pay spot right in front of Giordano's. My friend sat in the car and waited while I put our name on the list for dine in. I was advised it would be about 1 hour and 15 mins for two people. I took a menu out to the car, we decided on our meal, and 25 minutes later (as the restaurant staff advised), I went in to order our meal at the pre-order counter. You do not pay at this time, only order, and you have to wait 25 min to make the order. I then went back to the car and waited. I had not paid for parking yet, as there is a 2 hour parking limit. The pre-order was a smart move I learned from someone on another web site and it proved extremely helpful. If you put yourself on a waiting list for dine in and do not pre-order, you are certain to wait, on a busy day, 1 hour for your pizza after being seated. When our name was called (the announcements could be heard outside), my friend then paid 1 hour for our parking. We got seated and ordered beverages. I found it nice that if you were called and did not hear the first time, you'll be called again and you'll get a "last call" as a final measure to get you in. We gave the pre-order slip to the waitress and it actually took around 15 min to get the pizza, although we had pre-ordered it much earlier. So, even though you'd think the pizza should have been immediately ready after all of the wait and pre-order, it was not. But, 15 mins of waiting was not bad given that it would have been an hour without doing the pre-order. The waitress was not miss personality, but hey, we were more there for the food. The pizza, as expected, was delicious and hot! The coupon gave us a few dollars off which made it a decently priced meal for two. Thanks for reading my review.
4.25 Stars. This was our second visit picking up and bringing the pizza home. Nancy and I ordered the "Michael's Special" which is cheese, sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onion. An important point worthy of note is that it was as consistently good this time as it was last time. This being the case we felt a review appropriate. We ordered a medium (14 in?) thin crust and there was enough left for another person had one been present to join us. Everything was fresh and the pizza sauce was especially good with a characteristic signature of sweet properly proportioned. Though the title states Pizzeria before Tavern if you didn't know better you would mistake it for a sports bar, with a long bar and over 20 large screen television sets positioned all over the premises. For me to rate 4 stars - particularly with all the pizza places that abound in Chicago is unusual, if the drinks are as good as the pizza I can see myself hanging out here on the less than frequent occasions I have some free time.