Trip to the middle school lunch room.
If you aren't sitting at the ""cool table"", you'd better forget about it. Apparently if you're not a regular, you're not welcome. I live in the downtown area, and this past weekend my boyfriend and I were out looking for the pub -style atmospheres to enjoy good conversation and a warming environment. We noticed Pippin's Tavern, which I've passed several times, meaning to stop by and check out their beer selection. So, we decided to stop in and check it out on Friday. The door men had wonderful, welcoming personalities, but besides them and the interior design of the place, the rest of the evening was disappointing.
We were basically discriminated against for not being ""cool"" enough to enjoy the place by pretty much all the employees except the door guys. One guy, I'm not sure if he was a busboy of some type or a patron, but he was hanging out with the waitresses all night and made unprovoked, offensive comments toward us that were overlooked by the waitresses and bartenders. We still aren't even sure what the guy's deal was, but aren't losing sleep over it either.
The most unimpressive part about that situation was the fact that the bartenders condoned his behavior by ignoring us the rest of the night and never giving us a second round of beers, even though we were sitting directly in front of them at the bar.
Overall, quite honestly, it was the worst bar I have been to in Chicago, but could have been one of my favorites if they were to hire less ""clique-y"" or more open-minded and accepting bartenders.