Broome Street Bar

Patrons experience a menu of local and international draft beers, plus homemade chili, sandwiches and salads. L & D (daily). $

Butter & Scotch

Indulgers in booze and baked goods rejoice in unison as the two sins are served up together at this coyly named enclave by Keavy Landreth and Allison Kave. Part cocktail bar and part sweet shop, one can anticipate savoring a drunken dessert (negroni pie, with gin-and-campari custard and sweet vermouth whipped cream) with a stiff glass of the real thing. M-Th 5:00 pm-midnight, F 5:00 pm-2:00 am, Sa 10:00 am-2:00 am, Su 10:00 am-midnight. Brunch (Sa & Su). $$

Café Carlyle

Since opening in 1955, the intimate Upper East Side cabaret has set the standard for sophisticated entertainment in an elegant setting. A Who’s Who of entertainers have spun their magic here, including such legends as Bobby Short, Elaine Stritch, Eartha Kitt and Hildegarde.

Today’s lineup continues the tradition and can run the gamut from Broadway baby Sutton Foster to folk superstar Judy Collins. Screenwriter/director Woody Allen takes a holiday from his day job and plays jazz clarinet on most Monday nights in the fall, winter and spring.

Cafe Wha?

Bands grace the stage every night at this onetime hangout of Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. 

Every Tu at 9:15 pm: Funk Night

Every W-Su at 9 pm: The Cafe Wha? Band

Cover charges vary

Candle Bar

(Gay) A friendly neighborhood spot features drink specials, dim lighting and billiards. Mon-Fri 4 p.m.-4 a.m., Sat & Sun 3 p.m.-4 a.m.

Cantina Rooftop

A spectacular skyline view can be seen outside the climate-controlled glass walls of the Cantina Rooftop, with doors available for guests to step out to enjoy a photograph, a cocktail or a smoke. Comfortable, colorful couches are designed for large groups, while intimate tables are available for a full dinner experience. Housemade margaritas and sangrias complement a list of less conventional cocktails, including the Pachanga (Ketel One vodka, rosemary-infused cranberry juice, aperol, citrus, soda water). M-Sa 5 pm-11pm. 

Carolines on Broadway

Performances by some of the nation’s hottest headliners and up-and-coming comics.

Casa Mezcal

Mezcal is the liquor of choice at this three-story celebration of the Mexican city and state of Oaxaca, complete with folk art, a gallery, movie screen, performance space and fried grasshopper munchies. Tues-Thurs, Sun noon-2 a.m., Fri-Sat noon-4 a.m.


Local bands jam in the backroom, performers from surrounding theaters gather to unwind after taking the stage, and the kitchen stays open 'til late, at this industry gather-spot and comfortable watering hole in the heart of the Theater District.

Chicago City Limits

Masters of improvisation take suggestions from the audience for an evening of interactive sketch comedy.



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