Seen on the Scene at Proof (1045 N. Rush St.) on Friday, September 17, 2010.…
If your idea of the perfect bachelorette bash starts with a festive dinner and ends with clinking glasses and a turn on the dance floor, look no further. These good-for-group restaurants and bumpin’ bars are separated by just a short walk or cab ride—or in some cases, just a flight of stairs.
Classy & clubby
First: Reserve the communal chef’s table at the recently revamped Pump Room (1301 N. State Parkway. 312-787-3700), where your group can bask in the glow of the dozens upon dozens of glowing orbs hanging from the ceiling.
Next: Turn it up a notch at two-floor club Proof (pictured) (1045 N. Rush St. 312-646-6000), where a bachelorette party package will buy you express entry, VIP table seating and champagne cocktails ($20 per person).
More options: Start with a hearty meal at BLT American Brasserie (500 W. Superior St. 312-948-8744) and then hop a cab to Goose Island club Hearts (1115 N. North Branch St. 312-915-0734), or indulge in sushi and steak at Roka Akor (456 N. Clark St. 312-477-7652) before hitting The Underground (56 W. Illinois St. 312-644-7600).
First: The oversized booths at Tavernita (151 W. Erie St. 312-274-1111) in River North are just right for a girls’ night out, as are the impressive array of draft cocktails and drool-worthy shareable plates such as hamachi crudo, pork belly bocadillos and ham croquettes.
Next: Walk two blocks west to late-night club Board Room Boutique Nightclub (343 W. Erie St. 312-972-9882), where you can spoil the bride with a bottle of bubbly and the chance to table dance until last call, which is 5 a.m. on Saturdays.
More options: Try dinner at Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave. 312-765-0524) and cocktails at open-air bar Roof (201 N. State St. 312-239-9501), or sherry and shared plates at Vera (1023 W. Lake St. 312-243-9770) and dancing at Lumen (839 W. Fulton Market 312-733-2222).
First: Meet at Zapatista (1307 S. Wabash Ave. 312-435-1307) in the South Loop for all the guacamole, fajitas and margaritas you’ll need to get the night started on a spicy note.
Next: Hop a cab to The Shrine (2109 S. Wabash Ave. 312-753-5700), where VIP suites raised above the dance floor give you prime people-watching views.
More options: Book a bachelorette package at Dos Diablos (15 W. Hubbard St. 312-245-5252) or feast at Cantina Laredo (508 N. State St. 312-955-0014) before letting loose at Crescendo (222 W. Ontario St. 312-787-6060).
Taste of Paris
First: Reserve a table in the dining room at Paris Club (59 W. Hubbard St. 312-595-0800) in River North and fill up on fun French snacks such as French onion fondue, steak tartare and charcuterie.
Next: Head upstairs to Studio Paris, a clubby salon of a space with a roof that retracts when the weather’s warm. Make a table reservation (bottle minimums apply) for guaranteed admission.
More options: Graze French bites at Maude’s Liquor Bar (840 W. Randolph St. 312-243-9712) followed by dancing at 8 Fifty 8 (858 W. Lake St. 312-455-2776), or start with dinner at Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash Ave. 312-944-8400) before heading to Enclave (220 W. Chicago Ave. 312-654-0234).