Bachelorette party ideas: Hot bars and restaurants

Plan a Spanish-inspired soiree, classy club night and more bachelorette party ideas

  • Seen on the Scene at Proof (1045 N. Rush St.) on Friday, September 17, 2010. Chuan D. Vo photos for Metromix.
Seen on the Scene at Proof (1045 N. Rush St.) on Friday, September 17, 2010.…
February 27, 2012|By RedEye staff

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).

Spanish-inspired soiree
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).

Mexican fiesta
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).

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