A Suburban Mom's Guide to Clubbing in Chicago
Sing it Sistah! Redhead Piano Bar
In between sips of our martinis and conversations about guys we used to date, my girlfriend and I suddenly stop talking and croon along with the piano player. "Isn't she luhhh-vely? Isn't she won-derful?"
Our behavior isn't unusual at Redhead Piano Bar, a downtown fixture. If you go hoping to sing karaoke, you'll be disappointed. No on-stage patron singing is allowed. But customers are welcome to--and often do--sing along with the piano player and the professional singer, whose by-request repertoire includes John Denver tunes and the theme from Lost.
I could consider drinking a whole vat of the "Jimmy's Got a Pear" martinis, made with Grey Goose vodka, La Poire Disaronno and a splash of sweet and sour. I also love the bar's specialty drink, the Redhead, a sweet martini with orange vodka, Licor 43 and pineapple and cranberry juices.
Most weekends, expect lines and limited seating options. But good singers always stand up.
Place Redhead Piano Bar
Vibe Fun and classy. Dress code--no gym shoes, flip-flops or sweatshirts. No food.
Getting there 16 W. Ontario (312/640-1000). $15 valet; no cover.