Explore Champaign-Urbana in Summer
Enjoy a sophisticated nightcap at Boltini Lounge. DJs spin funk music, and vintage velvet curtains add nightclub flair to the historic building's tall windows. A dazzling selection of obscure spirits lines the shelves. Choose from a list of nearly 100 martinis, or try a fresh signature cocktail like the Strawberry-Basil Mojito. And this cocktail club serves dishes far removed from traditional bar eats; a healthful Liar's Club sandwich includes rare ahi tuna, avocado and sriracha aioli on tomato focaccia. See Midwest Living's review.
Of course, it might feel more appropriate to wrap up a college-town weekend with a frosty beer. The Blind Pig offers two locations, one for a wide selection of beers, one for microbrews. On warm summer nights, pick the big beer garden at The Blind Pig Brewery, which has a bar dating to the 1800s. Four of the 14 taps stock seasonal house brews like the fruity Blue-berry Wheat. And this time around, you'll be thrilled when the bartender cards you. See Midwest Living's review.
Pictured: Boltini's classic exterior hides a funky interior.