Subway: Red to Chicago(773) 276-1411 darkroombar.com41.895964 -87.682478 2210 W Chicago Ave (at Leavitt St) Ukrainian Village, Chicago
Sun, Thu, Fri 9pm–2am; Sat 9pm–3amAverage cocktail: $7
This spacious, unpretentious Ukrainian Village nightspot has gradually upgraded sound and stage features, enabling it to turn from rock bar to DJ den in a flash. The photography-themed decor extends to displays of local photographers’ prints. DJ nights for reggae, hip-hop and house predominate, but rock, indie and electro nights are frequent. Somehow, it’s never gotten overly hip, which might be because it needs a headcount of 100 before it starts to get cozy.