Subway: Green, Pink to Ashland(312) 226-6300 cobralounge.com41.886242 -87.666811 235 N Ashland Ave (at W Fulton St) West Loop, Chicago
Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 5pm–3am (closed Sun)Average cocktail: $5.50
The West Loop joint polishes and packs all the clichés of the Sunset Strip—tight Ed Hardy tees, tramp stamps, leather, snakes, neck ink—into two cozy, over-designed rooms. Accordingly, the rare bookings bring in skuzzy rock and metal. A wide-range of fist-pumping classics fill the jukebox, but how tough is a joint that serves panko crusted appetizers and caprese salads?