Subway: Blue to Harlem (O'Hare)(773) 594-974241.976615 -87.806906 5241 N Harlem Ave (between Berwyn and Farragut Aves) Northwest Side, Chicago
Sun–Sat 2pm–2amAverage cocktail: $6
Just south of the Harlem Blue Line station, this black-windowed storefront houses a surprisingly sleek Bulgarian nightspot. Blood-red walls, plush black sofas and silver banquettes create a vibe worthy of the bar’s name, while the stylishly dressed young women kibbitz in Bulgarian over throbbing Eurodisco. The kitchen fuels the party with a mix of Mediterranean and Slavic influences, while a spiky-haired bartender juggles bottles and glasses à la Tom Cruise in Cocktail.