Afro Fusion at The Shrine | Hook-up spots
Track down singles in the wild at these untamed parties.
The night starts out innocently enough—a smattering of couples and numerous posses, equally split between guys and gals, hang out while soulful, throwback hip-hop bumps from the house system. But when Nigerian DJ Dee Money settles into the booth around 11pm, the Shrine’s jam-packed Coup D’Etat Lounge erupts into a raging Afro-reggae party. There are no wallflowers to be found among this decidedly straight, African-American crowd; one glance in the right direction and you could find yourself coupled off for a grind straight out of a Lil Weezy video. Don’t be fooled, though: Getting down is one thing, but a man’s got to work a lot harder than that to get the digits, let alone the girl. Turn up the charm or these ladies will be on to the next one faster than you can say Jay-Z. 2109 S Wabash Ave (312-753-5700). Third Saturday of the month. $20. —Joshua P. Ferguson