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Iggy's3
Here's to hoping third time's the charm. The original River West Iggy's became Juicy Wine Company; the second location in Wicker Park houses Chaise Lounge; and now the man behind the concept, Dion Antic, has consulted with owners on the newest incarnation located in the old Chicago Rib House address. The corner shack's quite fitting for the Iggy's vibe: red and black walls; photos of sock monkeys; cult film posters and big, glowing letters "SRO." The bar itself is fairly small, with only around a dozen tables for dining on familiar menu items like grilled calamari, artichoke-heart fritters and lemon-butter bowtie pasta. We like the back seating nook which is great for stealing kisses--and also spying on people making a trip to the W.C. Yep, you read that right: The treated glass window on the bathroom door shows people waiting outside a lot more than they bargained for, yet looking out from the inside it's only a fuzzy Coke-bottle effect. Note to owners: Better turn the glass around or put a curtain up.

Reggie's Music Joint
Get amped up at this recently opened trio of music-driven diversions from Robby Glick, the man behind popular Hoffman Estates indie music store Record Breakers, which closed in October of 2006. Now Glick's reopened Record Breakers in the city on the Near South Side, plus he's added Reggie's Rock Club (a live music venue with all-ages and 18-and-over shows), and Reggie's Music Joint (a 21-and-over live music-focused tavern). The three venues are housed in adjacent buildings on State Street. The grill menu lists choices like chicken fried chicken, mac and cheese, hot links, broiled chicken wings and specials like barbecued ribs (Glick bought the charcoal pit from the now-shuttered Houston's restaurant), plus there'll be "TV dinners" served up on old Army-issue cafeteria trays. Glick is keeping the music theme right down to the menu layout –he's using record sleeves as menu jackets.

Paramount Room
Jon Young (of Kitsch'n fame) along with his Volo chef-partner Stephen Dunne have just opened this upscale bar/restaurant/late night-dining spot in the former 4 Taste space in River West. "I don't want to paint a picture of it as a straight gastropub," say Young. "We don't want to pigeonhole ourselves." So what's a better way to describe it? "If you took Volo and put the emphasis on beer instead of wine," he says. The bar features high-end spirits, small-batch whiskeys, and special emphasis on Belgian ales. The menu offers traditional English pub fare with a gourmet makeover, plus internationally inflected entrees. There's also an extended app menu for late-night noshing (the kitchen will be open till 1 a.m.). The only problem? There isn't much seating for settling in with a plate of hearty food. But the decor and the bar's biker/rock chic crowd is cool. Check out the downstairs lounge with pool table and special bar--brings to mind the speakeasy that used to operate at this address way back when.

Rockwell Lounge
New owners plan to bring top-notch service and a carefree party atmosphere spread across two levels to the former Narcisse space. This just-opened River North cocktail lounge takes on a modern edge with rich textures, gem tones and lounge seating. DJs work a healthy dose of rock into their musical lineups--and keep your eyes peeled: A visiting musician might grace a booth near you or take to the small staging area for an intimate performance.

The Burlington
We haven't heard this one before: Two brothers recently opened "tomorrow's old-man bar today" in Logan Square. Why? Because, as one of the guys says, "Logan Square seems like a cool place to tell people you live, but really, besides three good restaurants there isn't sh*t to do. Until now." You gotta love a smartass. The corner tavern sports eight drafts featuring a mix of seasonal craft beers with dive bar staples PBR and Old Style, a bar top made of recycled barn wood, old church pews for seating and specialty cocktails otherwise known as shots of Maker's Mark. Nightly DJs keep the beats fresh and eclectic: Think everything from punk and funk to Brit and the little-known genre of "Pontoon Rock." If the brothers live up to all that's promised in their sarcastic, irreverent "press release"--and the dry humor we picked up on during a phone chat--then this spot might just be cool as hell.

Bon V
Randolph Street's Restaurant Row recently welcomed Bon V--a take on the French phrase for "good life." The ultra lounge, kitted out with chic chandeliers and other objects that represent the good life in various cultures, covers two floors of a 7,500-square-foot space. Cover charges are still being worked out--the lounge hasn't received its PPA license yet, which means entry is free until that license comes through.

The Boundary
They were keeping mum for months, but now we've got the deets: In September, the folks from Trace are aiming to open their new Wicker Park spot in between fellow new kids on the block Via Carducci La Sorella and Jerry's. The massive brick building, which used to house an auto body shop, is being converted into a splashy tavern and grill. Decor highlights include a barrel roof with exposed beams, brick and flagstone walls, plus oversized front windows that open onto a spacious sidewalk cafe (which hopefully will debut before the flurries fly). The floor plan favors comfy booth seating, but there's also a spacious bar and a couch-filled lounge area with a stone fireplace. Drinking distractions include a plethora of 50-inch plasmas and a menu of contemporary American fare with Latin, Asian and Italian influences (think choices like tuna steak and short ribs in addition to a lineup of gourmet burgers).

NV Penthouse Lounge
This soon-to-open lounge in the sky will be housed on the top floor of a funky, modern River North building. (Have you seen it? It's totally cool!) If you think you're green with envy (get it?) about your pal's penthouse pad, we bet it's got nothing on this 3,400-square-foot spot on the 8th floor. Soothe your jealousy with cocktails and DJ beats. Then step outside to the small terrace and soak up views of the city skyline when the spot opens this summer. Find out more about NV Penthouse Lounge as Karen Budell takes you BEHIND THE BAR (see video).

WestEnd Bar & Grill
A team with a stellar track record is behind this West Loop bar and restaurant, set to open in October. Four Corners Tavern Group (Kirkwood Bar & Grill, Schoolyard Tavern & Grill, Gaslight Bar & Grille, Brownstone Tavern & Grill and Sidebar Grille) knows what works; at this new outpost, they'll feature a similar menu in addition to a pizza kitchen. WestEnd will likely be the largest space for the group. Future plans include a sidewalk cafe, free valet parking and shuttle service to nearby United Center.

Wilde Pug
If Oscar Wilde were alive today, this is what his pub--slated to open by the end of 2007--would be like. At least that's what the owners, also behind neighboring gay sports bar Crew, say--and they just might be on to something. Picture the Irish author cozied up by the fireplace or playing a game of pool or darts. Hmm. Now stretch your imagination: Can you see him requesting his favorite club anthem from the VJ and shaking it on the 700-square-foot dance floor? We're not entirely convinced yet, but we do know we're curious to see how owners incorporate photos of the cuddly pups with portraits of the playwright, which is also part of the plan.

Wilde Bar & Restaurant
You thought that was a Wilde idea? Well, this Lakeview pub--set for a September opening--also draws inspiration from Oscar Wilde. This time, look for traditional Victorian bars (new, but made to look from the 1800s), stained-glass ceiling domes, a couple of fireplaces and a library-like area. Expect upscale versions of pub favorites like chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and fish and chips. While owner Martin Cournane says the spot will not set out to be a gay bar like the Pug, this pub will no doubt become a hotspot for the boys due to its location.

ONES TO WATCH
Coming (and going) soon …
Melvin B's is still closing, but imagine our surprise and excitement when we made a last visit (before the supposed Sept. 9 closing), only to have staffers tell us the the ever-popular "truck stop" bar and grill--and a Gold Coast staple since the '60s--is now closing Oct. 1!Grab one last summer drink on the prime patio before Melvin B's meets a wrecking ball to make way for a boutique hotel.

Subterranean night spot Le Passage, recently purchased by Three Headed Productions (Cans Bar and Canteen, Salud Tequila Lounge, EvilOlive and Junior's Sports Lounge), is currently undergoing an extensive remodel. The new owners plan to reopen the late-night lounge this fall, when they will unveil a new menu courtesy of consulting chef Shawn McClain (Spring, Green Zebra, Custom House). In addition to touting their new toque, Le Passage will sport a completely new look and concept--though the name will remain the same. However, the former Yow Bar, located in the back of the club, will soon become The Drawing Room at Le Passage. Click here to get more of the scoop in The Extrovert blog.

You heard it here first: The guys from hot spot Stone Lotus are opening this 5,500-square-foot upscale sports lounge in River North. The name and design details are still being hammered out, so stay tuned for more details.

Tiny Lounge, which closed its Addison address at the end of 2005 due to Brown Line construction, has likely found a new home in North Center. Owners are in the final stages of taking over the Charlie's on Leavitt address; if goes well, look for the bar to reopen later this year.

Brothers Cliff and Mitch Einhorn have sold the Lakeview location of their biker-themed whiskey bar so they could spend time focusing on the original Twisted Spoke. Look for updates to the menu and the space soon, and stay tuned to see what will move in to the Lakeview space.

Longtime Lincoln Park fave Bordo's has new owners. The guys behind River North's Latin night spot Club 720 just purchased the lounge, updated its look, and added flat-screen TVs and a new menu.

The nightlife vets behind Lincoln Park's Goodbar and recently opened Bucktown bar Cortland's Garage are behind Loft Six Ten, which is looking at a late summer/early fall opening after construction delays put it way behind schedule. The old Paje space is undergoing a major transformation: Look for more lounge-style seating and an upscale vibe, though the spot hopes to cater to everyone from nightcrawlers to neighborhood regulars.

Cincinnati-inspired chili parlor and lounge Cinners is slated to open in Lincoln Square. Expect a retro red and black Austin Powers-esque interior (think shiny, fuzzy and furry), plus a menu loaded with cinnamon-cocoapowder-allspice and Worcestershire-laced chili options (like the three-way with spaghetti and shredded Cheddar).

Crescendo came in with a bang and went out with a whisper. Read our Extrovert blog entry to find out what happened.

Have you spied a new bar in the works? Did your local watering hole suddenly close its doors? Send us the scoop.

Check out these recent openings:
Forno Diablo
You know what's hot as the devil's oven? This newly opened bar and grill with a menu planned around a wood-burning brick oven--we can practically taste the smoky mesquite and applewood already. Look for pizzas, seafood, steak and pastas, plus about 10 beers on draft, eight more by the bottle and around 40 wines from across the globe. Can't take the heat? Cool off on the patio of this prime Diversey Parkway location, which used to be home to the Ollie's Bar and Grill and the short-lived Scullys. With a team involving guys from Cobra Lounge and Moonshine, we're hoping it'll heat up and stick around for awhile.

The Orbit Room
The husband-and-wife owners of this Logan Square spot met at Neo, where he worked as a manager and she bartended. Now they run a funky, laid-back hang with above-average bar food, cocktails and beer, plus great tunes from indie to rockabilly. Locals looking for a corner tap to call their own just might be in luck.

The Franklin Tap
Unwind after a long day at the office at the Financial District's newest upscale sports bar, brought to you by the people behind after-work Loop spots Cactus Bar & Grill and The Martini Bar. Aged spirits, more than 20 bottled beers and a sweet nightly food deal (all items are 25-percent off after 7 p.m.) draw crowds. If conversation's not your thing, play Golden Tee, arcade bowling, bean bags or darts, or just kick back and watch the game on one of six 42-inch plasma TVs.

Climax Lounge
Hey, I'm going to Climax tonight ... are you coming? (Insert joke here.) Despite a groan-worthy name, this 6,250-square-foot lounge from the owner of Moda offers a blend of impressive Old World architectural pieces and contemporary design. Reds, tans and leopard print are accented by hardwood and concrete floors in addition to various types of stone. Four rooms feature three bars, one made from a section of an African bubinga tree. Other things to get you, um, excited include a live aerial performer, resident mix masters from DJ AM's crew, and large black-and-white images of a scantily clad, wet young woman frolicking with sexy men. Sparse lounge seating is available for table service, but there's plenty of open floor for dancing.

Reagle Beagle
Nick at Nite fans will have no trouble identifying the inspiration for the name of this afterwork spot. Though there will be a few throwback touches -- '70s and '80s music; late-night sing-alongs, and kitschy cocktails--the look is retro-inspired yet up-to-date. Look for lots of couches and lounge seating mixed in with counter seating. The menu features classic, shareable pub grub and cocktails boast fun names like the Love Boat Lemonade. And, yes, it really is Reagle, not Regal; owners just wanted to match the two words as closely as possible. Find out more about Reagle Beagle as Karen Budell takes you BEHIND THE BAR (see video).

Fat Cat
Cy Oldham of Silver Cloud and Howard Natinsky of Five Star have partnered to bring cocktails and comfort food with a twist to this strip of Broadway, which is quite the destination nowadays (Crew Bar + Grill, Green Mill, Marigold and the soon-to-open Wilde Pug--see below). The Uptown neighborhood bar and grill features classic decor with influences from the '30s and '40s, including a 40-foot Art Deco bar and wooden pillars throughout. Settle into plush gangster-style booths while scanning a collection of historical photos of the 'hood. Read our INSIDE look at Fat Cat for more details and photos.

Paddy Long's
Dublin natives took over the 73-year-old Lawry's Tavern space and opened this pub with a baby blue Georgian-style facade and red door. Named after one of the owner's sons (Paddy) and the family bar in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland (Tom Long's), Paddy Long's features traditional pub grub like burgers, fish and chips, salads and such, along with more than a dozen draft beers, including the standard Guinness, Stella and Smithwicks. Also, look for a variety of Belgian beers such as Lindemans Frambois and Delirium Tremens. TVs screen European sporting matches like football and rugby, and a jukebox loaded with the owner's faves is at hand to create your own soundtrack for the evening.

Marge's Still
This Old Town address has been home to a corner tavern since 1885 (it was allegedly a speakeasy during Prohibition), until the venerable Marge's Pub closed in 2001. When the late Marge Lednick ran the place, it had all the dingy charm befitting a 100-year-old tavern – a well-worn wooden bar, pub grub and no frills service. Since the folks behind Old Town Pub and Garrett Ripley's have taken over the address and re-christened it Marge's Still, you'll hardly recognize it. In fact, about the only thing left from the original pub is the front door (now used as the door to the basement). The resto-tavern now boasts oversized front windows, pressed tin ceilings, waiters with ties and a full menu ranging from house-smoked baby back ribs and rotisserie chicken to burgers and crab cake sliders. Owners plan to put the four flat screen TVs to good use this fall; they're launching weekend brunch just in time for football season.

The Violet Hour
Speakeasies have a sexy mystique about them--and that's exactly what we found at the newest cocktail lounge from Terry Alexander. There's no sign, and it's hard to find the entrance in the wood paneled exterior. (While that works in New York, only time will tell how long Chicagoans find that cool.) Once inside, we saw a framed note requesting bargoers to refrain from cell phone use. But the decor is what really struck us: cornflower-blue walls, white crown molding, crystal chandeliers and gorgeous hardwood floors give the space an elegant ballroom-like feel. Extremely high-backed blue leather chairs clustered around tiny white nightstands illuminated by candlelight add an Alice-in-Wonderland air. Now let's get serious: The classic cocktails (gimlet, Negroni, paloma) are superb. Bartenders make each with painstaking precision, using housemade simple syrups, bitters and twice-filtered ice cubes. We'll raise a glass to that. Read our INSIDE look at The Violet Hour for more details and photos.

Crimson Lounge
Old-fashioned portraits and oil paintings, rich fabrics, jeweled light fixtures and--what else?--splashes of crimson come together in an interior that also calls on your sense of smell: A signature scent was actually created for this night spot, which was formerly Kaz bar in the House of Blues Hotel before a $17 million dollar renovation of the property took place! Take a deep breath and inhale a hint of Sûhâ, a mix of spices such as coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, patchouli, chamomile, sandalwood and tonka bean. Nosh upscale, eclectic small plates while sipping specialty drinks, or gather your group for an intimate evening in one of four etched glass seating areas. Sexy staffers are outfitted with uniforms designed by local celebrity stylist and TK Men owner Linsday McKay. Find out more about Crimson Lounge as Karen Budell takes you BEHIND THE BAR (see video).

Martini Park
Martini Park--a cocktail lounge from the owners of New York's Marquee and Light, which is also at the Bellagio in Vegas--sports a slightly corporate feel thanks to the large logos outside. But, inside takes on a carefree party vibe that circulates around the three bars, one of which is directly in front of a stage for nightly live musical performances. A River North professional crowd and more mature bargoers (expect a crowd in its 30s and 40s) munch on comfort food small plates like filet mignon sliders and mac 'n' cheese sticks, and imbibe signature martinis like the Cucumber and Pop Star. The Park opens up prime patio seating on the bustling corner of Erie and LaSalle streets, and all of that has meant that there have been lines of people waiting to get in (or out) on the weekends.

English
This spot is from the Eat Well, Drink Better boys, the group behind neighborhood faves The Central, Union Park, Grand Central and Bar Celona. Look for a more mature, gastropub approach to this venture, designed to cater to a professional lunch crowd and River North locals. Set in a historic LaSalle Street building, English offers three levels for dining, drinking and lounging, including a third floor available for private parties. The building's art deco facade inspired the interior, which boasts terracotta and glass tiles, walnut flooring and cast iron bars and columns. But what gives? We still can't figure out why you're lining up on weekend nights to check this spot out.

The Yard
With summertime weather in full swing, we're constantly scouring the city for the best new beer gardens. So, we were excited to hear that the owners of Underground Lounge opened this brew-tastic tap on in the former Pepper Lounge address. With more than 15 beers on tap and 40 to 50 available by the bottle, you'll be able to soak up your suds in a glass half-yard (hence the name), or sip your pint in the back patio. Score! While still undergoing changes and upgrade, the beer garden boasts old, brick horse stables: The three 10X10 spaces are being turned into cabanas for groups of eight to 12. Inside, the bar takes on a Euro pub vibe. Read: It's a fairly small rectangular room with European draft towers, exposed brick and a rich mahogany bar.

Relax Lounge
You may remember the hype about a place set to open in West Town called Pharmacy. But if you want to get familiar with West Town's newest nightspot, you'll need to head to Relax. After much trouble surrounding its original name and a few neighbors trying to stop a new bar from opening in the 'hood, the rock 'n' roll hang with a glowing green cross outside is finally open for business. If you got a sneak-peek earlier, you'll notice that much of the interior, which includes a 30-foot bar, is the same. One change: Vintage '60s wallpaper has replaced the blue pill-patterned wallpaper. Burgers and spiked milkshakes, along with classic libations, are still on the menu (though shakes are not currently available). So just Relax already.

Villains Bar & Grill
You may know him as The King, but at this South Loop spot, he's known as the No. 1 rock 'n' roll villain. Black-and-white prints of Warhol's "Elvis"--in which the crooner wields a handgun--are repeated along the base of the 47-foot bar; black and gold wallpaper with jewel-toned accents and a texturally rich recycled-cardboard "weave" dress the other walls. Super villain-inspired martinis and B-movie nights make this a hip neighborhood hang for twenty- and thirtysomethings looking for a laid-back, irreverent scene.

Finley Mahony's
The crew behind The Drum & Monkey recently opened this pub in Boystown. Owners have hired English ex-pat Tom Chapman as exec chef; look for a lineup of authentic English and Irish fare like Guinness and apple bangers, Boddingtons-braised short ribs and cock-a-leekie pie (chicken and leek).

Vain Nightclub
This 7,000-square-foot club in the former Big House space features a first floor lounge, a second floor for dancing and a third VIP level overlooking the dance floor. Scantily clad--and slippery--go-go dancers gyrate around the base of a waterfall. Chicago's Music 101 and house DJ/producer, Terry Hunter, are behind the beats and music programming. A state-of-the-art sound system pumps out dual sounds to the first and upper levels. Refuel at two bars, or reserve a table for bottle service.

School House Pub & Eatery
The late-night college crowd lost Tequila Roadhouse earlier this year, but the owners moved on to open this Lincoln Park bar and grill that caters to the kid inside you with a menu of pizza and bar food faves, including nostalgic treats like spaghettiOs, tater tots, and cookies and milk. Retro album covers hang above the main floor's bar. There's also a mezzanine level with a Golden Tee arcade game and a second floor complete with pool table and big cozy booths that cater to larger parties.

Ruby
One of the principal owners of School House is also involved in this River North nightclub. DJs pump techno beats out of a top-notch sound system; various promoters come in to shake things up, so expect sounds and scene to change accordingly.

Chaise Lounge
This upscale eatery and cocktail lounge in the former Iggy's space is from the group that brought you the revamped Hunt Club, HC. Gone are the sock monkeys and dark red and black accents. Now you'll find a sophisticated interior in light, calming colors, plus an open-air scene thanks to the front and side walls opening onto sidewalk patio seating. There's also a rooftop deck with canopied booths and lounge seating for bottle service. Though it's called a lounge, this spot definitely draws a crowd for lunch and dinner; Chef Isaac Holzwarth, formerly of RL, created a seasonal, meat-heavy American menu with international flair. Read our INSIDE look at Chaise Lounge for more details and photos.

La Pomme Rouge
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then what might an apple 'tini a day do? Find out at this turn-of-the-century-inspired salon, French for "the red apple." Located in the former Sugar address, the design revolves around three popular interpretations for the fruit (knowledge, beauty and, of course, temptation), and features Neo-Baroque, Victorian and Art Nouveau period pieces. Imbibe and indulge with an extensive list of champagnes and wines, plus small plates, caviars and other posh nibbles. The signature cocktail is the apple martini, natch, though don't expect anything garden-variety. (Your appletini at La Pomme comes with a silver serpent ring.)

Blind Robin
The owners of neighborhood pubs Green Eye Lounge, Lemming's and Underbar opened this tavern in the space last occupied by Hitchcockian spot Bar Vertigo. Despite a new look, hipsters may still get a case of deja vu when they realize the back bar is from the old Lava Lounge on Damen Avenue. Green walls and hints of orange (a nod to a robin's breast color) warm up this laid-back hang, which is all about cold drinks and chit chat. Bartenders double as DJs to provide the night's soundtrack, and board games are at the ready for patrons looking for some friendly competition. Bonus newbie: One of the Blind Robin guys partnered up with a founding member of the band Waco Brothers to open Cellar Rat, the indie wine shop in Wicker Park.

Lakeview Manufacturing Co.
Calling all Fall Out Boy fans, trendsetting hipsters and rock stars: The owner of hot spot Lakeview Broadcasting Company is also behind this "lifestyle boutique." Once again, look for Clandestine Industries, the clothing line from FOB's bassist Pete Wentz that's worn by servers at The LBC. You'll also find everything from tube socks to blinged-out DJ headsets from Chicago-based labels, plus a Blow Out Bar for a make-up application and to get your hair did.

Chicago Ale House
The owner of Cy's Crab House--and its other locations Cy's Steak and Chop House, King Crab Tavern and Cy's Crab House in Buffalo Grove--is behind this spacious Lincoln Square spot, which features around 60 beers from around the world. Ask for a shot-sized sample to test out something new, or go for a beer flight to sate you and your crew. Nosh on a menu that is all over the board, from burgers, steaks, ribs and pasta to Mexican, Thai and Italian-influenced dishes.

Tabu
Looking for some eye candy? This second-floor night club, located in the former Ice Bar address, features and all-female staff dressed in boyshorts, fishnets and colored corsets. Go-go dancers get you inspired to hit the dance floor; DJs spin hip-hop, house and mash-ups to keep your feet moving. Belly up to the 30-foot for a drink, or chill out on mocha-colored couches. Low-slung banquette seating and tables are available for bottle service. (FYI: Ice Bar was the nightclub where Tank Johnson's bodyguard was gunned down.)

Manor
Located in the former Pasha space, the 4,200-square-foot venue (from the guys behind late-night lounge RiNo) is decked out in dark woods and a mix of textures with red and burgundy accents that channel a Gothic English castle. Manor's signature crest marks the entry, as well as keys designed to fit lock boxes that hide personal belongings in tables and seat cushions. Top things off with DJs spinning beats that pour out of a state-of-the-art sound system by England-based Funktion One and scantily clad dancers revving up the mostly bottle service crowd. Read our INSIDE look at Manor for more details and a photo tour of the space.

Clarke's Bar and Grille
Lincoln Park's 24-hour diner Clarke's has a new addition of sorts. The same owners took over a consignment shop and turned it into this recently opened spot, which screens macho-man sporting events such as UFC fights and boxing, in addition to your baseball games. While both Clarke's use the same kitchen, this side features a different menu with highlights like the half-pound Angus burger on a pretzel roll, BBQ chicken salad, and bar apps such as mozz sticks, nachos and chicken fingers. Best thing: Wash it all down with $2 Miller Lite drafts, available daily.

Butterfly Social Club
Butterfly Social Club, from Mark Klemen of Funky Buddha Lounge, takes a fresh approach to serving alcohol: Libations are organic and chemical-free. Fittingly, the environmentally conscious club opened on Earth Day. The interior's built out with a mud, sand, clay and straw mixture formed into trees (with real leaves) growing out of the wall. Sit snug in your own little "treehouse" nook coated in beeswax while scoping the space for recycled materials, such as mirrored mosaic butterflies, and other socially conscious designs choices. Solar power keeps the lights going and the global-beat DJs spinning while you sip in a 100 percent smoke-free spot. READ MORE: Get the juice on drinks at Butterfly Social Club.

Lumen
Let there be light: Contemporary Warehouse District lounge Lumen (Latin for "light") boasts a gallery-like vibe, thanks to an innovative multimedia system that blends low-voltage LED lights, video and sound. Housed in a former meat-packing factory, the minimalist interior of the 5,000-square-foot space is mostly white, crafted from three main materials: concrete, stainless steel and bamboo--the latter denoting the otherwise unmarked entry. Custom-built, super low-slung modular seating can be moved around to accomodate fashion shows and other special events; the stainless steel bar offers a streamlined selection of premium liquors, fresh ingredients and mixers, and organic juices. Read our INSIDE look at Lumen for more details and a photo tour of the space.

Karen Budell is the metromix nightlife producer. Terri Mooney contributed to this report. Updated Sept. 11, 2007.

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