Moe's Cantina

Bar / Restaurant
Moe's Cantina Despite a preponderance of creative galleries and contemporary boutiques in River North, Moe's Cantina manages to stand apart from the hipster contingent with a cavernous, upscale space that attracts a preppier crowd than... Chicago United States 41.88883 -87.633208
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Moe's Cantina - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Despite a preponderance of creative galleries and contemporary boutiques in River North, Moe’s Cantina manages to stand apart from the hipster contingent with a cavernous, upscale space that attracts a preppier crowd than... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Merchandise Mart; Blue, Brown, Green, Pink, Purple Express, Orange Lines: Clark/Lake

  • Phone:

    312-245-2000

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  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Moe's Cantina Review

The Scene

Despite a preponderance of creative galleries and contemporary boutiques in River North, Moe's Cantina manages to stand apart from the hipster contingent with a cavernous, upscale space that attracts a preppier crowd than...

Despite a preponderance of creative galleries and contemporary boutiques in River North, Moe’s Cantina manages to stand apart from the hipster contingent with a cavernous, upscale space that attracts a preppier crowd than many of its neighbors.

Exposed brick, beamed ceilings, and intricate ironwork chandeliers and banisters create an airy warehouse feel for the hordes of finance types and post-college gangs of friends who show up at lunch for small plates of Mexican fare and signature Horchata cocktails.

Trendy girlfriends smart enough to make reservations for the evening crowd into the dozens of sleek booths and candlelit tables on the ground floor, where they take on rounds of margaritas and mojitos as the bro brigade gawks from a spot along the eighty-foot curved concrete bar or catches the game on the flat-screen TVs lining the perimeter of the room.

Patrons looking for a cozier retreat can take the wrought-iron staircase up to the loft and settle into low sofas and ottomans overlooking the action below, or find a perch at the bar to try some of the twenty types of tequila. Despite its impressive size, however, the venue often fills to capacity Thursday through Saturday nights, when ear-splitting conversation competes with DJs spinning Top 40, hip-hop, and R&B.

Stylish and usually brimming with an outgoing clientele, Moe’s Cantina is an upbeat option for both classy breaks from work during the day or wall-to-wall collars and cocktail dresses at night.

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Tip from Lucas:

You can make table reservations as long as you order food. It’s worth it on Friday and Saturday nights, when you’d otherwise have to stand in line, wait for drinks, and feel cramped.

  • Crowd

    Trendy fraternity and sorority types, young professionals, and media and design folks, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Twenty flat-screen TVs tuned to sports. DJs on Mondays and Thursdays through Saturdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Mexican-inspired menu featuring mesquite-grilled skewers and small plates. Seasonal outdoor patio.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $7–$8, small plates $8–$12, skewers $6–$8. Beer $6–$8, wine $8–$9, cocktails $9–$10, bottle service $250+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business attire on weekdays, trendier Fridays and Saturdays: button-downs, suits, cocktail dresses, club wear.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays and Fridays for a big after-work crowd, and Saturdays and Sundays for a busy all-day scene, especially during important sporting events.

  • Close By

    10pin Bowling Lounge (330 North State Street) is a trendy bar with its own bowling alley.

Moe's Cantina User Reviews

Average rating:
Classier bar in River North, Fun Crowd
John C. Aug 6, 2013
You usually have to get here before 11:00 pm to be safe, or you'll be waiting in line to get in. The energy is high and it is brightly lighten to keep the energy this way. The crowd is mostly young professionals looking for a way to meet others of the opposite sex. You will run into some of those drunken, young men who like to throw their money around and be loud for attention. I do not see this everytime I go there though. Overall, if you are looking to meet and possibly 'hook up' with someone of the opposite sex, this may be your place.
Huge, but make sure to bring your Platinum card
Eric H. Feb 25, 2013
While it is very possible to get lost in Moe's, it is not impossible to not bump into a huge doushe. They flock to Moe's, and the area in general, and over pay for drinks and women all night. If your scene is feeling out of place because you're not wearing a suit then Moe's is defintely for you!
Gorgeous space, kind of obnoxious crowd
Brinda G. Dec 7, 2012
The crowd is total River North jerk, but, man, is this a pretty space. In fact, I think I had higher tolerance for the PR flaks and i-banking bros because Moe’s is just so big—the soaring ceiling swallows up a lot of the conversations. Drinks are overpriced (unsurprising for the neighborhood), but the food is pretty good, and even when the place is packed for Friday happy hour, it’s not a jabbing-elbows kind of crowd. I bet this is a stellar place for a private party, as a balcony overlooks the beautiful room. And then you won’t even have to listen to day-trader conversations!
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