The Orbit Room

Lounge / Restaurant / Tiki Bar
The Orbit Room The Orbit Room in Chicago's Avondale is a cool lounge where Tiki life meets retro drinking den. Grab some specialty cocktails in Chicago at Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.935628 -87.697588
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Party Earth Review A strange planet where tiki life meets retro drinking den, The Orbit Room attracts artsy hipsters and blue-collar locals alike looking for updated American pub fare paired with specialty drinks. Mature college students... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 4pm–2am, F 3pm–2am, Sa noon–3am, Su noon–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Orbit Room Review

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The Orbit Room in Chicago's Avondale is a cool lounge where Tiki life meets retro drinking den. Grab some specialty cocktails in Chicago at Party Earth.

A strange planet where tiki life meets retro drinking den, The Orbit Room attracts artsy hipsters and blue-collar locals alike looking for updated American pub fare paired with specialty drinks.

Mature college students entering the single room lounge head to the leather-padded bar to sip one of the few craft beers on hand, as casual sports fans chill on long rows of stools watching the game on a projector screen and sharing a hand-tossed pizza.

Although there’s a little creative cocktail action – rum-infused horchata martinis are especially popular – the diverse clientele is just as likely to order a $5 Bud & Beam as a sweet muddled caipirinha or an even sweeter tropical drink.

The décor is very old-deco-meets-mid-century modern: artsy geometric lights, tufted wall coverings, and a big glowing circle in the middle of the ceiling all set a vintage tone that coexists with the persistent beat of classic rock and indie punk.

A curtained doorway leads to the massive outdoor area, where crisp white tables invite large groups of tattooed friends to devour plates of mac & cheese and share a few Hurricanes in the summer – and to share a few more in winter when the heated tent goes up.

Refreshingly clean inside and out, The Orbit Room is tropical without being kitschy, casual but still classy, and a great spot to hang out for a few tranquil turns.

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Tip from Emma:

Be sure to go on Sundays when they have $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas and $5 martinis and Manhattans all day – plus Mad Men episodes at night.

  • Crowd

    Unpretentious hipsters, art students, friendly bikers, couples on dates, vintage geeks, and blue-collar Joes, 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Music varies from retro-pop and classic rock to garage rock and indie punk. Projector screen usually tuned to local sports or movies, and Mad Men on Sunday nights.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Above-average American pub grub including homemade soups and hummus, sandwiches like pot roast sandwich and classic Philly cheese steak, burgers, salads, hand-tossed pizzas, and specialty jack mac & cheese. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$10, salads $8–$11, sandwiches/burgers $8–$10, pizza $9, desserts $6. Beer $3–$8, wine $8–$9/glass or $28–$35/bottle, tiki cocktails $9, specialty drinks $9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, graphic t-shirts, studded belts, leather jackets, flannel button-downs, loafers, skirts, blouses, hoodies, flip-flops, flats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any warm day to relax on the large patio, 90’s Night on Tuesdays, any evening a DJ is scheduled, or Friday and Saturday nights after 9pm for a busy but mostly friendly and fun crowd.

  • Close By

    Urban Belly (3053 North California Avenue) is a modern alternative serving non-traditional ramen and Asian foods.

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