Party Earth Review Part upscale bar, part restaurant, part club, and part bountiful beer garden, Zella is either the greatest thing since sliced bread or is suffering from multiple-personality disorder – either way, patrons come in droves... ... read full review
1983 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple Lines: Armitage
M–F 4pm–2am, Sa 9am–3am, Su 9am–2am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
Part upscale bar, part restaurant, part club, and part bountiful beer garden, Zella is either the greatest thing since sliced bread or is suffering from multiple-personality disorder – either way, patrons come in droves to drink, flirt, and drink some more.
A deceivingly small entrance in the simple brick façade leads to an expansive room with wood floors, sandy brick walls, and a minimal décor save for a handful of flat-screens, a small bar, and a few tables to handle the light early-evening crowd.
By 8pm, the same room overflows with preppy young guys and trendy girls in the latest fashions, making their way through a parted curtain to an even larger bar and dining space in back where they can enjoy near-nightly specials, nosh on higher-end pub fare, and catch the sports highlights on several TVs.
When they’re not checking each other out, of course.
The biggest draw during warmer months is further back still, where several double doors open to a sprawling patio that beckons to stylish sunshine lovers with its shaded canopies and ornate wrought-iron furniture. A third bar works hard to keep up with the demand for shots, pitchers, and all-you-can-drink weekend brunch specials.
DJs spin dance-friendly pop, Top 40, and country Fridays through Sundays, so whether patrons come to Zella to dine, drink, dance, or game, they’re in for a helluva good time.
Students from nearby DePaul University, preppy bros, sexy singles, groups of dolled-up girls looking to party, and successful young professionals, 20s to late 30s.
DJs spin everything from popular country to pop and Top 40 F–Sa from around 9pm and Su from around 11am or noon.
More than a dozen flat-screens inside and on the patio tuned to sports.
Live acoustic acts on Thursdays and fish fry with prize giveaways on Fridays.
Menu of upscale bar food including flatbread pizzas, steak sandwiches, caprese salads, and lollipop chicken wings. Private party room and party packages available.
Appetizers $7–$9, salads $6–$10, individual flatbread pizzas $7–$8, burgers and sandwiches $7–$10. Beer $4.50–$6, wine $7–$11, shots $5–$8, mixed drinks $6–$10+, all-you-can-drink brunch specials $20–$25.
Casual dressy: designer jeans, stylish t-shirts, button-downs, loafers, sexy blouses, sundresses, wedges, heels.
Friday and Saturday nights for a packed crowd of pretty people or any warm day to booze it up on the patio.
Tripoli Tap (1147 West Armitage Avenue) is a sports bar with a special place in its heart for Boston fans, an always-festive atmosphere, and (of course) big bowls of clam chowder at the ready.