Party Earth Review Situated in the epicenter of Lakeview’s gay scene, minibar Ultra Lounge & Café caters to a higher-end clientele with swanky décor, intricate drinks, and bartenders who could double as Abercrombie & Fitch models. A narrow... ... read full review
3341 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Belmont
Bar: M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
Café: M–F 5–11pm, Sa–Su 11am–3pm and 5–11pm
BOYSTOWN, CHICAGO –
Situated in the epicenter of Lakeview’s gay scene, minibar Ultra Lounge & Café caters to a higher-end clientele with swanky décor, intricate drinks, and bartenders who could double as Abercrombie & Fitch models.
A narrow, sexily-lit bar takes up part of the U-shaped front lounge, whose intimate low banquettes and VIP sections fill up early with dapper couples and young professionals sipping raspberry gimlets and cotton candy martinis. Patrons seeking a light nosh head to the adjacent café space, where moody golds and burgundies set the tone and larger dining tables accommodate those who prefer lingering over salmon and conversation to dancing.
Thursdays through Saturdays, the all-male staff goes shirtless as the night picks up, and DJs start spinning infectious beats on the back dance floor, where the young and available flirt and preen.
Revelers looking for an activity night might want to stop in for one of the themed events, which can range from screenings of shows like Top Chef to bathing suit dance-offs and graffiti parties that invite guests to write on each others’ clothing, while birthday groups and other private parties can rent one of the smaller rooms to enjoy bottle service, fully-stocked bars, and their own buffed-up barman.
A dark and sexy lounge that pays close attention to luxury, minibar Ultra Lounge & Café is a sophisticated oasis on Boystown’s most raucous street.
Chic, preppie, and attractive gay men and the straight women who love them, mostly 20s to 30s with some older regulars.
DJs spin electronic club, Top 40, R&B, and hip-hop. Several TVs, including in the private rooms. Frequent themed events, usually on Sundays.
Full menu of café favorites and contemporary entrées including panini, wraps, pork medallions, and salmon.
Cover charge $5/Sa after 9pm, otherwise no cover charge. Brunch $20/all inclusive, appetizers $8–$13, entrées $8–$21. Beer $5–$10, wine $8/glass or $35–$75/bottle, martinis $11–$14, cocktails $8–$11, bottle service $180+. Coat check $4. Valet $10.
Smart casual to dressy: nice jeans, designer t-shirts, jackets, ties, brands like Theory, Club Monaco, and Paul Smith.
Thursdays for the liveliest end-of-the-work-week scene, Fridays and Saturdays after 9pm for a generally packed party, and Sundays for the popular theme nights.
Sidetrack (3349 North Halsted Street) is a gigantic dance club with a large roof deck.