Party Earth Review Although the word “lounge” might evoke images of a see-and-be-seen downtown hotspot, Tiny Lounge – located in cute and cozy Lincoln Square – is literally and figuratively far from velvet-roped River North. The lighting... ... read full review
4352 North Leavitt Street
Chicago, IL 60618
Brown Line: Montrose, Western
Lounge: M–Th 4pm–2am, F 3pm–2am, Sa noon–3am, Su 10am–2am
Kitchen closes Tu–W, Su 11pm, Th midnight, F–Sa 1am
Lincoln Square, Chicago –
Although the word “lounge” might evoke images of a see-and-be-seen downtown hotspot, Tiny Lounge – located in cute and cozy Lincoln Square – is literally and figuratively far from velvet-roped River North.
The lighting is dark, the décor is polished but minimal, and the regulars are a mix of hipsterish yuppies and hipsters with yuppie jobs who drop in to chat with friends at the modern bar – or rather, shout with friends considering the loud mix of lounge beats.
Though the joint is short on downtown attitude, the drinks trend toward the higher end, with a small selection of beer and wine that covers the gamut from everyday choices to hard-to-find luxuries, and a larger selection of classic cocktails that includes a popular line of martinis.
With the emphasis more on catching up and hanging out than looking to score, the space sees lots of casual-cool thirty-somethings throughout the week, either people-watching from the front tables or tucked in one of the intimate booths with their small plates of salmon tacos, burgers, or mussels.
A younger crowd shows up on Fridays and Saturdays after 11pm, but the vibe doesn’t change much unless a rowdier group has rented out the private space in back for a celebration that inevitably spills into the rest of the bar.
Perfect for anyone who wants a slick environment without a slick attitude, Tiny Lounge indulges its patrons’ need to lounge without making them feel over-indulgent.
Laid-back yuppies, hipsters, groups of friends, lounge lovers, and cocktail seekers, late 20s to mid-30s.
Loud playlist of electronic and indie music in the background. DJs are brought in with some regularity, but there is no set schedule.
Small plates menu of upscale sharing dishes including truffle cheese fries, burgers, salmon tacos, mussels, and pizzettas.
Brunch menu $6–$10. Small plates $6–$16. Beer $2–$11+, wine $8–$11/glass or $30–$42/bottle, cocktails $9–$10.
Casual: clean t-shirts, jeans, checked shirts, fedoras, Banana Republic, J.Crew.
Friday and Saturday nights for the largest and youngest crowd, earlier in the week to chat up some cool thirty-somethings, or warm Sundays to chill on the “Tiny Patio” out front for brunch.
The Bad Apple (4300 North Lincoln Avenue) is a popular burger bar with a sizeable beer list.