Citizen Bar

Affluent / Bar Food / Blouses / Boisterous / Button-downs / Club Kids / Conversational / Couples / DJ / EDM / Designer Jeans / Finance Types / Flirty / Frat Guys / High Heels / Hip-Hop / Locals / Mid 20s / Mid 30s / Modern / Occasional Live Music / Patio / Pizza / Restaurant / Rooftop / Rooftop Bar / Sangria / Slacks / Sports / Sports Fans / Swanky / TVs / Trendy Crowd / Upscale / Young Professionals
Citizen Bar A swanky exposed brick hideout in the winter, the upscale Citizen Bar gets into full swing in the warmer months when it opens a massive five-thousand-square-foot rooftop deck, making it a popular River North summer hotspot. Chicago United States 41.8940678 -87.6382201
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Citizen Bar - Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review A swanky exposed brick hideout in the winter, the upscale Citizen Bar gets into full swing in the warmer months when it opens a massive five-thousand-square-foot rooftop deck, making it a popular River North summer hotspot... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Chicago

  • Phone:

    312-640-1156

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am–3am
    Roof: M–F 4pm–11pm, Sa 4pm–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Citizen Bar Review

The Scene

A swanky exposed brick hideout in the winter, the upscale Citizen Bar gets into full swing in the warmer months when it opens a massive five-thousand-square-foot rooftop deck, making it a popular River North summer hotspot.

A swanky exposed brick hideout in the winter, the upscale Citizen Bar gets into full swing in the warmer months when it opens a massive five-thousand-square-foot rooftop deck, making it a popular River North summer hotspot.

Wealthy finance types and local residents appropriate the venue during the week, commandeering dozens of red leather stools and high-backed benches to discuss work or catch the game on the flat-screen TVs, while trendy couples out for a hot night on the town stop in on Fridays and Saturdays for a round of Grey Goose cocktails before hitting the clubs.

Despite a warm and modern vibe, frequent DJ parties, and ample floor space for mingling inside, the bar’s biggest draw is undoubtedly the rooftop deck and lower patio, both usually packed with a mix of sports fans downing pints and boisterous, gussied-up guys and dolls enjoying the fresh air and flirting over top-shelf drinks.

Although the space fills up early, easy access to two additional drinking stations keeps the rounds flowing long into the night, making Citizen Bar a prime spot for sports lovers, upscale club-goers, and young couples looking to relax over cocktails and conversation (almost) any time of year.

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Tip from Adriana:

The roof deck closes at midnight, so be sure to stop in earlier in the evening. Perfect night: dinner followed by cocktails on the roof before heading to the clubs on Hubbard Street.

  • Crowd

    Well-dressed fraternity types, trendy party girls, wealthy River North locals, finance types, and young professionals, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin mostly hip-hop and dance hits Thursdays through Saturdays. Live acoustic music on Wednesdays. TVs tuned to sports both indoors and out.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale American bar fare including large salads and flatbread pizzas.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$8, entrées $8–$13. Beer $5–$9, wine $7–$10, sangria $6–$9, cocktails $7–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Upscale trendy: slinky tops or dresses, heels, button-downs, designer jeans, slacks.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Warm summer nights, especially Fridays and Saturdays, though the lines can be long.

  • Close By

    Manor (642 North Clark Street) for DJs, dancing, and upscale cocktails later in the evening.

Citizen Bar User Reviews

Average rating:
Cool bar with a mediocre clientele
Christina W. Dec 7, 2012
If you're in the mood to get all dressed up and paint the town with your girlfriends, then this is a pretty good starting point. If you're like me and you prefer to hang out and relax at a bar with your friends, this is probably not the right spot. The rooftop deck is stellar, for sure, and even though the bar is surrounded by tall buildings, something about the design makes you feel like you're on top of the world even though there are much taller buildings nearby. But it's loud and the drinks are only so-so, and as the night progresses the place quickly fills up with wealthy drunks, which isn't exactly how I want to spend my Saturday evening. If you are in the mood to hit the clubs, though, this is a perfect starting point. It's less crowded earlier in the evening, you can show off your fancy outfit before you cram into the crowded clubs, and enjoy sipping a cosmo on the roof. Not a bad beginning to the night, if you ask me.
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