Crimson Lounge

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Crimson Lounge Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from which... Chicago United States 41.888461 -87.628841
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Party Earth Review Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from... ... read full review

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    Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: State/Lake; Red Line: Grand

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    M–F, Su 4pm–2am, Sa 4pm–3am

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    • Night Spot

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Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from which...

Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from which it gets its name.

Well-dressed couples and wealthy young friends relax on embroidered settees next to hand-painted coffee tables, all of which appear to have been dragged from the living room of Louis XIV.

Floor-to-ceiling glass panes with gold lacework separate the lounge into various areas, such that intimate parties can feel like they have their own space, while larger private rooms are further set apart by deep red velvet curtains or heavy glass doors.

Early evenings see a young professional crowd and traveling businessmen staying at the Sax stopping in to unwind over appetizers and a glass of wine, while socialites, finance types, and the Chicago elite arrive later on to schmooze and drink sweet martinis and flutes of champagne.

Though normally quite laid back during the week, the elaborate venue transforms into more of a club on Friday and Saturday nights, with bachelorette parties dancing near their tables and dapper stags vying for their attention.

Those who prefer to sit back and relax settle into the velvet couches and high-backed leather chairs, ordering rounds of bottle service and bobbing their heads to the house DJ. For a mellow night or a sexy spot to groove – or merely to dawdle on fancy furniture – Crimson Lounge is the perfect excuse to get dressed to the nines and sample the Sax.

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Tip from Adriana:

If you’re having a bachelorette party, reserve a private room and bottle service. Not only will your champagne be chilled in an upturned disco ball, it’ll also be served with a giant sparkler for the bride-to-be to hold. When it sputters out, everyone cheers and drinks champagne!

  • Crowd

    Young socialites, bachelorettes, wealthy Sax Hotel guests, finance types, classy party girls, and posh Chicago elite, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    DJs spin house beats and Top 40 hits. Two TVs tuned to sports or music videos. Occasional live performances.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Light sharable fare from neighboring Bin 36, including cheese platters, cocktail shrimp, and desserts until 11pm. Look for mobile check-in deals on Facebook.

  • Prices

    Occasional cover charge after 11pm on Saturdays $20, or $10 with RSVP. Small bites $5–$18. Beer $5–$7, wine $9–$15/glass or $36–$60/bottle, champagne $18–$24/glass or $125–$150/bottle, specialty cocktails $11–$14, bottle service $225–$800.

    Complimentary room in Sax Hotel for patrons with $1000 on a single tab. Valet $26 or $12 for four hours with validation through Marina Towers.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual to dress-to-impress: designer jeans, collared shirts, blouses, dresses, slinky cocktail attire, Jimmy Choos, Hugo Boss.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for bigger-name DJs and an attractive crowd, or earlier in the evening for a mellow vibe.

  • Close By

    NV Penthouse Lounge (116 West Hubbard Street) for exclusive VIP clientele, top-shelf bottle service, and a stellar view.

Crimson Lounge User Reviews

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Rich Taste of History
Ayesha J. May 13, 2013
For some reason, every time I go to Crimson Lounge, I feel rich and like I traveled back in time. It is drenched in beautiful deep purple hues, antique paintings/furniture, oriental rugs, and wallpaper that you wouldn't dare put in your home. Nevertheless, it all comes together to bring an incomparable vibe to the atmosphere. I'll call it Old-School Elegance. I have been at this bar for a quick after-work drink or a special party (promotional events vary here) and have enjoyed the experience every time! There is a seasoned bar tender there (slim male dark-haired male of Greek descent) with a baby face that should be an award-winning mixologist. You can literally close your eyes and point on the drink menu to get a taste of heaven, or trust him to mix up a concoction that will melt your cares away. The bar is adjacent to The House of Blues, so feel free to pop in anytime for a great cocktail and some stimulating conversation. Enjoy!
Swag out
Jeanelle J. Mar 18, 2013
When you walk it Crimson you feel like you in VIP. The club in darkly lit with an antique ventage feel. There usually isn't a charge if so it's minumal. They play a variety of music. Drinks are a little pricey but they back big bang for the buck. Crimson is my option when I want to look fany for the night.
Cool Atmosphere, Good drinks, Overall Fun time
Lakita P. Mar 5, 2013
If you're looking for a good time or a quick nightcap, then Crimson lounge is the right place for you. The cover charge is reasonable and the decor is pretty cool. The crowd consists of mid 20's and up and the music was great. If you like a variety of music (House, Top 40, 90's R&B, Rap), you'll find Crimson Lounge fun. Pros: reasonable cover charge good music nice crowd; especially on saturdays Tasty drinks Cons: Difficult to find (awkward location) Pricey drinks
Cool no more
Nicole H. Dec 14, 2012
Crimson Lounge used to be an upscale club. That was short lived. The decor remains opulent with dark reds, velvets, crystal and gold accents. It's very nice looking inside. But don't be deceived. It's usually empty with a couple clusters of people with bottle service. The music is stale and nobody dances. For lack of a better word, the crowd is cheesy. There's no elegance or sophistication here. The door is also ridiculously easy so there isn't much filter on who's let in. I would not recommend Crimson Lounge. If you're not a picky club goer, then maybe you'll like it.
Treat yourself, but only every so often
Christina W. Dec 8, 2012
This is a place I wouldn't normally go. In fact, I'm surprised I went there the first time, from what I had read. But if you are in the mood to treat yourself to some super swanky cocktails and ridiculously fancy decor, it's worth checking out. I'm not one for dance clubs and upscale nighttime spots, but earlier in the evening the clientele at Crimson Lounge is surprisingly laid-back. I went around 8pm one evening, and of course it was not very full. But the people who were there fell in basically two categories: ladies dressed to the nines having fancy drinks before they hit the town, and young professionals in business casual (or even casual) attire enjoying a nice martini after a long day's work. The drinks are pricey, for sure. But it's worth a visit just to revel in the chandeliers, amazing crystal pieces in glass-paned cabinets, and absolutely stunning Victorian-style furniture. (Part of me wants it to be real, but I'm sure it's not.) At any rate, you'll feel like a queen at least for a little while as you sip on a classy craft cocktail and sit on a plush and ornate sofa.
Great early, Not so great later…
Jessica S. Oct 4, 2012
I’ve been to Crimson a few times and I really enjoy it before around 9pm. Perfect for a quiet early evening drink (or three) with some good friends. They have all these little nooks which are super lush and inviting; the décor is downright sensual, really. My friends and I usually gravitate to the semi-private velvet couches in the back and linger over the wine and cheese plates before heading out. You can usually get in cover free and they often have an hour of open bar from 10–11pm. The DJs play a mix of house and a little Top 40 and normally there are only a few people dancing (it is a lounge, after all). Later on, there’s rarely a place to sit unless you are splurging on a bottle, and the place gets busy with people who think they are important. Not my scene.
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