New Year's Eve. It can be a total blast or a total bust. Just a week after the holidays, Chicagoans typically shell out for big ticket party packages which can do major damage to our wallets. This good news is that ringing in 2017 just might not have to be so expensive. The solution: check out your favorite local watering hole.
Estelle's Cafe & Lounge (2013 W North Ave, www.estelleschicago.com), The Owl (2521 N Milwaukee Ave, www.owlbarchicago.com) and Remedy Bar (1910 N Milwaukee Ave, www.remedybarchicago.com), sister bars under the ownership of local Four Entertainment Group, are running with the theme of a "No Cover New Year's Eve". Whether or not you are trying to keep to a budget this year, these spots will offer a cash bar and a champagne toast at midnight. An added perk— they all have a late night license and will be celebrating the New Year till 5 a.m.
Nestled in the heart of Bucktown's Six Corners, Estelle's will feature a late night New Year's celebration with food, drinks and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. With its art deco décor combined with a great jukebox, a friendly staff, and quality food and beverage, Estelle's is a great option for those not looking for a bar package on New Year's Eve and remains the best rock bar the area has to offer.
The Owl, Logan Square's best late night destination, will feature a casual New Year's party with the Impala Sound Champions spinning from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. At midnight, guests will enjoy a complimentary champagne toast. The Owl will have a cash bar with 20 beers on tap and a playful cocktail menu.
Located at the border of Bucktown and Logan Square and just steps from the Western blue line stop, Remedy Bar will be celebrating its first New Year's Eve ever. Revelers will enjoy a local brewery-driven beer list, an eclectic craft cocktail list with drinks like the Bronson (Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, PAMA Pomegranate, Chareau, Creme de Violette; $10), and the Asshatten (Templeton rye, Carpano Antica, Yellow Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, Angostura bitters, $12) as well as a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.