Whiskey and wine, live music and lowlights. All the elements of a sultry night out can be found at Grapes and Grains, opening Friday, Oct. 16 at 201 N. Peoria St. in the heart of Chicago’s West Loop. The reservations-exclusive lounge, dubbed GG’s, is the complete social experience — with virtually touch-free service — for those looking to indulge in an intimate evening that exudes exclusivity and the underground thrill of 1920s Chicago. Exposed brick walls, Chesterfield sofas, vintage chandeliers and a baby grand piano set the scene; well-crafted cocktails and small plates complete it.
“We want guests to feel immediately transported once they walk into this beautiful space,” says owner Dimitri Anastos. "We have hand-selected each whiskey, wine and Champagne, but we also welcome guests to request their favorites. We’ve put thought into every detail and service point to ensure that the GG’s experience is not only safe and socially distanced but the ultimate way to spend a night out.”
The beverage menu features whiskeys and wines from around the world and modern takes on classic cocktails, including the “Knock on Wood” Whiskey Sour, “New Money” Old Fashioned and “Death Note” French 75. Artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards and small plates blend the best local and imported ingredients. Dishes include Smoked Imported Buratta with apple jam, watercress and garlic confit and Spumante Mussels topped with Champagne cream sauce, sour grapes, piment d`Espelette butter and served with grilled whole-grain bread. GG’s requires each table to purchase an item from the food menu. All menu items are also available to pre-order, for the ultimate social distancing experience.
Nightly programming at GG’s will feature live music, tastings, themed events and more. Tables are spaced more than 6 feet apart and will run at 25 percent occupancy per current capacity restrictions.
Reservations at GG’s can be made on Tock for “experience” packages of whiskey, wine and cheese board pairings, which are designed for groups of up to eight guests and allow for a virtually contact-free dining experience once seated.
GG’s is available for daytime private events seven days a week. The space includes a Champagne sabering room, for any celebration. GG’s also accommodates guests on its outdoor patio, Sophia’s Garden, on Lake Street. Patio seating is first come, first served.