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Red Ivy - Perfect Place to Score, a Great Time Print E-mail
Written by NICK POWILLS   
Monday, 08 May 2006
The Red Ivy is the perfect place to score and have a great time doing it. For some reason, I seem to have more game at this bar than anywhere else in the city - I wonder why. Maybe it's because everyone is quite friendly and receptive to cheesy pickup lines and extreme dance moves.

Red Ivy
3519 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 472-0900
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturdays (delivery available until 4 a.m.)
www.RedIvyChicago.com
The Red Ivy - obviously named with a connection to Wrigley Field - is located in the heart of Wrigleyville and always full of plenty of people ready to throw it down on the dance floor and rock out with their, um, yeah.

ATMOSPHERE

I love the bar/restaurant. Great interior design and friendly people waiting to help you in the bathroom. When I recently visited the restroom, I met Ken, a former Hollywood actor who never broke it big. If you happen to meet Ken (pictured), tell him Nick says hello and he will be sure to hand you a sheet of paper full of his biographical information. And back to the atmosphere, the dim lighting, classy design makes this place excellent in my book, especially attractive to the eyes.

CROWD

Um, typical Wrigleyville. Not very diverse and um, very white - but normal for the area. Great place for former fraternity guys and sorority girls.

ENTERTAINMENT

I have visited the Red Ivy on a weeknight and a weekend and the DJs have been decent both times. The last DJ did an OK job on my last visit, but got even better once he started taking pictures with the girls I was with - and even gave one of them his phone number ( perhaps a little desperate and the music wasn't hookin' him up enough).

SPIRITS / GRUB

The Red Ivy is known for its pizza, if you are down for some eats, but the two bars (one in the front and one in the back) have plenty of options for drinking the night away. And, I must say, I have always been impressed with the speed of the bartenders - as it doesn't feel like you are waiting an hour to get a beer or your rum and coke.

PRICES

Typical prices for Wrigley - yeah, a bit pricey. You are not going to find $1 beers here. On one order, for two rum and cokes and a beer my bill was $18 - so, if you plan on buying ladies some drinks, you better come on a payday Friday. And if you are visiting for some eats, the prices are about $11 - $17 for a plate.

WHY IT'S UNIQUE

Um, it's in Wrigleyville and I have never had a problem getting in - meaning the lines are not too bad, the cover isn't too high and even though the place is packed, you can get around pretty easily. And, if you come on a night when Ken is working, you are in even better shape.

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