Downtown

Near North
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This River North gay bar from Brian Martin (former general manager at Eve) has taken up residence in the space that was most recently Lucky Lady, but before that, Gentry. More so than a gay bar, Martin hopes Downtown will be an "all bar," a term he and his friends often use to describe bars where you might find an 80-year-old straight couple, a 30-year-old gay couple and a transvestite or two all along the same bar. A drink list will feature beer, wine and cocktails both contemporary and throwback. As for food, Martin's working on a concept that borders on upscale delivery: Order of a simple menu of dishes from a nearby restaurant or two and they'll walk it over to the bar. Truly eclectic entertainment will range from live cabaret to acoustic sets to trivia and DJs. Discounts will be in store for nightlife industry employees and pre- or post-theater goers.