Elm Street Liquors

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The name's the same but the owners have changed: The group behind Old Town's Spoon and Lincoln Park's Flounder's bought Elm Street in spring 2008. Located near the tourist-heavy Rush and Division Streets scene, this tiny joint aims to cater to crowd of local and visiting bargoers alike. Inside, you'll find a minimalist metropolitan look that mixes stark blue walls and lighting with exposed concrete and tiles. Traffic jams can be a problem on crowded weekend nights as thirsty drinkers pack the 35-foot bar area. But don't worry about spilling your drink--there's not a martini glass in the place. Instead, sip signature cocktails from champagne flutes or go for a brown-bagged 40. Make your way to the rear and you'll find DJs spinning and a party-loving crowd eating it up, showing off a few moves. Lounge chairs, low stools and glass-topped, whiskey-barrel tables provide a place to rest your feet. Overhead, a massive skylight offers a view straight up to neighboring high-rises: See a few stars (or at least into a few apartments).