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Navigating getting into Purple Pig on Friday night? Please help Chicago Chowhounds!

Champagne is never silly in my book! Thanks for your response.

Sep 26, 2012
allionder in Chicago Area

Navigating getting into Purple Pig on Friday night? Please help Chicago Chowhounds!

Thank you so much!! I love little hidden bars within bars. I really appreciate the feedback.

Sep 26, 2012
allionder in Chicago Area

Navigating getting into Purple Pig on Friday night? Please help Chicago Chowhounds!

My husband and I are staying in Chicago on Friday night and I'd really appreciate help in how to get into the Purple Pig. We are staying at the Intercontinental just across the street. Can we "put our names in" or do we literally have to wait there the two hours to get in? We hoped we could stop by at 6 PM, put our name in and check back at 7PM, then arrive to stay at 8PM, then still probably waiting some more before finally getting our table?? Or is it the kind of establishment that if you leave and they happen to call your name early you are marked off in blank ink from the list? Please advise. We are total foodies and we'd really like to dine there, but my husband hit 50 this year so his patience is not what it used to be! He will do some waiting but not 2 1/2 hours of standing in a hallway.
Thanks so much!!

Sep 25, 2012
allionder in Chicago Area

Dessert/cordials near Villa Florence in Union Square?

Thanks for the help! Looking forward to being in SF!

Mar 18, 2011
allionder in San Francisco Bay Area

Dessert/cordials near Villa Florence in Union Square?

My hubby and I are arriving in SF late on Friday (after 10pm) and we need a recommendation to get an after dinner drink and possibly dessert. Is Kuleto in the lobby good or is there another more interesting spot within walking distance of Villa Florence? We are not really looking for an uber trendy spot where we'd have to stand in line for 2 hours. But a place that is unique and has history or character would be ideal. Thanks!

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Kuleto's
221 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102

Mar 17, 2011
allionder in San Francisco Bay Area

Pre Dinner cocktail/bar advice for Ame and Aziza please!

I will definately keep Tommy's open as an option. We both love a good margarita! I will post back when we return. Thanks again!

Mar 16, 2011
allionder in San Francisco Bay Area

Pre Dinner cocktail/bar advice for Ame and Aziza please!

Thanks Chowhounds! Sounds like my best bet may be Aziza bar beforehand. The House of Shields looks great too right next to the Sentinel. Is there any place that Leary has had a hand in that hasn't been successful? BTW where is Aziza moving to?

Mar 15, 2011
allionder in San Francisco Bay Area

Pre Dinner cocktail/bar advice for Ame and Aziza please!

My dear hubby and I will be in SF this weekend. We have reservations on Sat at Ame and Aziza on Sunday. We'd love to have a cocktail hour or so before close to these restaurants. Hubby tends to be the classic martini type while I like a place with a bit of a buzz. It doesn't have to be formal, we do really enjoy the hole in the wall place as well. Something different and unique with an old school spin. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

Mar 15, 2011
allionder in San Francisco Bay Area