A group of old friends is meeting in Chicago for NYE and we're looking for somewhere awesome to be (who isn't?). We wouldn't mind live music, or at least a DJ playing danceable stuff (easy on the Top 40, though, we like a little more variety). We're not trying to "see and be seen" but just have fun. Dancing is good, beer is better. Oh, and we're in our mid-20s, young professionals and grad students. A mix of guys and girls.
I read that Risque Cafe and Purple Haze are decent, fun places. Would they be fun for NYE? Are the bars there big enough?
friends and i are going to NYC for a few days. while we are students on a limited budget, we'd like to splurge on a nice place for drinks and appetizers. Someplace funky yet upscale. Gourmet apps, great wines and/or cocktails. My only point of reference is Cypress in Charleston, SC, where great ambiance, great service, 3 fabulous glasses of wine, and 3 amazing apps cost us $86. but well worth it for the good time and great food. any suggestions?