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Help for NYE fun, hip spot, but not pretentious? Purple Haze?

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?

Dec 08, 2009
hungryjules in Chicago Area

NYC, Sex and the City-style

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?

Thanks!

Mar 29, 2007
hungryjules in Manhattan