I know it's been a long wait, but guess what: One of our favorite bars, SCARLET, is about to re-OPEN and be ready for business!
I KNOW!...Pretty exciting stuff, right?
As you all know, there was an unfortunate fire back in February that took out our neighborhood bar right when it was hitting its peak.
It seems like EVERYONE was there that Thursday night before, so it was quite the shock to wake up the next morning and hear that the bar was on fire!...realizing that just a few hours earlier, we were in there having a wonderful time!
But alas, we are merely days away from being able to enjoy this great establishment once again!
So PaulBenjamin, what makes Scarlet such a great place?
Well...first of all, there seems to be something for everyone! With the various theme nights throughout the week, you will find a different crowd of people. Second, the bartenders are very down-to-earth & friendly; they will not look their nose down at you. The bar, in general, is a very non-pretentious place. In fact, you can feel the positive vibe from the moment you walk in the door!
According to bar owner, Paul Cannella, he wants Scarlet to be a place where "any patron should be welcome to feel like they fit in."
I had the priviledge of meeting with Paul C. to get a walk through of the bar, to see it's new layout. You will be very pleased with the new design. Not only does the bar have new furniture for its seating areas (including LONG couches to seat your entire group of friends!), there is also much more space to gather around on those busy weekend nights.
And I gotta tell ya...This bar has got PLANS, y'all!
Listen to this: Scarlet will be beginning Liquid Brunch Sundays! According to Paul C., Scarlet will be offering $12 Champagne bottles...and complimentary milk & small cereal boxes. The bartenders will be dressed in Pajamas/Robes. What a GREAT idea! This way, when you are waking up on sunday morning from your 'trick's' house, you can take your 'Walk of Shame' right to Scarlet, messy hair and all, and fit right in, looking like you just woke up!
Monday Art Nights are back as well! Host Adam Guerino will be heading up a variety of events that include: viewing of Film shorts, Local artists showing up, Live music/bands performing, etc. Sounds delish!
Wednesday nights will have a "Downtown" feel. Scarlet is partnering with TimeOut Chicago to bring in some Bigger-name DJs, offering bottle service, and making it a nice alternative for a place to bring your friends/coworkers and still feel like you are in a downtown club.
THURSDAYS...I don't even have to tell you, because you all know what Thursday is already, right? :)
That's right...It's the return of the original Frat House party. The night where we all show up and play Flip Cup and Beer Pong until the bar closes and the night has gotten away! I know other bars had tried to capitalize on this while Scarlet was out of commission, but our hearts just weren't in it. Welcome back, Scarlet!
The First Ward Ball will be moving from Sunday nights to Friday Nights, so look for weekly information detailing what the various theme nights will be that week. So much fun! The First Ward Ball, if you haven't been to one, is a 'Full-on-PARTY!'
AND...a cool new idea...Scarlet will be opening up around 2pm daily (Monday-Friday) serving as sort of a Cafe/Coffee shop. Adam Guerino will also be heading this up, and will offer a select few coffee varieties, making this a new place to meetup with that friend you haven't seen in a while, or plan to meet a business associate. Instead of going to a coffee shop and getting 'shushed' by the people studying next to you, NOW you have a place to come and just chat away!
NOTE TO OTHER BARS IN THE 'HOOD: If you steal any of these ideas in the next couple of days before Scarlet officially opens, I will make sure everyone knows you are a THIEF and publicly write about your BAD business habits for everyone to see... Consider this your warning... :)
So...GET READY! Our fun hangout is back!
Keep your eyes posted for the official opening, and please visit Scarlet to show your support to them after this time of recovery! You will have a great time in the process.