Last week, it was a new-fangled cocktailing den. Now, it’s an old-fangled cocktailing den.
Take your first look inside Vintage Lounge, a soon-to-open haven for martinis, crispy pizzas and late-night Taylor Street shenanigans, hoping to open its varnished doors by the end of next week.
As you enter, you’ll feel like you’ve been whisked back to Prohibition: The mahogany bar. The flowing red-velvet drapes. The wrought-iron chandeliers. And that classic Prohibition-era cocktail, the Banana Split Martini.
Vintage is the sort of neighborhood haunt where you’ll come in for dinner when you have to entertain a fickle crowd. Someone wants Chicago-style thin-crust. Someone else wants a Kobe-and-Brie burger. And, inevitably, someone is jonesing for Four Piece Legos—flash-fried mac ’n’ cheese logs stuffed with ham and served with truffle cheese sauce. Finally, you bring everyone together around Donut Dippers—doughnut holes with chocolate and strawberry dipping sauces.
Later, work your way to the back for a game of pool, as a not-too-serious-about-himself DJ ushers you on a journey of 30 different cocktails with names like The Sinatra Manhattan, The Dean and The Raging Bull.
De Niro, Sinatra and Martin. Now those guys knew how to party.