Lure (Bar, Chinatown)

Location: 2017 S. Wells
Phone: (312) 225-8989
Website: http://www.lurechicago.com/

From the former Italian funeral home, we headed back north to the pedestrian strip of Chinatown. On the northeastern most edge of the strip you will find Lure. It’s sad to say that on this particular night the bar did not live up to its name as far as other patrons, but I know I was certainly impressed with the joint. The interior design is ultra-modern; the adjective ‘chic’ could not be more applicable. While that may sound pretentious, it was surprisingly casual. Lure calls itself an Izakaya Pub, which is actually a traditional Japanese pub that is centered around small, affordable plates and generally everyday food (think dim-sum or tapas).

As the pub doubles as a cocktail bar, we started off with drinks. I opted for the classic Old-Fashioned but I think Jackie was the winner ordering The Aida, presented in an angled glass and multiple strawberry slices. As for food, since none of us were looking for a meal, splitting the small plates was exactly what we were looking for. We started simple with edamame and tempura avocado, but I was definitely won over with the chicken karaage (Japanese fried chicken) and the braised pork belly on pickled bok choy. No, we weren’t too adventurous with our choices, but they were certainly all flavorful and unique, and surprisingly cheap for what we were getting.

It’s hard to say why it was so empty there. The food and drinks were great and the music was comfortable (generally electronic / trip-hop). Other nights of the week, the club throws parties, hosts DJs and musicians, as well as art installations. Our server assured us the place is busier on weekends and I certainly hope so. With a menu that size and at that price, I definitely want to make a return trip and experiment with the more left-of-center food choices. Ayu karaage: I am coming for you.

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Andrew Hertzberg

About Andrew Hertzberg

If identity is an illusion, I’m a magician in training. And although Emerson was right in pointing out that “with consistency, a great soul has simply nothing to do” the one constant I don’t mind in my life is Chicago. Yes, even the boredom of her suburbs couldn’t suppress the glow of the city, my attraction as a moth to flame. The future is unwritten, the characters are ever-expanding, and the plot is a perpetual foray through rising actions, conflicts and falling actions; the setting, however, remains the same.

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