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Tell me about the vibe at Perennial Virant or is there a better option between the Gold Coast and Armitage & Lincoln?

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I am planning ahead for a pre-concert dinner for two later this spring for a Saturday night. Perennial Virant is within walking distance of the venue, so this seems very convenient…but I can’t really tell what this place is like from what I’ve seen online. We’d like to have a great meal, but not anything too formal. We want something fun and lively, so we are energized for the show.
I know if I open up the geographical area, options abound, but I wanted to start with seeing if there is a great choice that is also very convenient.
I did see there is a place near out hotel called Little Market Brasserie that could work, but I didn’t see anything on the boards for this.
Any cuisine would be fine (except sushi/husband is not a fan). A great bar program would be preferred. Reservations also would be preferred, but we’d be happy to eat at the bar or allow for a short wait, but would like to plan for about two hours for the meal (including wait).
Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. >> We’d like to have a great meal, but not anything too formal. We want something fun and lively, so we are energized for the show.

    Perennial Virant is exactly what you're looking for. Creative cuisine in a casual setting (blue jeans are fine), with a trendy lively atmosphere. And you can make a reservation (including on Opentable), so there are no worries about any waits to be seated. Go for it!

    1. I agree with Nsxtasy that PV fits exactly within your description of your targetted restaurant. We ate there last week. In addition to creative cuisine, they do feature some signature cocktails with rather weird ingredients that I'm told were quite delicious. (Not a cocktail gal myself so I did not taste any but people I was with who ordered them described them as good).

      1. Reviews made it seem more casual, but in my opinion their website gives off a more formal vibe...so I wasn't sure. Thanks for the info!

        I will make a reservation.

        1. Didn't want to start a new thread, but since I've posted this we've moved our hotel to the Hotel Allegro in the loop and are now coming down on Friday as we were able to get a reservation at GATG and I just have to see what that's all about.

          This makes me definitely more interested in going with more of a bar for our Saturday night dinner. (We also realized we'll want to be at a bar watching the Derby before dinner, not necessarily at the same place we eat.)

          Has anyone been to The J. Parker?

          Gilt Bar is also convenient to our hotel, but the menus sounds heavy and maybe not different enough from GATG? Any thoughts on that are appreciated.

          I am also really intrigued with the menu new to open Kabocha, but you never know with a brand new restaurant... (Forgive me for being all over the place.)

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          1. re: bte576

            PV does have a long bar, as well as a few tables in the bar area. I'm fairly certain they serve from their dinner menu in the bar.

            1. re: masha

              Thanks. I will revisit the menu. From my recollection it just didn't seem like one that I would equate with wanting to eat at the bar...