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LIBRARY BAR at PUBLIC Chicago

4.3
4.3
10 Reviews
$30 and under
American

The Library Bar serves as a daytime Café with La Colmbe coffee drinks, house made pastries, sandwiches and salads. A cozy space with a huge limestone fireplace, magazines and coffee table books to flip through. By night the café transforms into a chic lounge hosting curated celebrity playlists, seasonal libations and small plates from Jean-George Vongerichten.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Sunday-Saturday Café from 6am-4pm
    Sunday- Friday Bar/Lounge 4pm-2am
    Saturday Bar/Lounge 4pm-3am

  • Phone number

    (312) 229-6740

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    The Library Bar & Screening Room are available for private events at LibraryBar@publicchicago.com or 312-229-6771

  • Private party facilities

    The Library Bar & Screening Room are available for private events at LibraryBar@publicchicago.com or 312-229-6771

  • Neighborhood

    Gold Coast / Streeterville

  • Cross street

    Goethe

  • Parking details

    $14 for up to 3 hours

  • Public transit

    Clark/Division Red Line

  • Entertainment

    Curated Celebrity Playlists by Paul Oakenfold, Zen Freeman, and Passion Pit.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

Menu

Bartender's Fiction

$13

  • Madison – Adrian Garcia

    Apple Vanilla Raspberry Sour; Gin, Apple, Vanilla, Framboise, Cocchi Rosa

    • Bad Nana – Ben Pavlichek

      Molecular Banana Walnut Martini; Denizen Rum, Giffard Banane du Bresil, Nocino, Cinnamon Vanilla Butter Syrup, Egg White

      • Autumn Moon – Jill Flack

        Blood Orange Spritz; Vodka, Blood Orange, Cointreau, Lime, Sparkling Rose

        • Cirque de Rev – Dylan Seo

          Smoky Spiced Pumpkin Sour; Monkey Shoulder Scotch, House Pumpkin Syrup, Sherry, Aperol

          • Fireside Chat – Ben Pavlichek

            Mexican Hot Chocolate; Bahnez Mezcal, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Cinnamon, Habanero, Dulce de Leche Whip (Hot)

            • The Hawk – Ben Pavlichek

              Tropical and Dry Highball; Gin, Xante, Lemon, Fino Sherry, Tonic

              • Bloody Brilliant – Ramiro Gonzalez

                Savory Smoky Spicy Bloody Mary; Bahnez Mezcal, Monkey Shoulder Scotch, Roasted Tomatillo-Poblano Puree, Lemon

                • White Poppy – Ben Pavlichek

                  Lemon Poppyseed Martini; Vodka, Lemon, Poppyseed Syrup, Sherry, Frangelico

                  • Jeffrey – Ben Pavlichek

                    Apple Pear Spiced Old Fashioned; Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Laird's Applejack, Mathilde Poire, Bitters

                    Wine by the Glass

                      Sparkling

                      • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial, NV, Epernay, FR$19.00

                        • Zardetto Brut Prosecco, NV, Coneligano, IT$14.00

                          • Le Grand Courtâge Brut Rosé, NV, FR$13.00

                            • Domaine Chandon, Etoile Brut, Napa Valley, CA$12.00

                              Rosé

                              • Mirabeau Rosé, Côtes de Provence, FR$12.00

                                White

                                • Bench, Chardonnay, Russian River, CA$13.00

                                  • Licia, Albariño, Rias Baixas, SP$12.00

                                    • Stella, Pinot Grigio, Sicilia, IT$12.00

                                      • Rodney Strong, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County, CA$12.00

                                        Red

                                        • Cigar Zinfandel, Lodi, CA$13.00

                                          • Wild Horse, Cabernet Sauvignon, CA$14.00

                                            • Punto Final Reserva, Malbec, Mendoza, AR$14.00

                                              • En Route, Pinot Noir, Russian River, CA$19.00

                                                • Barossa Valley Estate, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, AUS$14.00

                                                  Beer

                                                  Bottled

                                                  • Lagunitas - Aunt Sally Sour Mash Ale, Chicago, IL (5.7% ABV)$7.00

                                                    • Goose Island – 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Chicago, Illinois (4.2% ABV)$6.00

                                                      • Two Brothers - Cane and Ebel Red Rye Ale, Warrenville, IL (7% ABV)$6.00

                                                        • Modelo Especial, Pilsner, Mexico (4.4% ABV)$6.00

                                                          • Stella Artois, Pilsner, Leuve, Belgium (5.2% ABV)$7.00

                                                            • Peroni, Nastro Azzurro, Roma, Italy (5.1% ABV)$7.00

                                                              • Amstel Light, Pilsner, Zoeterwoude, Netherlands (3.5% ABV)$6.00

                                                                • Delirium Tremens, Belgian Ale, Melle, Belgium (8.5% ABV)$9.00

                                                                  • Chimay Première, Trappist Ale (Dubbel), Baileux, Belgium (7.0% ABV)$8.00

                                                                    Appetizers

                                                                    • Blistered Shishito Peppers$7.00

                                                                      with Citrus-Chili Foam

                                                                      • House Cut Fries with Herbs$7.00

                                                                        • Sweet Pea Guacamole$14.00

                                                                          with Warm Crunchy Tortillas

                                                                          • Pretzel Dusted Calamari$15.00

                                                                            Spicy Marinara, Mustard Aioli

                                                                            • Crostini of Kabocha Squash and Fresh Ricotta$14.00

                                                                              • Fresh Ricotta, Fig Compote, Grilled Sourdough$14.00

                                                                                • Faroe Island Salmon, Crispy Sushi Rice, Chipotle Aioli$17.00

                                                                                  • Public Burger$24.00

                                                                                    with Aged Cheddar, Herbed Mayonnaise, Pickled Jalapenos and Fries

                                                                                    • Tuna Tartare$19.00

                                                                                      Ginger Dressing, Avocado, Radishes

                                                                                      Flatbreads

                                                                                      • San Marzano Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil$14.00

                                                                                        • Spinach, Goat Cheese and Herbs$16.00

                                                                                          • Black Truffle and Fontina Cheese$22.00

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                                                                                            What 10 people are saying

                                                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                                            4.3
                                                                                            4.3 based on all time ratings
                                                                                            • 4.1Food
                                                                                            • 4.1Service
                                                                                            • 4.7Ambience
                                                                                            • 3.9Value

                                                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                                                              RDan

                                                                                              Washington DC

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on January 6, 2017

                                                                                              overall5food4service4ambience3

                                                                                              Celebrated a bday here. Hard to reach staff for planning but once I got the email for an Asst Director of Food/Beverage at the Public Hotel I was well taken care of. Good service and decor the day of the event.

                                                                                            2. T

                                                                                              Teddy

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              144 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              144 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on December 5, 2016

                                                                                              overall4food4service2ambience5

                                                                                              We had never heard of the place. It was nice. The $24 burger left much to desire. The salad was great. The martini's were good and not so good. My wife's was good. Mine had an aftertaste that was bitter. We definitely want to go back. We liked it, but we won't order the burger again. And I will have a chat about the martini with the bar tender. Don't expect your drink to come soon after you order. It will come, but not fast.

                                                                                            3. c

                                                                                              courtneyl

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              3 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on May 14, 2016

                                                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                                              What a great find! It was like enjoying delicious cocktails and appetizers in a friend's swanky library. I will definitely be going back in the future!

                                                                                            4. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              33 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                              33 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on May 14, 2016

                                                                                              overall3food1service3ambience5

                                                                                              We did not get any food as it was past midnight when the kitchen closed. We had planned for a late snack which is why I used open table. I don't understand why it is listed on open table if no food is being served. Not even a nut or olive was offered. But the service staff are very friendly and attractive.

                                                                                            5. DM

                                                                                              DrMaseye

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              12 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on April 8, 2016

                                                                                              overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                                                              Call ahead to reserve a couch- great for trying different cocktails.

                                                                                            6. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Indiana

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              7 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on December 18, 2015

                                                                                              overall5foodservice5ambience5

                                                                                              It's always a fun night!

                                                                                            7. M

                                                                                              Mark

                                                                                              Minneapolis

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              4.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on October 3, 2015

                                                                                              overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                                                              We made the OpenTable reservation a couple of hours before our arrival. When we got there, the host had only a printout of reservations from the beginning of the day or the day before and no access to current OpenTable reservations. When we asked about making sure we got checked into their OpenTable to avoid a now show on my account, he exclaimed that he didn't even know when they (Library) used it and that perhaps we could go over to the Public side and ask them. What?! We got lucky and didn't wait long to be seated. We all had drinks we really enjoyed, and it was an entertaining atmosphere. We probably had just enough time for a second round, but our server didn't come back until we were almost ready to go.

                                                                                            8. L

                                                                                              Lincnpk

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              5.0

                                                                                              4 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on November 24, 2014

                                                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                              Our servers were attentive. The food was amazing. Small plates and dinner menu for a group of 8. Absolutely perfect! Great wine and beer selection. Lovely vibe! Fun night. Repeat soon.

                                                                                            9. OT

                                                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                                                              Chicago

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              3.0

                                                                                              1 review

                                                                                              Dined on October 3, 2014

                                                                                              overall3food4service1ambience2

                                                                                              They sat us in the back lounge/room which I really didn't enjoy. The waitress was polite but not very attentive.

                                                                                            10. DS

                                                                                              DougS

                                                                                              Cincinnati

                                                                                              47 reviews

                                                                                              vip
                                                                                              2.0

                                                                                              47 reviews

                                                                                              Dined on July 12, 2014

                                                                                              overall2food4service4ambience4

                                                                                              There was no host/hostess at The Library. Walked in, the place was packed with no open seats and nobody to greet us. Looked rather like a free for all. Walked over to the dining room and there was seating available in the main dining room. Drinks, meal, dessert, service was incredible. Music was fantastic. Very bizarre experience that turned out well, but this had nothing to do with The Library because never talked/saw/had anything to do anybody from there.

                                                                                            FAQs

                                                                                            LIBRARY BAR at PUBLIC Chicago is rated 4.3 stars by 10 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                            Not available on OpenTable

                                                                                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                                                                            • Cross street

                                                                                              Goethe

                                                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                                                              Gold Coast / Streeterville

                                                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                                                              Sunday-Saturday Café from 6am-4pm
                                                                                              Sunday- Friday Bar/Lounge 4pm-2am
                                                                                              Saturday Bar/Lounge 4pm-3am

                                                                                            • Cuisines

                                                                                              American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                                                                                            • Dining style

                                                                                              Casual Dining

                                                                                            • Dress code

                                                                                              Smart Casual

                                                                                            • Parking details

                                                                                              $14 for up to 3 hours

                                                                                            • Public transit

                                                                                              Clark/Division Red Line

                                                                                            • Payment options

                                                                                              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                            • Entertainment

                                                                                              Curated Celebrity Playlists by Paul Oakenfold, Zen Freeman, and Passion Pit.

                                                                                            • Additional

                                                                                              Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Private Room, Wine

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