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minibar

4.1
99 reviews
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$50 and over
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American
Perfect For:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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About

minibar, located in Chicago, Illinois, is a nightclub in the heart of Boystown, Chicago�s LGBT community and offers a welcome environment for all people ages 21 and older. The minibar nightclub is able to host parties for any size from 50-250 guests. The location is within walking distance of popular city destinations like the Laugh Factory and Belmont Harbor.

The minibar lounge does offer a menu that consists of cold and hot plates, as well as pizza and an extensive drink menu of martinis and other cocktails. Some of the cold plate choices include a cheese plate, pear bruschetta and a caprese salad. Hot plates include Italian meatballs, beef tenderloin and wagyu mini burgers. Pizzas are served in two sizes and offer a wide variety of styles and toppings.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Open for cocktails Tuesday- Sunday 9pm-2am, 3am Saturday
Brunch every Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(773) 871-6227
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Please contact us for more information on catering events.
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Cross street
Halsted and W. Buckingham Pl.
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Public transit
Halsted bus CTA at Roscoe
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Entertainment
DJs and dancing on weekends.
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Special events & promotions
Every night is special at Minibar :)
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 2, 2015

This was an incredible experience. We came for a birthday celebration and between the unlimited mimosas and the music this really kicked off the celebration. We had an amazing time!

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2015

Stopped by on a Sunday when they opened and our mimosa carafe as well as the buffet brunch. Absolutely delicious, fun and relaxing.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2015

We loved our waiter, really nice guy and ensured our table was taken care of. However, the music is really loud for a Sunday Morning that you really couldn't have a conversation. I love loud music but this went a little above my tolerance lever. Love the Pineapple juice with champagne. :)

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2015

The buffet brunch was just okay. I've had much better for a cheaper price. The waiter never offered us water. I guess you have to request that in most restaurants these day.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

I would recommend a slightly better food menu.....maybe real eggs, not that bag stuff. Maybe a create your own waffle stand. Or build your own omelet. Also, maybe the chef s could have a themed brunch. It seem just kinda like random foods. However, I liked the ambiance and the wings.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Went here on Mothers day, They had a great little buffet. They played fun music and it was loud and exciting. Had a great time there. I would definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2015

The food for brunch is okay, nothing special. Disappointed a bit, especially with their has browns.
If you wanna go and have a couple drinks with friends, I'd go again and recommend it but that's about it.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2015

Go for a quick meal before a Cubs game. Buffet style food permits you to eat quickly if you're in a hurry. The mimosas are tasty & served in a carafe. You can have cheap refills, too. There's also a choice of juices for the mimosas. I had the grapefruit version which was tasty.

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2015

We made a reservation for Easter brunch for a large group and when we arrived they could not find the reservation even though I had the confirmation email. We were ushered into another part of the bar and were told that we had to be gone at a certain time because that part of the bar needed to be open.
There was not a large selection for brunch with a couple of egg dishes and bacon and sausage. Who puts thin sliced pizza for Easter Brunch?

Our server/bartender did his best to keep our drinks full and make it a good time.

I would not recommend this place for brunch unless you really don't care what you eat.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2015

So this is my third time giving a try to Minibar Brunch and wow still surprise how bad they still doing with the food service. This suppose to be a Brunch buffet but that's the least that it is. Every time I visit this place even though I enjoy the place food is just bad. They really need to improve the menu big time and the timing to check is the buffet area are full or empty. Is so embarrassed what I bring friend from other countries to visit this "brunch" cause every time I go we have to wait longggggg for them to replace the empty pan and fill with more food. sometimes even takes 10-15 min for them to replace with more food. Is very annoying the fact that you are paying for a brunch buffet but the must you could it is maybe one,two plates because of the waiting for food. I really like minibar but if they wanna to continue the brunch business especially now the summer is almost there they need to either hire a new chef or expand the kitchen cause is ridiculous the way for the food.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2015

Joey was delightful and he kept the mimosas coming! Glo bar is fun and the food was decent. The bacon and cinnamon rolls were the favorites. Fun place for brunch!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2015

I was very happy with the service as soon as I walked in, which I was greeted very friendly. Also, I was given great serve by Joey which was very friendly and attentive to our needs. He made sure are plates were changed and checked with our drinks. The champagne is awesome, which they serve you the whole bottle and three choices of juices. I highly recommend this brunch and it will be fun to go on a date or with a group. Love my boys on Halsted and their service. Gracias!!!!!

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2015

I loved everything about this place. my only hangup is the tight space. Other than that I enjoyed the food, crowd, music and staff.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2014

Been in minibar several time but this last time a had a great time. Staff was very nice, Buffet style brunch was delious and mimosas was A+ that they bring you a carafé. Overall experience was very good.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited minbar for brunch. We had a reservation for noon. When we got there it seemed like we were the first to arrive. The bar staff were two very good looking gentlemen taking car of the entire place. So we got seated and got a pitcher of mimosa and headed to the buffet. My boyfriend is very picky about food so I was nervous. He loved the spread. A good mix of breakfast favorites and lunch staples. We had a blast ended up staying around until 5 pm although brunch ends at 3. We will surely visit this place again next time we are in town.

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2014

I've been to Minibar's brunch a number of times before, and my recent experience wasn't the same. I waited for clean plates for about 15 minutes, and the buffet food took the same amount to be replenished. The hot food bar was empty, and I and other parties waited for about 15 minutes for more food to come out. For a buffet system, they needed better timing. I held onto the same plate I started with because no clean plates came out.

I know Jon, the owner of Minibar, so when I saw him walk in, I spoke with him, and things started to change. More plates came out (it looked like they brought out their whole inventory), and the hot food bar was always filled. He did mention that the dishwasher arrived late, which could have delayed getting clean plates out. I don't know why there was a delay with the food.

I know most people come for the mimosas, but I was just embarrassed to have brought my friends visiting from the UK and had such an experience. We go there every year when they visit, but we may just go elsewhere next year.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2014

An old friend and I decided to attend Minibar for their brunch special with bottomless mimosas. Exceptional service by their staff and a great way to spend with friends catching up.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2014

Food was great the ambiance was amazing a little noisy but Good and fun.

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2.0Dined on September 21, 2014

This was my second time here for brunch. The first time the food was phenomenal. There was biscuits and gravy, a cheesy breakfast casserole and of course all the typical breakfast foods. This time around the food seemed half assed. Chicken was not flavorful and not a typical brunch food. The scrambled egg mixes were gross.

I had a reservation for 8 ppl at noon and when I got there, there was no table for my group. What's the point of reservations if you are unprepared.

The service staff was great though, they kept the drinks flowing and were super friendly.

The crowd was not normal for Sunday brunch. Probably has a lot to do with the poor menu.

Overall I would say this was mediocre at best. Which was sucked, last time was great!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

My friends and I went for sunday brunch, and can I just say the food was so awesome! And the bottomless flavored momosa didn't hurt!

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2014

Sunday's brunch and service is always great! My husband and I love love it here!

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2014

Me & a friend wen to there Sunday brunch. The service was great. I just wish they had a little bit more variety of food. But the mimosas were delicious & they kept the coming. The ambiance was nice. A couple of the patrons were loud but other than that it was an enjoyable experience. I will definitely be going again. FYI $25 a person for the brunch. It includes all you cam eat buffet & bottomless mimosas.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2014

A great place for food and drinks with great company =)

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2014

Great service and food for a great price! Came here for brunch with a group of friends.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2014

The brunch here is so good., They have a mimosa bar and brunch package for $25. That includes a bottle of champagne and all you can eat buffet. It was a little disappointed because when we we're say we were in the back of the bar in the dark and kind of sectioned off from all the other people dining. But they had too many reservations is what we were told. But that didn't dampen the experience too much. I would definitely recommend this place for brunch.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2014

I had a great time and definitely would recommend it!

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2014

I had heard amazing things about minibar's brunch, "the food is great, atmosphere is fun, bottomless mimosas, great Sunday brunch spot"! 4 of my friends and I went there & the food was mediocre at best, the mimosas were never refilled (+ my first glass had black floaty things all the way through it), we were there for about two hours and had only three drop by visits all from a different servers, the food all looked like different colored mush, it took us about 30 min to get our check (while we sat with empty champagne and water glasses) and when it came it was all wrong but nobody could fix it for us because out "server" dropped it off and went directly out the front door and didn't come back for 20 + minuets. Very disappointing experience

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2014

I went for my birthday brunch this past Sunday after church. The reservation was originally for 10 but I had 14 show up and I was afraid some of my friends wouldn't be able to sit so I asked the server if we could get a few more place settings to squeeze in a few more and he said, "if you have more than what your reservation says then that's too bad because we are too busy to change your reservation last minute." I told the manager about the extra people and he promptly set about making space. So thank you for helping to make my birthday guests feel welcomed. The server however was slow in getting refils, didn't give us mimosa carafe replacements unless we asked multiple times and acted like we were a problem not his guests.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2014

This is an amazing place to have brunch on a Sunday! The staff and good is outstanding! This is the only place I come to on Sundays!!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2014

It was nice and easy. The service was polite but sometimes difficult to keep up with the customers request, like maintaining water glasses full,etc. but overall it was a great experience. I would def go back.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2014

We had a very large group but everyone was very accommodating. Thanks for a great experience

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2.0Dined on January 26, 2014

Been going to mini-bar brunch for several years and loved it. This was my first time back since the renovations which I found very dark and bland. I liked it better before. The noise level was way much higher than usual and we had to scream to talk to one another. When we went up to the buffet half the food was gone and took forever for it to be replenished. I have always loved this place and I am hoping this was just an off day for them. I will give them another try.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2014

Mini is doing a new Sunday brunch around the world featuring different cuisines from countries. It works really well!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2013

Great food and so much fun with the staff and great music!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2013

Mini bar was referred to me by a friend for great food & atmosphere and boy were they right. I had my birthday brunch here & my guests and I were pleasantly surprised. The food, atmosphere, workers, and drinks were great! I will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2013

Food was great, big variety for brunch. Mimosas kept flowing. We were seated in the basement, which felt like a dungeon, but was nice to get some stair activity every time we went for another plate of food :)

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2013

We were informed about Minibar's brunch at the spur of the moment, so we made a reservation (a quick and simple online process) and had a wonderful brunch. Staff was friendly and attentive. The music was fun and energetic. We will surely be back for more when we return to chicago. Thanks Minibar.

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2013

This is a great spot for boozy brunch. The music is fun and lively and the brunch buffet is decent, but not amazing. The waiters frequently come by to keep your drink filled. You will never be lacking in mimosas your entire brunch.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2013

I totally love the Sunday brunch experience. The food is delicious, the wait staff are welcoming and attentive and the unlimited mimosas keep the great experience going. I introduced an out of town friend to the brunch and now he's hooked! Every time he comes to town, we know exactly what we are doing Sunday afternoon--without question! Even my in town friends love the ambiance and selection. And for the price, you really can't beat it!

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2013

Great time! Waiters were fun and took care of us, music was good as well. Food was decent, pretty standard, but we followed the waiters recommendations for drinks and they were great!

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