Chicago. Home of the long and narrow. At least when it comes to neighborhood architecture. The Charleston does well adapting and utilizing its long and narrow storefront to bar conversion. Its open layout and black on grey themes establish an atmosphere that is both indescribable and highly sought after. The bar itself runs along the south wall about halfway through the space and low tables line the north wall all the way in to the rear where a photobooth naps in an alcove. The beautiful darkness is only subtly interrupted by streetlight glow through the large glass windows wrapping around the facade.
The crowd is young, hip, and serious; though not so serious as to suppress a couple of facetious dance moves if the DJ plays a fan favorite. The sound is exquisitely deep and crisp, no doubt a result of the relationship between The Charleston and the Chicago audiophile temple, deciBel Audio. DJs are booked seven days a week, but to control quality the ethereal accouterments accommodate vinyl only.
The refreshment list is pretty standard for the neighborhood. A variety of eight craft, import, and economy beers on tap and a small bomber menu. The few dozen bottle brews are organized by style, much to the delight of the savvy quaffer. A sufficient collection of spirits satiates the classic cocktail list and a few wines and sakes are available if its that kind of a night. The Charleston is a classic neighborhood bar updated to engage the residents of an updated neighborhood. As a result it can often get crowded so weekend patience may be required for the service staff.
Crowds aside The Charleston is an ideal destination for a dark rendezvous with a superlative soundtrack.