Scarlet Bar Formerly: Gentry on Halsted

93% love it
Reach back in time
This lounge pays homage to the "pansy days" of 1930's gay Chicago.


    • bjw109
      bjw109 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      You buy a drink, bartender pours one on you. No apology.
      I've been going to bars in Boys Town for years. I've never really cared for Scarlet, simply based on how jam packed and crowded it is (it's long a long narrow hallway) but I haven't been opposed to grabbing a quick drink when out with friends at their location from time to time. However, after last night, I'll never go back. Long story short, a bartender was dancing on the bar. He was trying to get the attrition of a few patrons, but nobody was really having it or interested (or they were too consumed in what they were doing). I'm unsure if this deflated his ego as he danced in his underwear on the bar or what the issue was, but he proceeds to jump off the bar. As he jumps off the bar, he has a full vodka drink in his hand and throws it in my direction. The drink lands all over my friends and I, as my drink (not cheap either) falls to the floor as well. I proceeded to try and confront the bartender as to what his issue was and why he would do that. What did he do? He smirked and proceeded to work. I asked MULTIPLE employees where their manager was and not one could point me to someone of authority. As I was leaving, I asked the door worker for assistance. A "security manager" came outside to talk to me and stated "that bartender js one of the managers" but could not point me in the direction of anyone else. He couldn't even tell me the owners names nor the name of the bartender. I've been in the customer service industry for 10+yrs - and there's absolutely no reason when customers are spending good money to enjoy your establishment that they get treated with such disrespect. The rest of my night was ruined, money wasted, clothes stained from the mixer used in the drink and wet. I'd highly advise spending your money at a place where they understand how to treat their customers. Now, I understand "one bad seed can ruin things for the bunch" but when not even ONE employee offered to guide me in the right direction, refund my drink costs / cover, or try to remedy the situation? That speaks volumes. A vast majority of us work hard for our money. Spend it at a place that values you not degrades you.

    • DiscoverMe
      DiscoverMe Over a year ago
      Loves it

      nice crowd

    • tdrexg
      tdrexg Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Lil tight for a Thursday night but cool people and music .. $10 small pitcher of LITs B-

    • MattTwoTee
      MattTwoTee Over a year ago
      Loves it

      More like sophisticated lounge attracts a wild crowd!
      Went two nights in a row and it was crazy fun! Its tiny, but adorable and well worth a visit!

    • Scott
      Scott Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Enjoyable casual spot
      I went for happy hour on a Friday and while the crowd was small, it was a nice spot to have good conversation and drinks. A perfect place to meet before dinner or catch a drink with a friend after work.

    • mattnyc
      mattnyc Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Tea and infamy
      I am here. And a good time was had.

    • drewjock
      drewjock Over a year ago
      Loves it

      style, ambience, comfort, ..... a very welcome addition to lakeview....

    • erdbeermund
      erdbeermund Over a year ago
      Loves it

      nice place for boystown
      "Classy" isn't the first word that comes to mind when you think of Boystown. In fact, it probably isn't any of the first 15,000 words that could possibly come to mind. I think Scarlet is a great place to go to if you need a break from all the sleaziness on Halsted. I'm glad it reopened.

    • bulldogchicago
      bulldogchicago Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Scarlet, after a few months of recovering from a fire that destroyed the bar and upper apartments, reopened in September 2009.

    • BobbyJoe
      BobbyJoe Over a year ago
      Hates it

      A long strange trip
      Well, this is not a piano bar now, but I'm not sure what it has become. There were drag queens and gogo boys, and a pretty diverse crowd of 30-somethings. It's a small place, and it looks great, but it has a very strange vibe about it. The place is searching for an identity, as are many of its patrons.

    • Babydaddy12
      Babydaddy12 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      It's ok.
      It seems that this strip from Steamworks to Roscoes is full of duds. This bar is small and has changed completely from what the other review here describes. I never went to Gentry here only Scarlett. Visit and make your own decision, I'm over it.

    • Biowa25
      Biowa25 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Piano bar at it's greatest
      I must first admit that I have only been here a few times. While a small bar compared to others in the "boystown" area, it packs a real punch when it comes to entertainment. I have spent new years eve here the past few years and loved it. A modern yet homey feel Gentrys is a great place to sit and relax while sipping a few cosmos with friends. There is almost always someone on the piano, and occasionally a comedian at the helm. Most of the patrons tend to be 30's and up it's a very inviting crowd to all.