Originally posted in Jan 2011
My first trip to Angels and Kings in Chicago was memorable for a few reasons. It was one of the first times I hung out with my girlfriend, and it was the first bar in a while that I actually liked.
The grungy, relaxed and anything goes vibe was just the type of spot I love to hang in.
So you can imagine I was a little unsure of the bar moving to the Hard Rock Hotel’s bottom bar. Would it still be cool? And more importantly- would they let me in??
Thursday night when I arrived to the grand opening party it was packed- and I had to push past Pete Wentz (who’s an owner) to get in.
The new AK looked like a dressed up version of the old space, very dark with a mug shot wall.
The place was packed with the who’s who of Chicago and I stood back and watched the action with my friends Ari and Luis. I’d say it was the perfect mix of ages, races and people. Hipsters meshed with Landons…if you get my drift.
While it will never be the original, I think the new AK has some major potential and I can’t wait to go back.