River North’s newest club, where customers will sip on boozy drinks served in plastic containers reminiscent of a kid’s juice box, opens on New Year’s Eve. LiqrBox is a three-level, 7,500 square-foot-space where the Stone Lotus nightclub once stood at 873 N. Orleans Street. The nostalgia doesn’t stop with the adult juice boxes, as LiqrBox will also serve their take on a Chicago classic: the pizza puff.
The club holds a late-night liquor license, which enables the bar to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. every day except Saturday into Sunday when the bar can stay open until 5 a.m. While there’s plenty of music and dancing, LiqrBox’s owners also wants to stress the food component. They’ve brought in Mark Sparacino, chef/owner of Prosecco, the Italian restaurant that’s been around since 2007 in River North. Upscale bars/lounges, like LiqrBox, don’t want to be too intimidating, preferring to retain some semblance of approachability. Sparacino has created some unique riffs on tavern food including a five-cheese grilled cheese, corndog popcorn shrimp, and a short-rib Italian beef.
Some of that sounds a little like Regards to Edith in Fulton Market. Like LiqrBox, Regards to Edith has a cheffy pizza puff, an item that — according to the Tribune’s wonderful and in-depth pizza puff investigation — has as much in common with a chimichanga that it does with a calzone. The kitchen will stay open until 3 a.m.
Back to the drinks, including the LiqrBox’s signature selection, the adult juice box. It’s small enough to fit into a front coat pocket. The drink will come in seven different flavors, designated by a different colored box. They’ll also serve a selection of classic drinks to please purists.
The space will host music and the interiors will include tall plush booth seating installed against street-art inspired walls. The bar’s ownership is a partnership between BDG Hospitality(formerly of Parliament/Kensington) and Carmen Rossi’s 8 Hospitality (Hubbard Inn, Joy District, Barn & Company, HVAC Pub).
- Liqrbox is a three-level bar and lounge that serves adult juice boxes.
- This venue opens after hours until 5am on Saturday nights.
- Food is served in Liqrbox with a wide range of choices including pizza puffs and short-rib Italian beef.
Where is Liqrbox located?
Liqrbox is located between Chestnut St & Locust St near North Side.
How much is cover charge at Liqrbox?
Liqrbox charges a cover of around $30-40 for guys, $0-20 for girls on most days.
How long will I have to wait at Liqrbox?
Expect to wait anywhere from 10-40 min depending on when you arrive.
When is Liqrbox open?
Liqrbox is open every night except Monday.
What are the best nights to go to Liqrbox?
Weekends are the best.
What is the dress code at Liqrbox?
Dress to impress! Collared shirt / jeans / dress shoes for guys. Avoid anything that can be considered sportswear (track jackets, jerseys, sneakers, hats, etc). Unless you’re a celebrity – in that case you can dress however you please.
How much do drinks cost at Liqrbox?
Expect to pay $10-15 for cocktails.
What kind of music do they play at Liqrbox?
Liqrbox features mostly top 40, with a mix of EDM and hip hop.