When you want to get a little crazy, head to Double A. Located below the upscale Mexican spot Mercadito, it remains a hot dance space with thumpin' music. But if you want to trade raising the roof for laid-back conversation, take a walk down the street to Sable. The sophisticated spot has plenty of energy, though it's far more refined and contained. Along with a nice glass of bubbly or craft beer, you can explore the expertly curated cocktail list, discover mezcal, and learn everything you'd ever need to know about bourbon. Whether you're with friends after work or on a third date, the vibe here just works.
Double A, 108 West Kinzie Street (between North La Salle and North Clarke streets)
Sable Kitchen & Bar, 505 North State Street (between North Dearborn Parkway and North Wabash Avenue); 312-755-9704
Photos: Double A, Courtesy Double A; Sable Kitchen & Bar, Courtesy Sable Kitchen & Bar