Downtown Chicago's longest-running salsa dance party, Nacional 27's "Salsa Saturdays," has been heating up the River North restaurant and lounge for 10 years now. Showing no signs of slowing down, Nacional 27 recently updated its sound system, bringing forth salsa and meringue beats from DJ George Perez, accompanied by live horns, from 11PM-3AM every Saturday night.
Nacional 27's master mixologist, Adam Seger, fuels the festivities with lots of mojitos (he reports the lounge will soon serve its 300,000th), a bevy of signature cocktails and a unique bottle service plan. Unlimited mixers, fruit purees, fresh herbs, house syrups and ice accompany 27-liter bottles of various vodkas, rums, tequilas, gins, whiskeys and other spirits (prices range from $127-$227 depending on the brand of alcohol). Seger will be on hand to help with recipe ideas and mixing duties throughout the evening, as well. The 27-liter bottles will make approximately 27 cocktails and can be shelved until your next visit.
A full dinner menu offering Nacional 27's Latin-fusion appetizers and entrees is served until 11PM, with tapas, ceviches and desserts offered until 12AM. A $10 cover goes into effect at 9:30PM for "Salsa Saturdays." And, by the way, if your salsa dancing is a little rusty, duck into Nacional 27 for a free salsa class from 6-8PM on the first and third Tuesday nights of every month.
Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., 312-664-2727