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A visit to Andersonville’s L’etage

L'etage cocktail. Credit: L'etage / Facebook

L’etage cocktail. Credit: L’etage / Facebook

It has been an ongoing quest of mine to find some of the best neighborhood lounges, away from the loud noises and music of your typical clubs and bars. Keeping that thought in mind, a friend of mine had referred me to L’etage located at 5420 N. Clark Street in Andersonville. He had patronized L’etage during Midsommarfest and recalled it would be a place that I would enjoy – and he was correct!

Immediately upon our arrival, we were warmly greeted and asked to have a seat in one of the many seating configurations in their lounge. We chose a comfortable table near the window that had a comfortable bench seat and two stools. Once we were comfortable our bartender arrived at our table with menus and proceeded to ask us if we had any questions or special requests. Their menu consists of white and red wines ($7.00 – $15.00/glass), specialty cocktails ($10.00 each), reserve bottles ($87.00 – $172.00/bottle), spirits ($7.00 – $10.00/glass), and a small assortment of food (served until 10:00 PM).

I had the fresh mojito cocktail, which was incredibly refreshing; my friend had the French 54, which he said was quite delicious; and my other friend had the Cucumber Ricky. Being as our drinks were quite amazing, we had to order a second round!

Now, let’s talk atmosphere. The lounge is warm, inviting, and quaintly illuminated by candle light. For the winter months there is a comfortable fireplace to cozy up to located next to the window, that I’m sure will provide plenty of warmth as you look outside at the snow. Additionally, as mentioned above, there are several seating configurations which allows for a small one-on-one date or a larger group of friends to sit comfortably. Once you arrive atop the stairs the bar is directly in front of you with, what appeared to be, patio seating directly behind the bar. The main seating area is located to the left of the stairs. And for those of you who are picky about restrooms, like I am, rest assured that L’etage has a very clean and comfortable restroom.

Overall, I was very impressed with this establishment and am looking forward to going back. Though I am still loyal to many of my favorite Andersonville bars, this is a great change in scenery for those looking to try something new.


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