Celeste Is River North’s Sexiest 5 A.M. Bar

Part bar, part restaurant, the sleek Art Deco space looks great even late.

Inside the bar at Celeste   Photo: Peter Ranvestel

Amidst the sloppy, sloshed St. Patrick’s Day revelry that overtook River North this weekend, the bar at Celeste (111 W. Hubbard St.) was a swanky respite. Part restaurant, part lounge, the multi-level space has a seductive craft-cocktail list (we liked the Golden Filigree, a milk punch with bourbon, cognac, and dark rum.) It’s got plenty of comfy nooks for settling in, an approachable yet high-end menu of noshes (baby octopus cooked sous-vide, anyone?), and music tuned to a conversational volume. It’s by far the sexiest-feeling bar open until 5 a.m. on Saturdays.

Here’s what we saw while scoping it out this weekend.

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