Adrienne Irmer, NBC Chicago Street Team
… when 2833 N. Sheffield used to be a place called Cherry Red? Well, it has made quite the transition from simply a night club, with moderatley plush interior to a Hawaiian-esque themed super-bar called Uncle Fatty’s Rum Resort (sand, and all)– the place is still HUGE with the addition of a mainstage for live musical performances. If you are looking for food and drinks, this is not where you ought to go, because they have no food menu… simply a litany of festive cocktails, coolers and the oh-so-naughty scorpion bowls (and hybrids served in beach buckets… oh YES). Having arrived [fashionably, of course] late one Friday in time to catch the last band to perform, Mathien, I was immediately taken back to my first time in Cabo. And without reminiscing too much, lets just say it was a fond– very fond– recollection. From the grass-adorned bar huts, neon lights and sand, one would think they stepped into an island getaway, despite the schizo Chicago weather you might find outside.
Apparently my late arrival missed (I was told) what was an all out battle-of-the-bands royale. The last band, Mathien, blew me away even though I missed the others who performed. Their silvery vocals atop a live violin, drums and keyboard (guitars, too, of course) filled the joint. Then they covered Bob Marley, and, well, my friends, they smashed everyone else in my book, whether or not I heard the others. It was clear that the audience agreed because, by the end of the night, it was a sea of people chanting “Mathien, Mathien, Mathien” with fists pumping, and it became all too clear to me that they had, in fact, won– walking away with the $1500 prize that night! This place is certainly one for the lover of live music performed by local talent who might just cover some Bob Marley for you while you sip a Tini Bikini out of a bucket (with three friends) on WTF Wednesdays… enjoy!
For more information about the bar or the bands performing check out http://www.unclefatty.com