The Green Mill
In Chicago, we went to the Green Mill in Uptown, perhaps the best jazz bar in the city and probably the oldest jazz bar in the world (found a picture of the place in daylight from here). The Girlfriend and I had differing opinions on the atmosphere of the place: I like dive bars, and the Green Mill had a sort of dive-y throwback feel to it, perhaps attributable to its speakeasy origins - it was allegedly owned by Al Capone. I wasn't expecting this - the online descriptions made the place sound a bit chi-chi, but it turned out to be the kind of place that sells cheap Pabst and Schlitz. Two Pabsts, one Amstel Light, $10 altogether: great deal. (There was a $6 cover on a Tuesday, admittedly.) Nothing like a good old-fashioned jazz lounge.
We did have non-differing opinions on the performers, the Deep Blue Organ Trio, who were a good band with a hell of a funky drummer in Greg Rockingham. The trio's set that night featured an especially fine version of "The Way You Look Tonight".
Long review of the Green Mill, which reveals why I knew the place: it was in High Fidelity.