On the seventh floor of 116 W. Hubbard is NV Penthouse Lounge, a swanky rooftop nightclub. In the basement, underneath Slurping Turtle, is NV's new sister concept, a more relaxed yet still upscale, subterranean lounge, Prohibit. Both concepts are run by Dan George, who also is behind historic Polka Sausage and Deli's recent move to Lincoln Park. The difference, besides altitude, is Prohibit will serve food plus craft cocktails and craft beers.
The 1500 square-foot space holds 99 seats at a long bar and baguette-style low seating, where bottle service and high-end champagne accompanies mixologist Eric Hay's (Wirtz Beverage Group) craft beer and cocktail selection like Corpse Reviver No. 2 and Milk Punch.
George describes the food as "European snacks", meaning small bites for nibbling with your drinks. Expect kabanos dried sausage with wasabi mustard, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and prosciutto-wrapped blue cheese-stuffed dates.
As for the clientele, George says he's expecting an after-work crowd, private parties, bachelor parties, and others looking for a laid-back Hubbard-corridor lounge with a live DJ. There's been soft openings and get-togethers, but on January 25 Prohibit will be open for all.