January 3, 2006
Formerly known as BIG WIGS, Four is hoping its swank inside appearance will help it establish a name for itself. Unless you are there for a private party, don't bother arriving before midnight. The place only starts to fill at 11pm. The club features three bars and a very open-air plan. It has a bit of a warehouse feel to it. Walk in and immediately you are at bar number one on your left. Walk 15 feet and you are at bar number two on your right. The third is in the back room past the toilets. Men, don't think you'll just breeze in and out, since when I was there, both the men's and ladies' toilet lines were at least four people deep and moving nowhere fast. Small tables with covered bench seating occupy a space on your right (across from bar one) and in the back on your left (across from bar two). We got there just after 10pm and already there were reserved signs on the tables.
The DJ booth is upstairs. To get up there are two sets of stairs on either side of the main dance floor. We got up there early and claimed a seat. However, as the night went on, it seemed only VIP and those wanting to get bottle service could go up.
That Saturday night men were $10 and ladies got in free. And with drinks of T$T and White Russians priced at $7 a piece and full bottles of vodka for $150, it's not the cheapest club in town. Then again, the bartenders do know their drinks and do a darn fine job of making them strong. Waitresses wear skirts that would otherwise occupy men's shirt pockets.
Tunes on that Saturday were mostly popular hip-hop and dance songs. There was some fairly decent mixing of tunes, but don't expect to get a request in. With the DJ all the way on the second floor, it's not likely you'll get up there to actually see him.
If you are in the area and in need of a stiff drink, I'd recommend going, but I wouldn't search it out. Four is open until 4am Sunday to Friday and 5am on Saturday.
From journal Nothing Shy about Chi-town