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The Betty
Drink like a lady at The Betty.
Eric Kleinberg

Group dynamics can be tricky--especially among women with discerning tastes. Thank goodness for The Betty, a new Fulton Market lounge that satisfies everything on even the pickiest gal’s get-together checklist.

The place is total eye candy--think velvet chairs, dark wood walls, vintage knickknacks and some of the most flattering lighting in town. A 1917 player piano adds to the visual appeal, but the conversation-friendly music comes via a turntable next to the bar.

Large groups can opt for one of six covetable freestanding booths, but we like the long banquette in the spot’s “library” area for a perfect view of the entire room.

Cocktails are by mixology whiz Peter Vestinos (Sepia, BellyQ). If you’re pacing yourself, order his fragrant, Champagne-based Alfonso ($13)--it’s a low-alcohol sipper that pairs nicely with a plate of crisp fried cauliflower with tangy pomegranate sofrito ($14).

Our insider tip? There’s no milling around at The Betty. Once its 80 seats fill up, that’s it. So go early, or leave your cell number with the hostess and gather at a nearby spot until she can hook you and your sisters up.

The Betty, 839 W. Fulton Market; 312-733-2222 or thebettychicago.com

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