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I can thank my best friend for my first Gilt app experience.  It was a Wednesday night and the streets of Chicago were filled with the after work rush hour crowd.  Faces screamed 'I’m exhausted!' and 'Thank God it’s time for happy hour.'  I was guilty of having both thoughts as I met my friend on the corner of State and Lake.  We hopped on the red line to indulge in late night drinks, small bites and a few laughs about life.  We got off the train and arrived at The Barrelhouse Flat on the corner of North Lincoln Avenue.  The restaurant was listed in GQ Magazine as a Chicago drinking hot spot under their Eat & Drink section.  (If any establishment can make it into GQ Magazine I’m there.)  

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Visit The Barrelhouse Flat or find a restaurant in your city with the Gilt App

We walked upstairs to the lounge and entered a 1920’s speakeasy.  The lights were dimmed low and the room was illuminated by candle light and a few antique lamps.  In the corner sat a pool table, comfy lounge seats, fireplace, and brown wooden piano being played by musician Barrelhouse Chuck.  If you've ever wondered how it felt to live in another era, let Barrelhouse Flat satisfy your curiosity.  Did I mention there's an upstairs and downstairs bar stocked with some of the best bourbon you’ve ever tried?  It exists.

How did my bestie find out about this fabulous place?  From an app called Gilt.  I had heard of Gilt before, but never knew exactly what it was until that day.  Gilt is an online shopping website and mobile app with great deals in your city.  You can purchase anything from apparel to shoes to home decor and plan your next vacation with their travel section and, my favorite, Gilt City.  Gilt City is a division of Gilt specializing in daily deals in major cities.  It’s free and easy to create an account and start shopping!  The sales are pretty amazing - you can have a five star dining experience (while on a budget) by purchasing a voucher in exchange for a food and drink credit (each voucher varies).  Through Gilt City Chicago, my friend purchased a $30 voucher for two which included a $60 food and drink credit.  So he pretty much paid half the price and received twice the experience.  

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The Gilt app has found a home in my phone and triumphed in helping me scout Chicago's go-to places and deals.

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At the end of the night, we left with a new favorite spot, full stomachs filled with featured cocktails, steak sliders, and of course great memories.  I’m always hungry to find new Chicago hot spots - for me, it’s all about having a great experience.  The Gilt app has found a home in my phone and Gilt City Chicago has earned the title of ‘wingman’ helping me scout Chicago's go-to places and deals.

If you’re wondering whether I’ve purchased Christmas gifts yet - the answer is sadly, no.  But it’s not too late!  This Christmas, all of my loved ones are getting a surprise from Gilt.  See what I did there?  I get to bypass a crowd of crazed holiday shoppers.  Thanks Gilt - I’m winning at life right now. 

 

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