Zante Lounge & Eatery first opened in Palos Hills (10307 S. Roberts Road) in the 1970s and quickly grew to attract a very hungry clientele. Today, it operates as an upscale sports bar where you’ll find jersey-clad sports fans early in the week and glammed up club-goers on the weekends. While Zante still serves food, an emphasis has been placed on its signature martinis and cocktails. And because of its continued success, co-owners (and brothers) Danny and Tony Pappas decided to open a second Zante Lounge & Eatery in Orland Hills (8888 W. 159th Street, 708-364-0100).
Both bars have been named after an island called Zakynthos, which lies off the west coast of mainland Greece. You’ll even find some Greek dishes on the menu, including saganaki, pork kebobs and a Greek burger stuffed with feta cheese and mushrooms.
Outfitted with 22 high-definition televisions, Zante Lounge of Orland is a great place to watch any sports game. A cluster of black leather couches acts as a VIP section from Thursday to Saturday, accommodating parties of about 30 people who order a rather affordable bottle service. Hey, it’s cheaper than the prices you’ll find downtown!
Nightly entertainment includes DJs Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, as well as Chili’s Karaoke on Tuesdays. Zante Lounge of Orland opens daily at 11 a.m. (for lunch) and closes at 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.