About Us

Debonair Social Club is a trendsetting Chicago nightclub, showcasing some of the city’s most influential music, art and tastemaker events. Debonair is at the forefront of nightlife culture.

Nestled in the artistic Wicker Park neighborhood, the multi-media club occupies two levels of the historic Flat Iron Building. Both floors each offer Big bar and food service, seated lounge and DJ booth in addition to a performance stage/dance floor upstairs and a second sound system dance floor downstairs.

Debonair is inspired by the romanticisms of a ‘social club’ of yesteryear. The neighborhood ‘Social Club’ was a meeting place, an event space, versatile, accessible and affordable for the community. While a darling among the hipster crowd, it is open to anyone out to celebrate life, love and the cultural obsessions of our times. Whether those be punk rock, dance, burlesque or limited-edition sneakers, all are welcome at the Debonair Social Club.

 

The Debonair Brand

 

The cachet of the Debonair brand extends well beyond the club. Recognized on a national scale by the prestigious Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards, voted “America’s Best Party” in the 2009 Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards, the club is regularly sought out to create buzz for other brands.

Electronic Arts Games (EA) engaged the club for a series of “Debonair parties” to promote the release of their anticipated “Need for Speed” video game. The event series kicked off at the 2010 Lollapalooza with a following event at Austin City Limits festival.

On the other end of the spectrum, Debonair handled the launch party for the historic opening of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC). The event, “The Young Modern,” was the first ever to be held in any of the AIC’s galleries. The event sold out in a week, and boasted a star-studded guest list that included Danger Mouse from Gnarls Barkley and Nate Berkus, host of Oprah’s Big Give and The Nate Berkus Show.

Debonair is the vision of operations Steve Harris, marketing Claudia Gassel, creative Vincent Haycock and lead bartender Red Head Matt, all lauded mainstays of the Chicago hospitality industry.

Debonair Social Club

Main Floor

main floor

Basement Lounge

basement lounge

Events

A favored destination of artists and celebrities, Debonair is the site of frequent buzz events. Examples include Perry Farrell’s party at Debonair to pre-release the 2010, 2011, 2012 Lollapalooza lineup on the eve of its official release to the press.
Likewise, Debonair hosted the promotional party for the Drew Barrymore film “Going the Distance,” at which the band from the movie, Boxer Rebellion, played live. In similar fashion, the Burton Snowboards promotional event was hosted by Olympic gold-medal winner Shaun White.
Debonair has also been tapped to host events for: Entertainment Weekly, Puma, Vice Magazine, Paper Magazine, Elite Models, Osaka Tiger, and Internet radio station LAST FM, who filmed live interviews at the club with dozens of celebrities including Mark Ronson, Cisco Adler and Bloc Party.