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Bars/Nightclubs: Beer Bistro
Just a neighborhood spot with a large variety of beers and typical bar food. Very nice for an unassuming night. The staff is super friendly. One of our friends left his wallet at the bar and instead of being fleeced, the bartender found him and returned the wallet. The manager went out of his way to seat our large party. they also had Stella draft for $4. If I wasn't so ired from traveling, I'd have really done damage here :)
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Dress Code: super casual
Su Casa: Cheesy, cheery Cantina on the Near North side
This would be a respectable establishment anywhere else perhaps, but in the context of River North - and only a block away from the tony Michigan Ave., "Su Casa" classifies as a bit of a dive. My friends and I enjoy it as a convenient pre-dinner or pre-theatre meeting place - drinks are relatively inexpensive (considering the neighborhood), -- and it's very hard to miss the bright yellow exterior walls!
The Map Room: Fun bar for travelers
Last time we were in Chicago I insisted on going here ... because I love maps and travel. This travel theme bar is a rather funky neighborhood bar that is covered with maps and has lots of old travel books and guides. What better place to stop than the Map Room? I bought a T-shirt with their cool logo.
This place has a great selection of about 200 beers from around the world. No beer drinker would be disappointed. They have locally roasted coffee too.
- Road Trip
- Study Abroad
- Beer Tasting
The Note: Chicago is the Parent of House
Its a bar with different things going on diff days of the week. Weds are house music, two turntables, actually think there was 4. Anyway was pretty good. House music , diff types, some jazz whatever. Has a fully loaded bar, that served great water, and coke. Has a few pool tables and Q-Bert game.
Dress Code: Whatever ya want.. just dressed.
Lounge at top of Hancock Building: Night spots
I don't remeber the name of this lounge,but it was on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building.
Nice place to sit and have drinks and talk with friends.And if you can get a seat close to the
window(floor to ceiling glass) you get a great view of the city below,night time is abetter view with the city lights on.
Dress Code: casual
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Swig: New Comfort Bar
This past weekend we all went out for happy hour for Betsy's birthday to a new bar in her hood- called Swig. The place was fairly empty the majority of the time that we were there- and it was a Friday night. Still, the place was comfortable.
Fair selection of beer on tap including Guinness, Stella, Pilsner Urquell and Hacker-Pschorr.
The food was pretty good. The tater tots were so good that we ordered a separate plate of them.
Bars/Nightclubs: Old Town Ale House
The best little hole-in-the-wall bar in Old Town! Very small, smokey, and dark. They serve no food, snacks only. Can get rather busy, from 11pm on, and it's CASH ONLY. But no problems, you can run across the street to the Walgreens for an ATM machine. The inner scenery is the best - as you can see from my pictures. A mural of chalk drawings of patrons from the 1970's and art that edges on pornographic lines every inch of wall space. There's also the ''Old Town Ale House Book Sharing Library,'' a case of paperbacks from which patrons can borrow or exchange. Also, the bar is famous for the actor George Wendt, who drank here. Dan Ackroyd & Jim Belushi used to take breaks from Second City-across the street, playing pinball, Chris Farley spent a rousing night there just before he died.
This spot is so dog-friendly, bartenders keep a supply of Milkbones behind the bar for four-legged regulars. Street parking may be a possiblity. I know I've been there til 4am, but I can't find the hours anywhere. The jukebox is great - stocked with rock, blues, jazz... and you cannot talk about the OTAH without mentioning Markie, the greatest bouncer ever! The best little neighborhood pub!
Dress Code: Jeans, extremely casual. Where you go in the city when you do not want to dress up at all, or your last stop at night. Voted Chicago's #1 Dive Bar 2005, and it's winning this year's title on chicago.citysearch.com
- Beer Tasting
Ambrosia Cafe: Smoke your night away
Ambrosia is a place me and my friends have been going since we turned 18. After 7 pm, this trendy Lincoln Park cafe offers hookah smoking. They have about 12 delicious flavors to choose from, and the place is usually packed with tables of twenty-somethings enjoying themselves around a hookah (or two). In addition to the hookah smoking, one can order fruit smoothies and excellent sandwiches. I personally recommend the Toshka sandwich, which is shredded lamb meat and hot mozzarella cheese packed into a piece of pita bread. The interior is great, it's all upholstered with lots of cushions; a very clean, urban atmosphere inside. You can't bring in alcohol if you're under 21, and if you're over 21, you have to pay an extra fee for having liquor in there.I highly recommend this place, check it out if you're in the area! Expect to pay about $20 for a party.
Dress Code: There really is no dress code, but most of the crowd in here is very Lincoln Park-ish (pretty young, upscale people), so if you want, you can dress like that, but this is by no means required. I always just go in jeans and whatever shirt I happen to be wearing.
- School Holidays
Bars/Nightclubs: If you want something a little more risque...
Formerly known as the famed Crazy Horse Too, Chicago's top spot for topless dancing and adult entertainment, is now VIP's: A Gentleman's Club. They recently were awarded the title of Best Gentleman's Club in the Midwest. Little as changed (though the corny Greek statues remain intact) and the interior decor reflects an executive boardroom, complete with wood trim, masculine furniture, and brass touches.
On any given night, celebrities of all sorts will be walking around or relaxing in the upper tiered VIP lounge. While I am glad to admit that these types of places aren't really my thing, it is fun on the odd occasion. And anytime I've been, there are probably just as many girls in there as there are guys!
Rockit Bar and Grill: A posh lounge and sports bar
Rockit is a newer bar located at Hubbard and State. It has a second floor lounge perfect for mingling and people watching. Not really a dance place. You can have a late dinner on the first floor and then head upstairs for great atmosphere.
Dress Code: Girls are pretty dressed up. Guys are in the usual untucked dress shirt and dark jeans with dress shoes.
Mrs. O'Leary's Dubliner: New in Name, but that's about it.
Formerly known as Bucko's, the "Dubliner" (the abbreviated name) features hand-carved wooden booths and deep-green walls and it gives give this dimly lit pub a quaint feel.
The Dubliner caters to mostly locals, with plenty of transplants from the Emerald Isle. While many were saddened of the fact that with no more Bucko's there would be no more Wednesday Buck-O-Beer nights, the Dubliner is very fair with their drink prices and offers routine specials.
The jukebox ranges from Irish classics to modern American, and the patrons have been known to not only sing along, but even break out in dance if the mood strikes. There are dart boards and multiple televisions showing sports as additional entertainment.
Dress Code: Casual
McNally's: The Strip goes on past 111th. Street!
Pictures of both the late honorable Mayor Richard J. Daley and the current Mayor Richard M. Daley look down over McNally's. This spacious Irish sports bar is a haven for congenially rowdy friends who gather and debate sports and politics. Patrons here are hard-core White Sox fans, so expect a not so pleasant discussion if you support the Cubs (The Cubs Suck anyway.).
McNally's sponsors plenty of amateur sports teams, and also hosts local dart leagues, thereby making the sports-talk a little more personal. The place attracts a decent crowd, even when other spots on the street are more quiet than usual.
Dress Code: Casual
Cullinan's Stadium Club: The outer limits.
Several loud ongoing conversations about sports, politics, family and community smack you right in the face as you enter the lively Stadium Club. Bar-sponsored volleyball and softball teams, with their families, friends and supporters, fill up this spacious sports bar. Just in case the raucous debates aren't enough, the bar generally has its televisions blasting sporting events as the jukebox plays pop music and the electronic darts game pings its various sounds. This is not the spot for those who get headaches easily. Area sports fanatics, however, will find heaven on earth.
Because it is the furthest bar from the heart of Western Ave., it is really not visited to often by the like of me and my clan. But they do have a great New Year's Eve celebration.
Dress Code: Casual
Mackell's Inn: The "New Kid" of the entire South Side.
Just opening at the end of 2002, Mackell's Inn is quickly becoming the bar of choice for not only Mt. Greenwood locals, but also has a significant draw from Evergreen Park & Beverly.
Opened by an Irish immigrant and inevitable pro boxer, who came to Chicago to work and to fight (A picture of the owner with the great Muhammad Ali overlooks the bar), Ollie has certainly given many of us a second home.
Featuring live acoustic jams on weekends and a jukebox with a generous amount of Irish traditional and rock music, Mackell's Inn continues to live up to it's reputation as the "next main hotspot" on the south side.
Dress Code: Casual
McDuffy's: If you have to....
Whether you're just looking for a place to get a few beers or you want to dance the night away, McDuffy's can accommodate you. The front section is a typical South Side tavern, with TVs showing whatever game is on and a variety of domestic and imported beers pouring from multihead taps at the bar. Pub darts, foosball and three pool tables round out the typical bar games selection.
It's the back area of McDuffy's that rocks and rolls, as it features a 50-by-50-foot dance floor, three bars, a balcony overlooking the action and lots of people who just wanna dance. McDuffy's generally appeals to the under-30 set, but don't bother showing up if you're younger than 23. A sign outside says you will not be admitted unless you meet the age requirement, but I'm sure that doesn't apply to the young ladies, especially if they're wearing next to nothing.
While I might go to McDuffy's on the rare occasion, for old time sake, I generally cannot stand it there because it is absolutely crawling with beatoffs who like to wear their size medium t-shirts to accentuate their otherwise scrawny physique and have their silver chains hanging out. Skippies, if you will.
Dress Code: Casual
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