Party Earth Review Renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, Blue Frog’s Local 22 is a sports and karaoke bar featuring a snazzy sports design and a menu of organic meats and locally brewed beer. Bright neon signs and twenty TVs tuned... ... read full review
22 East Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Red Line: Grand
M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am
River North, Chicago –
Renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, Blue Frog’s Local 22 is a sports and karaoke bar featuring a snazzy sports design and a menu of organic meats and locally brewed beer.
Bright neon signs and twenty TVs tuned to sports cast a flickering light over the rowdy crowd of college kids playing drinking games with every touchdown, homerun, or three-pointer.
Another large sign with the venue’s zip code hangs over the marble bar, highlighting the “local” aspect of the joint’s name and ensuring the cluster of young professionals and older regulars celebrate the neighborhood over yet another pint.
Once sufficiently fueled with liquid courage, groups of friends and brave soloists take over the small annex for karaoke, ready to deliver their best rendition of songs normally reserved for the shower. Heckling is not allowed, so patrons will just have to suffer in silence when less talented singers take to the mic, or they can always fashion earmuffs out of the hormone-free hamburger patties.
Good for a quick drink after work or a raucous rhapsody that lasts long into the night, Blue Frog’s Local 22 is a rollicking local’s bar where everyone is welcome.
Boisterous groups of friends, college students, sports fans of all ages, after-work regulars, and beer buddies, mid-20s to early 30s.
Jukebox with mostly contemporary and alternative rock selections. Twenty TVs tuned to sports. Karaoke five nights a week.
Menu featuring dishes made with local ingredients, including wings and hormone-free burgers.
Appetizers $3.50–$9, entrées $8.95–$14.95. Beer $4–$7.50, wine $8–$15, mixed drinks $6.50–$9.50, shots $4–$10.
Casual: jeans, fan gear, t-shirts, button-downs, cardigans, blouses, tank tops.
Friday nights for the bartender’s special and Tuesdays through Saturdays for karaoke.
The original Blue Frog Bar & Grill (676 North La Salle Street) has a funkier feel with the same sports vibe, as well as more than one hundred old-school board games available to patrons free of charge.