Party Earth Review Even on the most crowded and rowdy evenings, Bull & Bear maintains a level of decorum worlds apart from the often raucous venues that dominate Chicago’s sports bar scene. In true Wall Street style, a forty-foot-long stock... ... read full review
431 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Merchandise Mart; Red Line: Grand
M–F 11:30am¬–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
River North, Chicago –
Even on the most crowded and rowdy evenings, Bull & Bear maintains a level of decorum worlds apart from the often raucous venues that dominate Chicago’s sports bar scene.
In true Wall Street style, a forty-foot-long stock market ticker above the main bar reports recent sports updates and scores, while an almost obscene number of flat-screen TVs are all tuned to some extension of ESPN.
Well-dressed sports aficionados gather at the high tables adjacent to the spacious bar to sip upscale cocktails like the Lush, a cucumber-infused vodka beverage with fresh watermelon.
Up a few stairs toward the back, large groups of fraternity types huddle around one of the bar’s five specialty “Personal Table Tap” booths, a self-serve miracle that brings one domestic and one import tap straight to eager boozers, measuring the amount of beer dispensed onto a meter right at the table.
Those who overimbibe can soak up the suds with some wings and sliders or, in warm weather, get some fresh air on the patio, a popular spot for long lunches.
Busy nights can mean a line to get in later in the evening, as stylish young professionals clamor for elbow room while spiffy sports fans watch the games and tipsy girls do their best to dance to DJ-spun Top 40 hits in whatever free space they can find.
Constantly surging with energy, Bull & Bear is a fantastic place to go with large groups of friends – and the self-serve beer taps ensure that even the less sports inclined have a good time.
Affluent sports fanatics, after work professionals, party girls, and frat types, late 20s to late 30s.
DJ spins Thursdays through Sundays and on special event nights during the week, such as big games and awards shows. Twenty-five flat-screen TVs. Forty-foot ticker with sports scores. Patio open March through November until 11pm. Free Wi-Fi.
Full menu. Table taps available by reservation.
Brunch menu $8–$18, appetizers $8–$12, entrées $12–$20 Beer $4–$11, wine $8–$18/glass or $32–$250/bottle, cocktails $9–$12, bottle service $275+.
Upscale casual during the day, dressier in the evening: nice jeans and button-downs, cocktail dresses, slinky tops, heels.
Daytime and early evening for lunch and cocktails, Friday through Sunday for DJ sets and a lively crowd, and on any game nights.
From the same owners as Bull & Bear, Public House (400 North State Street) offers the same table taps and a wider beer selection without the sports bar environment.