Houndstooth Saloon

Sports Bar
Houndstooth Saloon Named in homage to legendary University of Alabama coach Bear Bryant and his signature houndstooth hat, Houndstooth Saloon may be in the heart of Cubs country, but there's no doubt it's a pure Alabama bar and headquarters for... Chicago United States 41.9435317956981 -87.6536250114441
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Party Earth Review Named in homage to legendary University of Alabama coach Bear Bryant and his signature houndstooth hat, Houndstooth Saloon may be in the heart of Cubs country, but there’s no doubt it’s a pure Alabama bar and headquarters... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Belmont; Red Line: Addison

  • Phone:

    773-244-1166

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
    Bar opens two hours before Cubs home games

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Houndstooth Saloon Review

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Named in homage to legendary University of Alabama coach Bear Bryant and his signature houndstooth hat, Houndstooth Saloon may be in the heart of Cubs country, but there's no doubt it's a pure Alabama bar and headquarters for...

Named in homage to legendary University of Alabama coach Bear Bryant and his signature houndstooth hat, Houndstooth Saloon may be in the heart of Cubs country, but there’s no doubt it’s a pure Alabama bar and headquarters for homesick Southern transplants.

A mournful basset hound on the sign now wears the checkered cap, and the pattern repeats itself throughout the venue’s three rooms, interspersed with an occasional deer antler chandelier and retro poster of Bryant himself.

Although there’s always a contingent of Cubs fans hanging around, especially for home games, University of Alabama football games bring in a good crowd of alums and other Alabamans looking to catch the action on one of twenty-six TVs, while Texans can find their fellow statesmen on Cowboys days.

Country music lovers with or without a bona fide Southern pedigree flock in for Country Night three days a week, when a sea of rowdy regulars in ten-gallon hats stand brim-to-brim to down drink specials and tap their booted toes to the deafening country twang. The music is just as loud on other nights, though the crowd tends to be mellower, content to settle in at the simple wooden tables, dig into a burger, and check the latest scores.

An obvious Dixie spirit keeps the scene lively at Houndstooth Saloon, where anyone with a hankering for ‘Bama football or loud country music will find a great hoedown in the wilds of Wrigleyville.

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Tip from Lucas:

There are three booths in the back with their own table taps. Arrive early and let the waitress know you want to sit there!

  • Crowd

    University of Alabama alums, Cowboys fans, southern transplants, country music lovers, Cubs fans, and local frat boys and sorority girls, early 20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Twenty-six TVs. DJ plays mix of country, classic rock, and hip-hop Wednesdays through Sundays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar menu including potato skins, quesadillas, burgers, and sandwiches.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$7, sandwiches and burgers $6–$9. Beer $3–$7, cocktails $5–$10, shots $5–$6. Party packages $20–$45/person for 3 hours.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: sports jerseys, jeans and t-shirts, ball caps. Cowboy boots and hats always welcome.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday nights for loud and rowdy country music, and any time there’s a University of Alabama, Dallas Cowboys, or Chicago Cubs game.

  • Close By

    Johnny O’Hagan’s Irish Pub (3374 North Clark Street) serves an authentic Irish breakfast and comfort food and features a bar imported straight from the old country.

Houndstooth Saloon User Reviews

Average rating:
Night life
Kevin F. Jan 27, 2013
Place sucks. Would never go back due to bad service I experienced the other night. They need to clean that place up and get some new bouncers who don't creep on guests. Really sad place
Great Country Night!
Chris M. Aug 5, 2012
If the Cubs are playing, Houndstooth is just another Wrigleyville bar, but it makes its mark on country night. It started as one night a week and has expanded probably because it got so packed. The music selection for country night is great with a mix of pop but also classic and alternative country music and pitchers are cheap. The crowd is mostly post-college and ready to party. On country night the girls will dress in the part which is great, but you won't see too many cowboy hats on the men because, after all, this is Chicago. Houndstooth was one of the first places in Chicago to offer Shiner Bock, but now that is pretty common and the beer selection at Houndstooth is only noticeable for how standard it is. The food is similarly standard but pretty good and with a little southern flair. If you like country or girls that like country, check it out.
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