Party Earth Review Located along a busy stretch of Lincoln Avenue called Karl Laschet Straße, Hüettenbar is a popular bar in a neighborhood known for its rich German-American past. Featuring murals of the homeland, plenty of grumpy regulars... ... read full review
4721 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Brown Line: Western
M–F 2pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am
Lincoln Square, Chicago –
Located along a busy stretch of Lincoln Avenue called Karl Laschet Straße, Hüettenbar is a popular bar in a neighborhood known for its rich German-American past.
Featuring murals of the homeland, plenty of grumpy regulars named Klaus, and a large selection of beers – most with umlauts in their names – the venue is also one of an ever-dwindling number of brauhauses that survived the baby stroller-pocalypse of yuppie-heavy Lincoln Square.
Wide-open windows that make up the bar’s chalet façade shed little light on the dark front room, itself relatively bare save for a scattering of landscapes, crowd scenes, and the requisite portrait of a waitress holding frothy mugs.
Young professionals make “The Hoot” a regular meeting place during the week, for both the relaxed daytime atmosphere and the raucous beer-soaked vibe that pervades after the sun sets. A small alcove in the front room gives lower-key patrons a place to chat, while the bigger but windowless back room draws couples and ever-louder groups who gather around the plethora of high-top tables to share a pitcher or two.
Language skills come in handy when tackling a brew list with names like Köstritzer and liqueurs like Christkindlesmarkt Glühwein, yet despite the authentic booze selection, the venue attracts a diverse clientele ranging from hipster beer lovers to khaki-clad condo owners.
With little kitsch and a lot of craft, Hüettenbar is a perfect spot to talk to old friends or meet some new ones over ice-cold steins.
Diverse mix of artists, lawyers, teachers, blue-collar types, tourists, and older German men, late 20s to 40s+.
Digital jukebox playing mostly country and rock. Two TVs.
Beer $4–$8, wine $7–$9, cocktails $6–$12, liqueurs and mixed drinks $5–$9.
Casual to business casual: t-shirts, flannels, jeans, suits, and a spaten of lederhosen.
Any weeknight for a sizable crowd of regulars, but Fridays and Saturdays tend to draw a bigger and more diverse crowd, especially in the late evenings.
The Chicago Brauhaus (4732 North Lincoln Avenue) serves up Bavarian kitsch and German cuisine along with its hearty steins.