Hüettenbar

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Hüettenbar 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. Chicago United States 41.967239 -87.687627
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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

  • Hours:

    M–F 2pm–2am, Sa–Su noon–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Hüettenbar Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you really want to enjoy the bar, don’t visit during the insanely popular Maifest (June) or Oktoberfest (September) festivals. Good luck even getting within eyesight of the bar, much less ordering something.

  • Crowd

    Diverse mix of artists, lawyers, teachers, blue-collar types, tourists, and older German men, late 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Digital jukebox playing mostly country and rock. Two TVs.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    None.

  • Prices

    Beer $4–$8, wine $7–$9, cocktails $6–$12, liqueurs and mixed drinks $5–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: t-shirts, flannels, jeans, suits, and a spaten of lederhosen.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    The Chicago Brauhaus (4732 North Lincoln Avenue) serves up Bavarian kitsch and German cuisine along with its hearty steins.

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