Leader Bar

Restaurant / Sports Bar
Leader Bar Leader Bar in Chicago's Irving Park is a stylish sports bar with tons of TV, good grub, & a preppy crowd. Cheer on the team in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.9540487664353 -87.7034068107605
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Leader Bar - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Leader Bar is a sleek sports den that would be perfectly at home in the yuppie paradise of Lincoln Park, but instead resides on an unassuming stretch of Irving Park Road surrounded by taquerias, auto shops, and funky markets... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su noon–2am, Sa noon–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Leader Bar Review

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Leader Bar in Chicago's Irving Park is a stylish sports bar with tons of TV, good grub, & a preppy crowd. Cheer on the team in Chicago with Party Earth.

Leader Bar is a sleek sports den that would be perfectly at home in the yuppie paradise of Lincoln Park, but instead resides on an unassuming stretch of Irving Park Road surrounded by taquerias, auto shops, and funky markets.

Despite a blindingly bright sign over its door, the interior is quite classy, with lots of exposed brick, dark wood, and a stone fireplace that all give the space the feel of a cool friend’s tricked-out basement.

The open room is anchored by an enormous bar at the center, with varied seating from plush rattan chairs to chocolate leather booths creating different zones. No matter where guests sit, however, they have a clear view of the many flat-screens lining the walls, while a garden patio in back is home to a giant projection screen all its own.

The venue certainly has the trappings of sports bars in preppier neighborhoods, but its location draws a more diverse crowd, with some families, middle-aged dudes, and just regular laid-back twenty-somethings interspersed with the Big 10 alumni. And though the menu is pretty standard, the burgers and flatbreads are quite popular, as are daily specials on everything from tacos to beer buckets.

Minus the raucous cheers during a big game, there’s never a raging party scene at Leader Bar, but this shiny watering hole definitely fills the burger, beer, and Bears needs for the preppy sports fans that increasingly call Irving Park home.

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Tip from Lucas:

Sure, you can catch all the hometown games here, but Leader Bar is also a big destination for UFC bouts. However, it’s wise to arrive early to make sure you have the best view of the fight, as the place can fill up quickly during big match-ups.

  • Crowd

    Preppy young professionals, regular Joe sports fans, UFC followers, barhoppers looking for something a little different in the area, neighborhood families during the day, late 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nearly two dozen TVs, including one large screen on the rear patio. Ambient music usually takes a backseat to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of American classic comfort food including burgers, steak sliders, tacos, and panini. Brunch on Sundays. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$10, appetizers $5–$10, flatbreads and pizza $11–$13, burgers $10+, tacos $9–$11. Beer $4–$10, wine $6–$11/glass, cocktails and spirits $8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, sports gear, baseball caps, tank tops, fitted sweaters, cute Gap and Old Navy styles.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Anytime a big game or UFC fight is on, Friday and Saturday nights for a different Irving Park scene, or sunny Sundays to grab brunch and chill on the patio.

  • Close By

    PitchFork Food & Saloon (2922 West Irving Park Road) is another Irving Park sports bar with a country-western atmosphere.

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