Marie's Rip Tide Lounge

Dive Bar / Lounge
Marie's Rip Tide Lounge The already tipsy patrons who stumble through the red door of Marie's Rip Tide Lounge usually feel they've been transported back in time to a place barely changed since its opening in the early 1960s. Chicago United States 41.917613 -87.671691
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Party Earth Review The already tipsy patrons who stumble through the red door of Marie’s Rip Tide Lounge usually feel they’ve been transported back in time to a place barely changed since its opening in the early 1960s. Made famous by its... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Blue Line: Damen

  • Phone:

    773-278-7317

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 8pm–4am, Sa 8pm–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Marie's Rip Tide Lounge Review

The Scene

The already tipsy patrons who stumble through the red door of Marie's Rip Tide Lounge usually feel they've been transported back in time to a place barely changed since its opening in the early 1960s.

The already tipsy patrons who stumble through the red door of Marie’s Rip Tide Lounge usually feel they’ve been transported back in time to a place barely changed since its opening in the early 1960s.

Made famous by its lovable late owner, Marie – a woman known for her over-the-top holiday decorations and ability to drink youngsters under the table well into her 80s – the late-night venue still attracts its biggest crowds long after most Chicago bars have shut their doors.

Relaxed blue-collar regulars who call the place home during the week are replaced with bleary-eyed bar hoppers on the weekends, ready to go a few more rounds and launching into impromptu karaoke over Frank Sinatra hits blasting from the old-school jukebox.

Sticky mirrors lined with Christmas lights and funky vintage lamps add just the right touch of “grandma’s house,” while cracking orange vinyl booths and a laminate countertop bar provide some nostalgic seating for the boisterous hipsters and rockers toasting to themselves and any new friends they’ve picked up along the way.

The joint is usually packed by 2am, especially on Fridays and Saturdays as diehard partiers who just don’t want to go home flock in for a few nightcaps.

A lively neighborhood bar offering simple drinks and classic surroundings, Marie’s Rip Tide Lounge is aptly named considering its ability to suddenly pull patrons in and keep them there till last call.

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Tip from Emma:

If you want the true Marie’s experience in all its raucous glory, don’t even think about showing up before 2am.

  • Crowd

    Late-night partiers, drunken hipsters, indie rockers, after-work industry people, and blue-collar regulars, late 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of classic rock, Motown, blues, and anything produced before 1990. Two TVs. Vintage arcade game.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. Small parking area. Limited street parking. Cash only. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$5, mixed drinks $5, shots $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual or hipster cool: jeans and t-shirts, plaid button-downs under leather bomber jackets, cardigans, blouses, sandals.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays after 2am for the biggest crowd.

  • Close By

    Pequod’s Pizza (2207 North Clybourn Avenue) stays open till 2am and makes classic Chicago deep dish pizza.

Marie's Rip Tide Lounge User Reviews

Average rating:
Listen to Emma, go late at night
Craig B. Dec 11, 2012
I'll admit it, I made the mistake of going before 2 am and I regretted it before I even heard the door clatter shut. Don't go to this place before then, and don't go sober. It's weird. In fact, it's beyond weird. I went around 10:30 and it was empty. EMPTY. My friend and I were the only ones in the bar. Some old drunk wandered in halfway through and fell asleep watching Christmas classics. I can only imagine what might have been if I'd heeded the advice of my betters. I met Marie, the bar's namesake, but she was just getting warmed up. I'll bet she's a sight to behold.
late late LAAAAATE night fun!
Jessica S. Oct 4, 2012
Like a sudden wave that creeps up beneath the break and pulls you down, Marie's Riptide Lounge is the queen of late-night dives in Chicago, always pulling you in when you least expect it. Marie’s is a Chicago late-night classic. I’ve shown up at 11pm only to find the door locked, but then we knocked and the bartender fumbled the keys and finally let us in. Ordering from these guys is always hilarious because it’s like they are just making up the prices as they go. But no matter what they quote you, it’s always cheap as hell so nobody cares. The jukebox is this massive thing that looks like it was taken from the set of a 1970 scifi movie. I can’t believe it still works. It’s amazine. The whole place looks like half cheesy 50's restaurant, half bar, awash in a gaudy combination of red and green kind of like an art project you did as a child and forgot those were Christmas colors. Didn’t get packed till 2am. I love this craphole. When Marie dies, it’s going to be a dark day in Chicago.
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