Pippin's Tavern

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Pippin's Tavern Despite its proximity to the lavish shops and restaurants of the Magnificent Mile, Pippin's Tavern has been drawing in one of the most eclectic and diverse crowds in Chicago since 1973 from wealthy shoppers and young businessmen... Chicago United States 41.897089 -87.625964
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Party Earth Review Despite its proximity to the lavish shops and restaurants of the Magnificent Mile, Pippin’s Tavern has been drawing in one of the most eclectic and diverse crowds in Chicago since 1973 from wealthy shoppers and young businessmen... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 11am–4am, Sa 11am–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Pippin's Tavern Review

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Despite its proximity to the lavish shops and restaurants of the Magnificent Mile, Pippin's Tavern has been drawing in one of the most eclectic and diverse crowds in Chicago since 1973 from wealthy shoppers and young businessmen...

Despite its proximity to the lavish shops and restaurants of the Magnificent Mile, Pippin’s Tavern has been drawing in one of the most eclectic and diverse crowds in Chicago since 1973 from wealthy shoppers and young businessmen to college students and foreign tourists.

The weathered façade, which looks like a gingerbread house gone awry, is brightened by large colored lights and the glow of Downtown Dogs, the adjacent hot dog joint that provides greasy bar food to hungry Pippin’s patrons.

Wood-paneled walls, a tiled ceiling, and an old-fashioned wooden bar give the place a warm old-world feel, while kitschy lamps add a pop of color and a huge collection of old photographs of employees, celebrity guests, and Chicago sports teams give patrons something to look at while they wait for their pints.

Middle-aged locals park themselves at the bar to watch the game or scout out an eager newcomer with whom to chat, as businessmen chill out over one of the many beers on tap.

Weekends see an influx of young hipsters and clubbers stopping in on their way to or from neighboring venues, while game nights draw herds of burly Midwesterners and frat boys in their favorite team attire looking to get rowdy and yell at the televisions.

Casual and funky in every respect, Pippin’s Tavern is diverse enough to make it a popular spot for everything from hanging out with locals to washing off the work day or sharing rounds of shots with party girls and the club set after a night of dancing.

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Tip from Jonah:

Pippin’s is not an Irish bar – at least, not if you ask the bartender, who is no doubt tired of being asked that question by every tourist who walks in the door. Instead, tell him you think this place is a great ‘Chicago bar.’ Chances are good you’ll get a drink out of it.

  • Crowd

    Eclectic mix of Streeterville residents and regulars, young professionals, businessmen, post-grad frat boys and party girls, and tourists, mid-20s to mid-30s and some 40+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox with several hundred tunes from oldies to Top 40. Six flat-screen TVs tuned to sports or primetime shows. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Food served from Downtown Dogs next door, usually until 11pm (10pm in winter), including hot dogs, Polish sausages, nachos, and fries.

  • Prices

    Hot dogs, sausages, and nachos $3–$5. Beer $2.50–$6.50, wine $6+, cocktails $4–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Anything goes: early crowd in ripped jeans and t-shirts, post-work crowd in business attire, late post-clubbing crowd in trendy dresses and slacks.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weeknights and early evenings for a laid-back atmosphere, or Th–Sa, and game nights for the busiest scene and liveliest crowd.

  • Close By

    If Pippin’s is too crowded, the more spacious Streeter’s Tavern (50 East Chicago Avenue) is just around the corner and boasts numerous bar games, including a four-foot-tall Jenga.

Pippin's Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
Cool spot with friendly staff
Maria S. Feb 19, 2013
This quirky tavern stands out from its surroundings. It is a small spot that decorates itself with throw back photos of Chicago landmarks and holiday decor. The bar sits like a kitchen island, welcoming guests from all corners. When I went, there was a Blackhawks game and college basketball games playing that night, catering to a unified sports alliance; it was neat to hear a bell in the center bar rung each time we scored. Overall, my friends and I really enjoyed this place-staying longer than anticipated.
Awesome bar, but avoid it on weekends
Christina W. Dec 9, 2012
I love this place. I used to work just a few blocks away, and Pippin's is the perfect spot to enjoy a post-work beer (or whiskey, depending on how your day went). Whether I finished my shift at 4pm or 11pm, I loved spending an hour in Pippin's to unwind. The bar itself is hilarious. The exterior looks like some sort of shack that was shoved into the stone facade of the high-rise it occupies. Inside there is so much STUFF that I don't even know what they are trying to achieve. It's kitschy and goofy, and I totally love it. From old photos to a lamp crafted to look like a woman's stockinged leg, to string lights all over the bar, the decor is entertaining in it's own right. One warning: do not go late on a busy night, including Friday or Saturday. I made the mistake of going to Pippin's on New Year's Eve at 2am and I have never seen so many drunk idiots in one place. It was a mess. So yeah, I highly recommend going early in the week or early in the night. If you go before 11pm you can get food from the hot dog stand next door delivered to your table!
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