Red Ivy

Restaurant / Sports Bar
Red Ivy On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium's outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club-like... Chicago United States 41.946288 -87.655684
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Red Ivy - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium’s outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa 10am–3am, Su 10am–2am
    Bar opens at 10:30am for Cubs home afternoon games
    Closed M during the off-season

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Red Ivy Review

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On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium's outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club-like...

On a stretch of Clark Street next to Wrigley Field where almost every business is a sports bar, Red Ivy – named for the iconic ivy on the stadium’s outfield wall – fits right in, albeit with a slightly more upscale, club-like vibe bolstered by its vaulted ceiling, sultry red lighting, and weekend DJs.

Comparatively mellow during the week, the venue perks up on the weekends and big game days when long lines of well-dressed sports fans and young professionals make their way in to find a spot at the sleek mahogany bar, or meander through the dark red curtains into a semi-private room to settle into intimate wraparound booths.

A projection screen and nearly a dozen large TVs – including two in the men’s bathroom – ensure that no one misses a move, which is good news for the multiple generations of Cubs fans who show up on game days, noshing on paper-thin pizza and other Italian fare inspired by Palermo’s, a nearby restaurant under the same ownership.

The tone changes on Friday and Saturday evenings, however, when dinner with the parents gives way to a deluge of rowdy fraternity and sorority types who prefer dancing to DJ-spun hip-hop and house to checking out the scores.

Red Ivy may bill itself as a sports bar, but seeing as the raucous weekend crowd shows up all year long, sports are clearly not the only thing hiding behind those velvet curtains.

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Tip from Lucas:

Back in 2009, the owners knocked out a wall and discovered the remnants of an old speakeasy. They have since refurbished it as a semi-secret place to score a few potent cocktails. Ask the waiter about ‘1914.’ Even though it is technically a separate venue, the entrance is in the back of Red Ivy, and is a sweet spot for private parties.

  • Crowd

    Young and old sports fans, fraternity and sorority types, and young professionals, early 20s to early 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Nearly a dozen TVs and a large projection screen. Replica Cubs scoreboard above main bar. DJs spin hip-hop and house Fridays and Saturdays. Theme nights during the Cubs off-season. The venue is a supporter of the Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls, as well as the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State football.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar menu with an Italian twist including bruschetta, crostini, pasta, and pizza.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $7–$8, entrées $9–$19, pizzas $14–$15. Beer $5–$9, wine $6–$8, cocktails $6–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy: sports jerseys, jeans, t-shirts, button-downs, miniskirts, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    During Cubs games, especially when they play at home, and Fridays and Saturdays year round for a young and rowdy crowd.

  • Close By

    For a more casual vibe, Uberstein (3478 North Clark Street) offers a German-style beer hall with liter steins and large schnitzel.

Red Ivy User Reviews

Average rating:
Sundays with the Chitown Dawg Pound
Molly G. Apr 2, 2013
Leaving Cleveland during football season was heartbreaking for me. I am a Browns fan for life and moving to a new city will never change that. I knew watching the Browns in Chicago will be very different and I will know I am very far away from Cleveland Browns stadium. I had heard from a friend about the Browns bar on Clark Street and knew I had to check it out since it was only a few blocks away from my apartment. When I entered the bar I was approached by the bouncer who immediately made a point to check and make sure I had my Browns gear on and then handed me a raffle ticket. I thought a raffle ticket this is going to be great the prizes included Browns gear and random Cleveland things such as Progressive field Stadium mustard, GLBC beer, Michael Symon cook books, and etc. I walked up to the bar to see all the bartenders in Cleveland Great Lakes Brewery Company T-shirts which happens to be own by my Uncles, I immediately felt home. With about 5 GLBC beers on Tap, discounted, and received a raffle ticket for every purchase I got my Dortmund draft and went to find a seat (which was very difficult since it was packed). I ordered an appetizer and they were out fast and tasted great. Then the Browns had gotten a touch down as sirens went off and confetti cannons shot out orange and brown the DJ blares the Barbra Streisand song which is changed to "Brownies Touchdown" he screams over the music to notify everyone that for the next 5 minutes a special of 2 for 1 bomb shot special which is a steal in Chicago. I was blown away with my experience and attending any Sunday I could. If you are a Browns fan or just appreciate a good time with the great people of Cleveland this is your new Fall hangout!
Upscale and Modern within a Sports Bar?
Sarah N. Apr 2, 2013
Picture a really nice, upscale Wrigley bar. That is Red Ivy. There’ s no shortage of service or booze. Whether you’re looking for that rowdy Wrigley experience or simply want a clean, dimly lit place to hang out in, Red Ivy is it. This well-run, professional lounge, within the confines of the Friendly Confines experience, is one of the best examples I’ve seen. The flexibility of an anything-goes sports bar with an upscale, modern take is the reason why it’s one of the Wrigleyville hot spots of the moment. Come ready to take some shots, absorb the tunes of the DJ, and have some fun.
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