Sluggers

Piano Bar / Restaurant / Sports Bar
Sluggers Centrally located in the wild Wrigleyville bar scene and just steps away from famed Wrigley Field, Sluggers manages to combine a sports theme, dueling pianos, a stripper pole, and indoor batting cages to create a one-stop venue... Chicago United States 41.9465581 -87.65603
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Sluggers - Piano Bar | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Centrally located in the wild Wrigleyville bar scene and just steps away from famed Wrigley Field, Sluggers manages to combine a sports theme, dueling pianos, a stripper pole, and indoor batting cages to create a one-stop... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Red Line: Addison; Brown Line: Southport

  • Phone:

    773-248-0055

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  • Hours:

    Bar: M–Th, Su 3pm–2am, F–Sa 11am–3am
    Grill: M–Th, Su 4–10:30pm, F–Sa 11am–11pm

    Batting cages usually close by midnight
    Hours may vary by sporting event

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sluggers Review

The Scene

Centrally located in the wild Wrigleyville bar scene and just steps away from famed Wrigley Field, Sluggers manages to combine a sports theme, dueling pianos, a stripper pole, and indoor batting cages to create a one-stop venue...

Centrally located in the wild Wrigleyville bar scene and just steps away from famed Wrigley Field, Sluggers manages to combine a sports theme, dueling pianos, a stripper pole, and indoor batting cages to create a one-stop venue for drinking and entertainment.

On the main floor, sports fans and fraternity types set up camp at the large central bar and surrounding high tables to pound beers and catch the game on more than two dozen TVs, while party girls dance to the beats of a DJ and order shots of Jäger from the tap.

A more laid-back atmosphere prevails downstairs, where the less sports-inclined go to shoot pool, hang out, and chat over drinks far from the screaming Cubs fans.

Perhaps the most unusual area, however, is the top floor, which draws a diverse crowd thanks to its double identity as dueling piano bar and free-for-all funhouse. Gamers generally head to the arcade room to play Skeeball and air hockey, while avid jocks and their tequila-charged pals do their best to hone their game at the five batting cages.

Just one room over, bachelorette parties and energetic ladies with their beaus get a little crazy to the sounds of the dueling pianos, belting out their favorite tunes and even dancing on the pianos around a built-in pole.

Many patrons often spend the whole night shouting out song requests without even realizing there’s a sports bar below, although plenty of guests make the rounds to check out the scene on each level.

Upbeat, mellow, and downright crazed all at once, Sluggers is a veritable adult playground with plenty of drinking on the side.

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Tip from Lucas:

Like most bars in the area, Sluggers goes crazy before and after Cubs home games. Off-season, it can be a very different experience. Plan your visit accordingly.

  • Crowd

    Cubs fans, sports lovers, fraternity and sorority types, late-night dancing crowd, college and post-grad partiers, music lovers, and laid-back bros early in the evening and on non-game days, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live DJ playing popular oldies tunes and Top 40 hits. Dueling pianos upstairs Thursdays through Saturdays and after every Cubs home game. Seven pool tables. Batting cages and game room, including Skeeball, air hockey, and numerous arcade games. Over thirty TVs tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Basic bar fare including burgers, cheese fries, and loaded potato skins.

  • Prices

    Dueling pianos cover charge $5, free on Thursdays. Appetizers $3.25–$13, pizza $9.50–$19.25+, burgers and sandwiches $8.25–$9.50. Beer $4–$9, cocktails $5–$12. Batting cages $2/10 pitches or $5/4 hours M, Th, and Su (non game days).

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to clubby: sports attire, Cubs gear, jerseys, baseball hats, jeans, skimpy shirts, cocktail dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Game days for an always busy and energetic scene, and Thursdays through Saturdays for the dueling pianos.

  • Close By

    The Cubby Bear (1059 West Addison) celebrates hardcore Cubs fans with pre- and post-game revelry.

Sluggers User Reviews

Average rating:
Transcends Normal Sports Bars
Pat E. Feb 22, 2013
Let's be honest- you can't expect too much when you walk into a Wrigleyville sports bar. Most Cubs fans and Chicagoans are satisfied with a dive that offers Old Style and PBR on tap with the required flat screen TV's and memorabilia covering all available wall space. Sluggers finds a way to offer this, while at the same time transcending the blandness typically associated with Chicago sports bars. Located close to the main entrance gates of Wrigley in one of the best bar areas in the country, Sluggers certainly offers a superb spot for game patrons and nightlife seekers alike. The bar's unique three floor layout is what elevates it from the dozens of bars that surround it. The second floor offers the typical, twenty-something bar scene. Top 20 beats and classic oldies blare on, regardless if there is a DJ or not. It can get way too crowded and extremely difficult to order a drink, particularly on game days. The lower floor is something of a hidden gem- many people don't even know it exists and it can serve as a respite from the masses that descend on Wrigleyville on game days. It's a little darker, but tables are often open down here and the music isn't quite as loud. Serious Cubs fans come down to relax and rehash the games events over a game of pool, away from the bustle upstairs. The third floor, however, is what truly distinguishes Sluggers. When you walk up the steps, you'll think you have arrived in a sort of post-college person's wonderland. Jam packed with pop-a-shots, skee ball units, pin-ball machines and other arcade games, competitive bros are in heaven. If you want some laughs, post up by the batting cages (yes, they have batting cages) and watch stoned former frat guys cut wildly at pitches while trying to prove their athletic mettle to their friends. In the next room, Sluggers has a fantastic dueling pianos show after every game. When they play classic hits, the whole floor will often sing along. It is difficult to maneuver your way around in Sluggers after Cubs games, but it is still worth checking out the action. Wrigleyville is a superb place to spend a full day, and the crowds often don't thin out until early in the morning. As far as drink specials go, Sluggers doesn't really offer much on game days. Wednesdays when there isn't a game, however, is a good time to go with $2 Coronas and $3 bombs. The menu isn't great, but it does offer a wide variety of foods.
Sluggers Is A lot of Fun
Katya G. Feb 19, 2013
Sluggers is definitely one of the best bars in Wrigleyville. There is just so much to do there. On the main floor, you can dance and mingle with the other guests. When you go upstairs, you can play arcade games, darts and do all sorts of other activities. The upstairs section also has a room for dueling pianos, which is my favorite part of the bar. Two guys will play the piano and sing all sorts of tunes. They even take requests and encourage you to sing along.
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