Party Earth Review Popular watering hole The Lion Head Pub manages to draw a clientele as diverse as its Lincoln Park surroundings, from broke students and rowdy sports fans to clubbers pre-gaming before adjourning to the sister nightclub... ... read full review
2251 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Brown, Purple, Red Lines: Fullerton
M–F 3pm–2am, Sa 3pm–3am, Su 3pm–2am. Venue opens at 11am on weekends during football season
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
Popular watering hole The Lion Head Pub manages to draw a clientele as diverse as its Lincoln Park surroundings, from broke students and rowdy sports fans to clubbers pre-gaming before adjourning to the sister nightclub upstairs.
Starving college kids and budget-conscious button-downs gather early in the evening to devour daily specials like $2 sliders or Friday’s free wings, as frat types keep an eye on SportsCenter via the thirty-odd flat-screens.
Two large bars keep the drinks flowing, though smart beer hounds grab the popular table tapper – a 90-ounce tower of frothy goodness intended to be shared…but normally isn’t.
Chicago sports memorabilia and electric guitars adorn the walls, and a jukebox in the corner allows patrons to set the mood, which normally translates to Top 40 as the weekend sets in.
A shot girl wanders the tables on Fridays and Saturdays, her tray lined with test tubes of lemondrops, kamikazes, and other deadly sweets, making it easy for glammed-up girls and Ed Hardy-loving muscle men to fuel up before busting a move at The Apartment on the second level.
Weekends routinely see the bar shoulder to shoulder with rowdy beer guzzlers, but the party scene meets its rival when the Bulls or Blackhawks are on and sports lovers pile in to holler and tap those tappers.
No matter the time, three gaping lion statues line The Lion Head Pub’s façade, adroit representations of this bumping bar’s motto as the place where Lincoln Park roars.
Sports lovers, broke college kids, rowdy students, frat types, and a steady flow of glammed-up girls and slicked-back dudes flowing in and out of The Apartment upstairs on the weekends, 20s to 30s+.
More than two dozen flat-screens tuned to sports. Soft rock on the jukebox in the early evening, transitioning to Top 40.
Pub grub menu including sliders and steaks, flatbread pizza, chicken tacos, and wings. Food specials daily, including free wings on Fridays from 4–7pm with beverage purchase.
Bears Brunch breakfast buffet served on Sundays during NFL season.
Appetizers $5–$8, entrées $5–$8. Beer $3–$6, wine $5, cocktails $6–$10, table tappers $10–$25.
Casual to trendy: button-downs, jeans, plaid shirts, and sweatshirts early in the week to high heels, Ed Hardy shirts, glam mini-dresses, and high-top sneakers on weekends.
Since the venue is an official Bulls and Blackhawks bar, it’s a good bet for any major local sporting event, especially basketball and hockey games, or Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm for a pumped-up scene of pre-gaming bros and dolled-up girls.
Halligan Bar (2274 North Lincoln Avenue) is another sports bar with even cheaper drink specials, but no food.