The Lodge Tavern

Historic Bar / Pub
The Lodge Tavern Opened in 1957, The Lodge Tavern is the oldest purveyor of drunken revelry on the infamous Rush and Division strip, and late-night hours ensure that anyone in the market for a rowdy 3am booze fest need look no further than this... Chicago United States 41.9039156 -87.6295116
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The Lodge Tavern - Historic Bar | Pub in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Opened in 1957, The Lodge Tavern is the oldest purveyor of drunken revelry on the infamous Rush and Division strip, and late-night hours ensure that anyone in the market for a rowdy 3am booze fest need look no further... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 2pm–4am, F, Su noon–4am, Sa noon–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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Opened in 1957, The Lodge Tavern is the oldest purveyor of drunken revelry on the infamous Rush and Division strip, and late-night hours ensure that anyone in the market for a rowdy 3am booze fest need look no further than this...

Opened in 1957, The Lodge Tavern is the oldest purveyor of drunken revelry on the infamous Rush and Division strip, and late-night hours ensure that anyone in the market for a rowdy 3am booze fest need look no further than this venue’s shingled façade and peanut-encrusted floors.

Reminiscent of an old English pub, the space is compact and full of hardcore weekend warriors and boisterous tourists, who crowd the long wooden bar and scattered tables for potent mixed drinks and libidinous staring contests.

Drunken patrons in everything from dirty work jeans to post-convention button-downs yell out toasts and cheers, or swerve their way back to the mini-bowling machine and old-school jukebox where they try to focus on the swirly words.

Those with a salt craving will find baskets of peanuts – lots of ‘em – at the bar, in corners, and on every available ledge, not to mention underfoot, turning the place into an obstacle course for the groups of girlfriends stumbling around in heels.

Rambunctious but always friendly, The Lodge Tavern is an easy choice for a midday brew or a raucous last call.

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Tip from Emma:

Crack a peanut and slip it on your earlobe to get the employee treatment: $1 off your drinks every Thursday!

  • Crowd

    Rowdy college students, young professionals, blue-collar regulars, tourists and suburbanites, and older patrons looking for younger blood, early 20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Shuffleboard bowling machine. Jukebox with music ranging from classic rock to 90s pop hits. TV tuned to sports. Free board games.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Free peanuts. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Beer $4–$6, wine $7–$10, mixed drinks $5.50–$9.50, shots $2–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, blouses, flats, sneakers, or work clothes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for a guaranteed night of boozed-up, blottoed buffoonery.

  • Close By

    Butch McGuire’s (20 West Division Street) right across the street is a big family-owned Irish pub with a similar, though slightly less rowdy, vibe.

The Lodge Tavern User Reviews

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The Lodge Tavern
Maria S. Feb 1, 2013
The Lodge's unique facade opens to a tiny interior reminiscent of a ski chalet. While peanuts may line the floors, the throwback decor welcomes a laid back feel, circa collegiate days filled with jukebox tunes. It seems like a local bar, with patrons on a first name basis with bartenders and one another. They unfortunately don't carry ciders, but have good local beer specials.
So many peanuts
Christina W. Dec 13, 2012
Oh, the Lodge. I am not a fan of any of the Gold Coast bars along that main strip, and The Lodge Tavern is no exception. The one upside is that, unlike Butch McGuire’s or (the now closed) Finn McCool’s, it is so tiny that there isn’t really any room for real dancing. Yes, people will try to dance, and it will get crowded and awful, but at least it’s more of a bar and less of a dance-bar… Also, prepare for peanut shells EVERWHERE. They have free peanuts up at the bar, and as people eat them they just throw the shells all over the place. I can’t even explain what it was like because I’ve never seen anything like it. Truly a disgusting spot.
Not pretending
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
I happened upon The Lodge Tavern after stumbling out of Butch McGuire's, and I've got mixed feelings about it. Looking back, the floor was positively covered with peanuts, the jukebox was playing fratboy classics, the bar was slick with spilled drinks, and there were at least two couples eating face in the corners. It's surprising that there wasn't broken glass anywhere, and they should probably start serving their beer in solo cups. But I also remember laughing a lot and enjoying myself immensely. This place is pretty gross, but it's not trying to be anything than what it is, and for that reason, The Lodge Tavern is OK in my book.
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