The Long Room

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The Long Room Friday and Saturday night visitors attempting to slide past fellow patrons might momentarily curse this laid-back Lakeview haunt, because the Long Room is indeed quite long. Chicago United States 41.954384 -87.670173
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Party Earth Review Friday and Saturday night visitors attempting to slide past fellow patrons might momentarily curse this laid-back Lakeview haunt, because the Long Room is indeed quite long. The bar alone stretches some sixty feet – about... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 5pm–3am, Su 7pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Long Room Review

The Scene

Friday and Saturday night visitors attempting to slide past fellow patrons might momentarily curse this laid-back Lakeview haunt, because the Long Room is indeed quite long.

Friday and Saturday night visitors attempting to slide past fellow patrons might momentarily curse this laid-back Lakeview haunt, because the Long Room is indeed quite long.

The bar alone stretches some sixty feet – about half the entire venue – and there’s barely any room between the barstools and the tiny tables that flank the opposite wall. Choreographed shuffling becomes the norm as casually-dressed young professionals and breezy hipsters navigate the congestion with craft beers in hand, though successfully making it to the coveted open booths in back without spilling might as well be an Olympic sport.

The vintage photo booth gets solid use regardless of the night, with giggling girlfriends hamming it up and couples getting frisky, while cultured regulars in need of a little more breathing room escape through the rear door to the patio.

A number of selections from small Midwest breweries grace the drinks list, so Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana natives in need of a hometown favorite will fare especially well, while daily specials make it possible for even cash-strapped patrons to sample new drinks from all over the country.

Considering the lack of standard bar trappings like arcade games and TVs, it’s clear that the focus is on drinking and conversation, evident in the physically sedate but vocally loud masses cozying up in every corner.

Intimate and artsy, The Long Room is where beer snobs can get their fix, the less demanding can snag some PBRs, and everybody can banter without breaking the bank.

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Tip from Jonah:

Got a friendly, well-behaved dog? He’s welcome when it’s not too crowded, especially on the back patio. Order him a Dogfish Head IPA!

  • Crowd

    Broke-ass hipsters, musicians, artsy types, and creative professionals, mid-20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    An eclectic mix of mostly alternative rock. Vintage photo booth.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but patrons are welcome to bring food in. Limited free parking in adjacent lot.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$12+, wine $5–$9, cocktails and rails $6–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casually hip: jeans, checked shirts, fedoras, vests, flannel.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early in the week to enjoy the beer options without the crowd, Tuesdays for cheap PBRs, and Fridays and Saturdays after 8pm for a chance to squeeze down a long room.

  • Close By

    Ten Cat Tavern (3931 North Ashland Avenue) has a similar vibe, a cozy patio, and pool tables.

The Long Room User Reviews

Average rating:
A Claustrophobic’s Nightmare
Dennis S. Mar 24, 2013
A claustrophobic’s nightmare, The Long Room is indeed as long as it is not wide. The lone pathway from the front of the bar to the slightly wider back seating area is a long, narrow laneway between the seemingly never-ending wet bar itself and the table seating flanking the walls. Populate all the chairs and barstools with patrons and you are in for an adventure as you dodge elbows, drink spillers, and beer bellies. On a crowded night at The Long Room, you are guaranteed to feel the hands of a stranger move you out of the way along with the words “Excuse me” a dozen or so times. But luckily most of the Long Room’s patrons are nice and courteous and you might even make a new friend. The Long Room has an eclectic group of customers with a mix of 20-30 year olds, theater goers from the Chemically Imbalanced Theatre down the street, hipsters, beer connoisseurs, and first date couples. The intimate bar setting and dark lighting provide for a cozy atmosphere once you get settled in. There is a large variety of draft and bottled beer to choose from at prices that will not make you scream. If you are a fan of your typical variety of domestics, this is not the place for you. The photo booth and beer patio in the back also provide more entertainment and a solid option to escape from those bellying up the bar.
Pretty basic, friendly neighborhood bar
Brinda G. Dec 10, 2012
The Long Room was my office’s post-work hangout for years. Though the small room gets packed really fast, the crowd is always really friendly, and we love the bartenders. Good beer selection, though you won’t find cheap domestics—if that’s your thing. The beer garden isn’t the most picturesque, but it’s a nice hideaway from even less picturesque Irving Park Road. And they let you bring dogs! The Long Room’s décor is nothing great, but it’s too dark to care too much about that. One of the bar’s best selling points is the photo booth in the back. I feel like I’m not really friends with someone unless I have a photo booth strip of pics with them.
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