The Owl

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The Owl The Owl is a popular late night bar in Chicago's Logan Square. Check out this great Chicago hipster joint at Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.927192 -87.704134
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Party Earth Review As its name suggests, The Owl is a late-night spot popular with Logan Square’s ineradicable hipsters looking to roost till the sun comes up. The expansive single-room space, with its long line of globed pendant lights... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 7pm–4am, Sa 7pm–5am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Owl Review

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The Owl is a popular late night bar in Chicago's Logan Square. Check out this great Chicago hipster joint at Party Earth.

As its name suggests, The Owl is a late-night spot popular with Logan Square’s ineradicable hipsters looking to roost till the sun comes up.

The expansive single-room space, with its long line of globed pendant lights and undulating hardwood bar, bears some resemblance to the chi-chi lounges slowly working their way into this ever-gentrifying neighborhood, but the vibe is undeniably casual and the crowd’s drink of choice invariably comes in a can.

If $2.50 PBRs aren’t enough for the tatted connoisseurs, however, a decent selection of craft beers are also on hand – though no matter what anyone is drinking, a fake stone fountain seeping water behind the bar makes them all have to pee. The sounds of running water get drowned out with conversation long before closing, however, for despite its late hours The Owl is not merely a haven for last call but also a popular early evening destination.

Art students, cool cat post-grads, and even a few luxury condo owners from the area gather on stools and around high-topped wooden tables in the front, or make their way down the mirrored hallway to the small dance floor surrounded by couches and velvet armchairs.

Not surprising given its regular patrons, the music at the venue is relegated to an old-school CD jukebox, home to an eclectic selection from Dinosaur Jr. to Elvis Presley.

Mixing edginess with refinement, The Owl is a perfect reflection of what Logan Square has become, and a great spot for everyone to celebrate their nocturnal tendencies.

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Tip from Jonah:

With cool restaurants and bars everywhere, Logan Square has a ton going on, but it’s still hard to find a cab on the street. If you don’t want to take the train or a bus at 5am, plan ahead!

  • Crowd

    Hipsters, grad students, creative types, and early-gentrifying yuppies, with odds and ends from across the spectrum popping in for last call, mid-20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Old-school jukebox. Two inconspicuous TVs tuned to local sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food, but menus are available from nearby restaurants, and patrons are welcome to bring food in.

  • Prices

    Beer $2.50–$12, mixed drinks $7–$12, shots $4–$8. Party packages $25–$30/person.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: skinny jeans, fedoras, quirky dresses, and some fancier duds on the late-night party crowd.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for the $2 beer specials or Friday and Saturday nights before midnight for a packed house that doesn’t die down till closing.

  • Close By

    The Whistler (2421 North Milwaukee) isn’t open as late, but serves up popular live music and craft cocktails to a similar artsy crowd.

The Owl User Reviews

Average rating:
Craft beer, a jukebox and open late? SOLD.
Giana D. Jun 18, 2013
Within blocks of the heart of Logan Square perches The Owl, an after hours bar that brings an eclectic crowd of 20 and 30 somethings together to enjoy a late evening of craft beer, conversation and dancing to the rhythm of their own chosen beats. With 20 beers on tap and an extensive list of bottles and cans, The Owl caters to those that prefer to drink quality beer and cocktails, making the crowd more trendy and less trashy. If you're like myself and insist on taking over the jukebox, the bar's website includes a list of all artists and albums to currently choose from, presenting the convenient option to compose a songlist before your night out rather than spending 20 minutes during ("aint nobody got time fo' dat!"). Although The Owl can sometimes get very busy, fear not impatient party goers, a bar in the front room, back room and also table service ensures you'll get your drink of choice in a reasonable amount of time.
Fun, open, and off the beaten path
Terrence C. Apr 8, 2013
A bit off the beaten path in Logan Square, The Owl is a great after hours place to end your night. Chicago is a city of neighborhoods that attracts a wide array of people. If you’re frustrated with the velvet rope mafia in River North and find yourself rolling your eyes at the crunchy hipsters in Wicker Park, The Owl is a nice reprieve. Music snobs need not apply. The Owl plays some of everything. From hip hop to indie rock, with a mix of electronic, and even some metal at times, approach The Owl’s music with an open mind and ear. Bartenders are no non-sense, so you’d be best with just ordering a beer or a simple cocktail. Rather you’re jeans and converses type of person or more of a black-tie ready type of dresser, simply come, as you are – no judgments. Be sure to have Hailo on speed dial as The Owl truly is off the beaten path and not adjacent to any public trains. But if your nightlife social calendar needs a bit of a facelift, The Owl won’t disappoint with it’s open atmosphere.
Nice-looking bar that fits in with the "new" Logan Square
Brinda G. Dec 7, 2012
The Owl *looks* fantastic-- kind of a moody, rustic, yet polished vibe-- and the crowd looks great too. It's an interesting mix of hipster/artist types. I’m sure the whole gentrified-hipster thing annoys many, but I think it’s a fine place to have a drink while possibly meeting chill people. The Owl isn’t a too-cool-for-school dive that tries to hard to be authentic. It fits right in with the new Logan Square, the one with foodie favorites like Longman & Eagle. In fact, this bar would be the perfect place for a nightcap after dinner there. Let’s not call the vibe here “gentrified hipster.” Let’s call it “hipster with a paycheck.”
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