Party Earth Review Biker décor, a massive beer and whiskey selection, and porn are probably among the first details regulars would use to describe the Twisted Spoke, though that’s not all this popular West Town hangout has to offer. Opened... ... read full review
501 North Ogden Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642
Blue Line: Grand, Chicago
M–F 11am–2am, Sa 9am–3am, Su 9am–2am
West Town, Chicago –
Biker décor, a massive beer and whiskey selection, and porn are probably among the first details regulars would use to describe the Twisted Spoke, though that’s not all this popular West Town hangout has to offer.
Opened in 1995 as an ironically self-proclaimed “family biker bar,” the venue sports a rusted metal façade featuring a skeleton riding a vintage motorcycle, with more bikes buried in a planter box by the entrance.
Inside, biker paraphernalia from piston blocks to complete Harleys adorns the walls, while literally hundreds of beer and whiskey options await behind the long curved bar.
Tattooed hipsters and casual young professionals sidle up for a few snorts of rye, or move to the large rooftop patio, where grizzly retired bikers and wannabe wanderers dirty the myriad picnic tables with remnants of their cheese steaks and sloppy Joes.
Weekends see young couples and easygoing groups gathering for the popular and heavily garnished Bloody Marys and brunch, or dropping in late Saturdays for Smut & Eggs, a weekly showing of X-rated films along with more brunch fare.
Hardcore and a little quirky, Twisted Spoke is sure to satisfy anyone in the mood for world-class whiskey, hearty grub, motorcycle mayhem, and broadcast boobies.
Eclectic mix of young professionals, tattooed hipsters, artsy types, some yuppies, and older regulars, mid-20s to 40s+.
Radio playing hard rock, blues rock, punk, and country. Porn on Saturdays at midnight.
Bar food including sandwiches, burgers, steaks, and sloppy Joes. Brunch served weekends until 3pm.
Brunch menu $6.50–$12, soups and salads $4–$8, sandwiches $8.75–$10.50, entrées $11.25–$16. Beer $5.50–$10, cocktails and whiskey $7–$13+, Bloody Marys $8.
Casual to biker gear: jeans, vintage t-shirts, leather jackets, heavy boots.
Weekends for the popular brunch, Saturday nights for the pornography, or anytime to sample the extensive drinks list.
Undoubtedly one of the smallest bars in town at barely three feet at its narrowest point, The Matchbox (770 North Milwaukee Avenue) offers homemade pineapple- and ginger-infused vodkas to all who manage to cram inside.