Party Earth Review Depending on the time of day, there’s a little bit of everything at Old Town Social, from an upscale sports bar and a restaurant featuring locally sourced products to a DJ-driven lounge. What doesn’t change at this former... ... read full review
455 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Sedgwick; Red Line: North/Clybourn
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
Old Town, Chicago –
Depending on the time of day, there’s a little bit of everything at Old Town Social, from an upscale sports bar and a restaurant featuring locally sourced products to a DJ-driven lounge.
What doesn’t change at this former warehouse is the antique vibe, be it in the front parlor with the fireplace, vintage armchairs, and patterned red wallpaper or in the back space where deep velvet curtains hide romantic tables.
In the main room, polished rafters and enormous skylights arch high over a long wooden bar, where preppy fans and grown-up former bros gather to down craft drafts like Allagash White and London Pride and stare at the more than two dozen flat-screens.
Huddled around scattered high tables, successful businessmen throw back belts of bourbon and dive into cheese platters, while couples and yupster packs take to the handful of private booths – some with their own TV – and feast on dishes from a menu that includes BBQ beef brisket sandwiches, New Orleans-style beignet donuts, and lots of charcuterie.
As the evening wears on, tables are cleared, flat-screens vanish behind wooden cabinets, the ambient rock dinner music turns to high-energy house/pop party tunes, and a glammed-up crowd arrives to dance the night away.
Brunch brings the whole crew back on the weekends for Benedicts, bananas Foster, and a little hair of the dog, but by day or by night, Old Town Social keeps Old Town Chicago full of fresh food and fresher faces.
Well-dressed young professionals, preppy sports fans, yuppies, craft beer lovers, social groups of girls, and a dolled-up party crowd at night, mid-20s to 40s+.
Guest DJs on Industry Tuesdays play country, rock, or mellow tunes. All-acoustic live music on Wednesdays. DJs spin high-energy house, pop, and contemporary party tunes Thursday through Saturday nights.
More than two dozen flat-screens tuned primarily to sports. Ambient low-tempo rock during dinner and early evening.
Locally sourced menu includes burgers, fish, salads, and an extensive selection of cheese and charcuterie.
Food specials change daily depending on what is locally available. Limited late-night menu available 10pm–close.
Brunch $5–$16+, starters $5–$8, salads $8–$12.50, burgers/sandwiches $9–$13, late night menu $4–$18. Beer $4–$22+, wine $9–$12+/glass or $34–$125+/bottle, cocktails $6–$12, whiskey and scotch $8–$38+.
Preppy to clubwear: button-downs, blazers, sexy skirts, heels.
Tuesdays for the half-price food and drink specials, Thursday through Saturday nights for the upscale dance club vibe, or any time a major game is on to catch some sports in style.
Benchmark (1510 North Wells Street) is another sports bar/club that pulls double duty as Chicago’s first rooftop beer garden and its first rooftop beer garden with a giant retractable roof.