Simon's Tavern

Historic Bar / Pub
Simon's Tavern Established in 1934, Simon's Tavern has its roots planted deep in American history, with a red-hot (or blue-yellow) streak of Swedish pride to boot. Chicago United States 41.976585 -87.668759
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Simon's Tavern - Historic Bar | Pub in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Established in 1934, Simon’s Tavern has its roots planted deep in American history, with a red-hot (or blue-yellow) streak of Swedish pride to boot. Marked by a neon sign of a martini-drinking fish, this cozy... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Red Line: Berwyn

  • Phone:

    773-878-0894

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  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Simon's Tavern Review

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Established in 1934, Simon's Tavern has its roots planted deep in American history, with a red-hot (or blue-yellow) streak of Swedish pride to boot.

Established in 1934, Simon’s Tavern has its roots planted deep in American history, with a red-hot (or blue-yellow) streak of Swedish pride to boot.

Marked by a neon sign of a martini-drinking fish, this cozy neighborhood bar features a décor of Viking and hunting paraphernalia, including a giant mural of the original owner celebrating the take-down of a deer, as well as a bar area done up in everything from Swedish flags and the mounted heads of big game to miniature Viking shrines.

A small open annex in the back sports two navy blue couches and an electric brick fireplace, the perfect place for the gatherings of blue-collar regulars looking to warm their toes and throw back some signature glögg wine, while a triple-plated glass window and steel door set in the wall harkens back to the venue’s depression-era double life of bar and check-cashing establishment.

Nowadays, the laid-back atmosphere attracts mellow young professionals and loyal regulars who converge at the bar to chat and keep an eye on the score.

A real throwback to another era, Simon’s Tavern has remained relatively unchanged over the decades, making it a neighborhood staple for those looking for authentic Swedish drinks and an easygoing vibe.

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Tip from Emma:

If you can find the five animals hidden in the big hunting mural and whisper them to the bartender, you’ll be allowed to wear the bar’s Viking hat and drink free all evening!

  • Crowd

    Casual blue-collar regulars, after-work young professionals, and laid-back locals, late 20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Retro jukebox playing oldies and 90s rock music. Two TVs tuned to sports or local news. Occasional live music and events. Check website for details.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Frozen pizza. Known for glögg, the seasonal Swedish mulled wine. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Pizza $4–$8. Beer $3–$5, cocktails $5–$7, shots $4–$5, glögg $5.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: sandals, graphic t-shirts, work clothes, ripped and frayed jeans, baseball hats.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday and Friday evenings after work and any holiday for a relaxed vibe.

  • Close By

    Konak, just down the street (5150 North Clark Street), offers pizza that wasn’t prepared in a microwave.

Simon's Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
Your Perfect Dive Bar
Peter Z. Mar 19, 2013
Walking in to Simon's Tavern in Andersonville, nestled in a cozy section along Clark Street, is like entering your favorite uncle's bar. Well, your favorite uncle's bar that also happens to have the best jukebox on the north side of the city. Warm and inviting, you will immediately feel right at home at Simon's. The bar is steeped in tradition, it's a place where neighborhood folks would come to cash their paychecks. The beer selection is good and the service is always friendly. And you have to visit the place during the holiday season because it turns into a winter wonderland, replete with festive lights, a Christmas tree, Swedish decorations and a Dancing Santa. And you can take it all in while drinking the most delicious Glogg you will ever have.
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