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 neighborhood... ... read full review
5210 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
Red Line: Berwyn
M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am
Andersonville / Edgewater, Chicago –
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.
Casual blue-collar regulars, after-work young professionals, and laid-back locals, late 20s to late 40s.
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.
Frozen pizza. Known for glögg, the seasonal Swedish mulled wine. Cash only.
Pizza $4–$8. Beer $3–$5, cocktails $5–$7, shots $4–$5, glögg $5.
Casual: sandals, graphic t-shirts, work clothes, ripped and frayed jeans, baseball hats.
Thursday and Friday evenings after work and any holiday for a relaxed vibe.
Konak, just down the street (5150 North Clark Street), offers pizza that wasn’t prepared in a microwave.