Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Restaurant / Sports Bar
Sweetwater Tavern and Grille Located at the south end of the city's famously ritzy Magnificent Mile, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is a cavernous sports bar and restaurant with an upscale, minimalist vibe. Chicago United States 41.886096 -87.624424
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Party Earth Review Located at the south end of the city’s famously ritzy Magnificent Mile, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is a cavernous sports bar and restaurant with an upscale, minimalist vibe. Floor-to-ceiling windows and dozens of plush... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: State/Lake

  • Phone:

    312-698-7111

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–W 11am–11pm, Th 11am–midnight, F 11am–1am, Sa 10am–1am, Su 10am–10pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sweetwater Tavern and Grille Review

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Located at the south end of the city's famously ritzy Magnificent Mile, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is a cavernous sports bar and restaurant with an upscale, minimalist vibe.

Located at the south end of the city’s famously ritzy Magnificent Mile, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is a cavernous sports bar and restaurant with an upscale, minimalist vibe.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and dozens of plush white booths around the perimeter provide a cozy spot for tourists and local professionals to enjoy some of the seventy beer options and a great view of the bustling shoppers outside.

The views are equally good of the game thanks to twenty large-screen TVs scattered throughout the single room, so patrons won’t miss a play whether they’re huddled up in the booths or gathered around the dark red tables in the community seating area.

Jagged travertine pillars neatly split the center of the space, while a long wooden bar along the right side is usually packed with after-work drinkers and sports fans, as well as hungry shoppers stopping in for some hearty mac and cheese or seasoned lamb chops.

In warm weather, patrons can make their way out to the several dozen tables on the back patio for drinks and dinner under the stars.

Clearly popular as a lunch destination for local suits, Sweetwater Tavern and Grille also serves as a prime spot for upscale sports enthusiasts and rowdy college kids alike looking to catch a game and a beer in arguably the chicest part of town.

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Tip from Lucas:

Make a beeline for the communal tables by the bar in the evening. Although the host seats customers there during the day, at night it really is a community area where mingling is strongly encouraged.

  • Crowd

    College-age sports fans, young and older professionals for weekday lunch and after-work specials, tourists, and upscale shoppers, 20s to 40+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    More than two dozen TVs tuned to major sporting events. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of hearty American cuisine, including lamb chops, skirt steak, and chicken pot pie.

  • Prices

    Brunch $5–$11, appetizers $10–$13, entrées $9–$19. Beer $4.50–$8, wine $9–$13/glass or $38–$50/bottle, cocktails $8–$12, mixed drinks $8–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual chic: work attire during the day and after work, jerseys and team shirts for game days.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Early evenings for a packed scene every night, and any time there’s a major televised sporting event and a rowdy crowd.

  • Close By

    Tilted Kilt (17 North Wabash), also known as the “Irish Hooters,” is another spacious sports bar three blocks west with fifty TVs and scantily-clad waitresses.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille User Reviews

Average rating:
Pretty cool bar downtown
Christina W. Dec 10, 2012
I like this place a fair amount. They have a good beer selection, and the food is actually quite good. Even the atmosphere is pretty nice, although it definitely feels like it's trying to live up to a "downtown Chicago" standard. Since it's right near the River, it's a little more upscale than I like, and consequently more expensive. But for a post-work beer or appetizer, it's actually a nice spot. Mostly businesspeople and young professionals, along with a few tourists who happen to wander in. Overall, it's a nice spot, but probably not someplace I would "recommend" as a place to go.
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