Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    Lottie's Pub - Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie’s Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood. Named for a six-foot transvestite who allegedly ran the joint in the thirties, the venue’s ... more

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    The Lion Head Pub - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Popular watering hole The Lion Head Pub manages to draw a clientele as diverse as its Lincoln Park surroundings, from broke students and rowdy sports fans to clubbers pre-gaming before adjourning to the sister nightclub upstairs. Starving college kids and budget-conscious button-downs gather early in the evening to devour ... more

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    The Bad Apple - Bar | Burger Joint | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A haven for beer and burger lovers, neighborhood favorite The Bad Apple combines a sizeable drinks list with a gut-busting menu of gourmet beef sure to satiate even the hungriest hipster, college student, or area yuppie. Sure, there are a few fancy sandwiches available like seared pork belly and braised brisket, but most ... more

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    Lincoln Hall - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review A combination bar, restaurant, and music venue developed by the same group behind Schubas Tavern, Lincoln Hall offers live alternative, indie, rock, or acoustic concerts every night, as well as laid-back dining and drinking. Located in the heart of thriving Lincoln Park, the 8,400-square-foot venue features a roster of ... more

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    Laschet's Inn - Bar | German Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review The black eagle on the bright yellow sign – Germany’s official coat of arms – might seem ominous to some, but patrons at Laschet’s Inn inevitably find warmth and good cheer inside this authentic bierstube. The stained wood bar takes up most of the panel-ceilinged front room, its vinyl high-backs habitually lined with chatting ... more

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    Hungry Brain - Dive Bar | Pub in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Named after the bar in the 1960s Jerry Lewis film Visit to a Small Planet, Hungry Brain is a relaxed neighborhood dive that’s as quirky as Lewis himself. Patrons enter through what looks like a derelict storefront and into a large open room full of random sofas and chairs, from cracked leather davenports to plastic cafeteria ... more

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A huge chunk of Chicago’s social life revolves around the residents’ deep love of beer and sports, but it’s not just in the shadow of the stadiums where this bromance of booze and ballgames exists.

There are thousands of bars and clubs in Chicago – dominating every major street and tucked into the quietest residential blocks – so if a home team is playing, it’s a guarantee the game will be on in a nearby drinking establishment. Buckets of bottled beer make it easy to keep the table supplied with rounds of cheap suds, while delicately crafted microbrews show up on tap at even the lowliest dives.

Many gastro-pubs expertly pair food with one of their hundreds of beers, but it’s just as easy to find a hefty slice of deep dish pizza and a Bud. Add to this sudsy cheese-layered mix a fervent post-college energy – fueled by the thousands of Big 10 graduates who swarm the city every year – and party hubs like Rush & Division take on the feel of massive nightly tailgate parties whether there’s a game to go with them or not.

Though bars are easily the most common nightlife destinations, an array of clubs and lounges still draw crowds in the Second City. Chicago is a major hub where the Midwest’s economic and social elite come to live, work, and play, and high-end neighborhoods like River North and the Gold Coast cater to their demands for posh, privileged, and preferential treatment.

Crazy Chicago bars and clubs, chic lounges, and rooftop hotspots provide late-night excitement for the most stylish night owls, and many licenses keep the party going until 5am.

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  1. Lucas

    Sports? Pub crawls? Rowdy bars? Good beer? Then check out these suggestions from Lucas:

    Red Ivy - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Public House - Gastropub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / Affluent

    Houndstooth Saloon - Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / Bar Food

    Lucas Likes: Beer Sports Rowdy Casual Anything goes Bar Flirty

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  2. Adriana

    Exclusive hotspots? Chic crowds? Bottle service? Posh shopping? Then check out these suggestions from Adriana:

    ROOF on theWit - Hotel Bar | Lounge | Restaurant | Rooftop Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    The Aviary - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Ambient

    Enclave - Club in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Adriana Likes: Exclusive Nightclub Fashion Forward Shopping Jetsetter Lounge Hotel Bar High End / Exclusive

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  3. Jonah

    Eclectic crowds? Authentic bars? Live music? Nothing mainstream? Then check out these suggestions from Jonah:

    Hüettenbar - Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Kingston Mines - Blues Club | Historic Bar | Jazz Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    The Hideout - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago.

    30s / Cover charge

    Jonah Likes: Live Music Eclectic Indie Alternative Non-mainstream Laid back Conversational Creative / Art / Music Types

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  4. Emma

    Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma:

    Halligan Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Nacional 27 - Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / Affluent

    Ravens - Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Emma Likes: Happy Hour Culture Dancing Lively Budget-friendly Sightseeing Party Groups

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Explore Chicago Bars and Clubs by Neighborhood

Lincoln Park

Lilly's Bar - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago. more bars in Lincoln Park

Wicker Park / Bucktown

Debonair Social Club - Bar | Club | Live Music Venue in Chicago. more bars in Wicker Park / Bucktown

River North

Nacional 27 - Club | Restaurant in Chicago. more bars in River North

Lakeview

Elbo Room - Bar | Live Music Venue in Chicago. more bars in Lakeview

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