Bars and Clubs in Chicago

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    The Violet Hour - Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Camouflaged behind a colorful plank façade adorned with an ever-changing display of graffiti art, The Violet Hour offers an unexpected touch of upscale luxury to a neighborhood better known for dive bars and hipster hangouts. A series of dark blue floor-to-ceiling curtains part to reveal the various rooms of the venue ... more

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    Clover Sports & Leisure - Lounge | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review The subtle sensibilities of a speakeasy unite with modern appreciation of sport at Clover Sports & Leisure, a chill bar with a diehard dedication to University of Iowa football. That’s not to imply other games can’t be found there, what with more than a dozen flat-screens lining both sides of the ... 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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    Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club - Gay Bar | Gay Club | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Located in Chicago’s famous Boystown neighborhood, The Kit Kat Lounge is a lively spot where stylish gay men and large groups of straight girls sip colorful drinks and enjoy over-the-top tableside drag performances. A throwback to the boisterous supper clubs of the 1940s and old Hollywood glamour, the classy bar and restaurant ... more

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    Hopleaf Bar - Bar | Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

    Party Earth Review Popular with an amiable bunch of grad students and young professionals bent on conversation, the modest Hopleaf Bar harbors an intense dedication to beer, and lots of it. Every night, the worn wooden tables and booths on the first floor quickly fill up with easygoing patrons pouring over the selection of more than two hundred ... more

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    Sweetwater Tavern and Grille - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    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 white booths around the perimeter provide a cozy spot for tourists and local professionals to enjoy ... 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:

    Sheffield's - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    30s / Alternative Music

    Moe's Cantina - Bar | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Brownstone Tavern & Grill - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    Bar Food / Baseball Caps

    Halligan Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    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:

    The Aviary - Cocktail Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Ambient

    Cuvée - Bar | Lounge in Chicago.

    Affluent / Bar

    Studio Paris - Club | Lounge in Chicago.

    A-list / Blazers

    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:

    Schubas Tavern - Historic Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in Chicago.

    20s / 30s

    Delilah's - Bar | Whiskey Bar in Chicago.

    Anything goes / Arcade Games

    Longman & Eagle - Gastropub | Hotel | Restaurant | Whiskey Bar in Chicago.

    Artsy / Artsy

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

    20s / 30s

    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:

    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

Goose Island - Bar | Brewery | Drinking Activity | Restaurant 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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