Bangers & Lace

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Bangers & Lace One of the first stops along the hopping Division Street stretch, Bangers & Lace is a cozy, hops-focused bar popular with young beer lovers looking for craft brews and the savory sausages to go with them. Chicago United States 41.9034442 -87.6702367
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Bangers & Lace - Beer Hall | Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review One of the first stops along the hopping Division Street stretch, Bangers & Lace is a cozy, hops-focused bar popular with young beer lovers looking for craft brews and the savory sausages to go with them. An intimate... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bangers & Lace Review

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One of the first stops along the hopping Division Street stretch, Bangers & Lace is a cozy, hops-focused bar popular with young beer lovers looking for craft brews and the savory sausages to go with them.

One of the first stops along the hopping Division Street stretch, Bangers & Lace is a cozy, hops-focused bar popular with young beer lovers looking for craft brews and the savory sausages to go with them.

An intimate lodge décor featuring landscape murals and dozens of taxidermy animals forms the backdrop for the young professionals who settle in at the grandiose wooden bar to linger over unusual international brews and Chicago-style hot dogs, while a small sidewalk seating area attracts daytime shoppers taking a break over creative cocktails and people-watching.

Those looking to flirt with stylish girls and frat boys can try to snag a spot at the long community table in the front room, or join the hipsters perched on high bar stools beneath elaborate white lace curtains.

Diners, meanwhile, can head to the dimly-lit room in the back, where affluent finance types try to enjoy truffle grilled cheese sandwiches or smoked venison sausage beneath the scornful gaze of a large stuffed buck.

Perfect for ending a day of shopping or beginning an evening on the town, Bangers & Lace offers a comfy environment and a great selection of brews guaranteed to satisfy its beer-curious clientele.

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Tip from Jonah:

The ‘Lace’ in the name refers to the veil of beer foam that clings to the glass of a well-crafted beer. To learn more, try The Six-Pack, a flight of six unique two-ounce tasters grouped within a particular style. The round is only $9 and often includes some really rare beers.

  • Crowd

    Easygoing mix of hipsters, beer fanatics, some athletic frat types, stylish shoppers, and Wicker Park couples, mid-20s to mid-30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient jazz, rock, and old-school alternative hits. Occasional beer and cheese pairings and other beer-centric events. Check website for schedule.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Gastropub fare with an emphasis on sausage. Brunch served weekends before 3pm.

  • Prices

    Brunch $4–$8, appetizers $4, sandwiches $8–$13, hot dogs $3–$4. Beer $6–$10, wine $7–$9, craft cocktails $10, two-ounce beer tasters $2, flight of six specialty beers $9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy: jeans, flannel, relaxed-fit clothing, cocktail dresses, heels, slacks, button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weeknights for a laid-back atmosphere and Fridays and Saturdays for the busiest scene.

  • Close By

    Moonshine (1824 West Division Street) offers Southwest-influenced fare and a lengthy beer list, including six beers brewed in-house.

Bangers & Lace User Reviews

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Beer Royalty in Wicker!
Andrew D. Apr 25, 2013
The general public uses the term "good beer bar" way too loosely in Chicago. It's one thing if a bar has 40 taps of different beers, but at Bangers you will find at least 30 different types of beer that I can guarantee you have not tried before and might not ever find again. This is coming from a hardcore beer snob, people. The beer sommalier (that's right, I just coined that) here knows what he/she is doing - as they are able to seasonally select the best limited release and collaboration beers out there. Also, there is a harmonious balance of local, US micro, and foreign specialty beers. Marry these wonderful qualities with a fulfilling comfort food menu, and you have a Top 5 Chicago Beer Bar in my book. Hands down. The only knocks I could possibly have on this place would be the monotonous wait and crammed front-of-the-bar (it's inevitable on most nights) coupled with the possibility of the hipster bartender's beard hair falling into your beer. Cheers!
Unique and exciting beer selection
Christina W. Nov 14, 2012
This is one of the most unique beer spots I've come across in Chicago. They have a fantastic collection of craft beers, and the vibe is kind of upscale hipster, which actually comes across as really laid-back and not at all uppity. Now, the reason to come is definitely the beer: you'll find an eclectic and exciting selection of craft beers here that you won't find hardly anywhere else in the city. And on top of that they have killer sausages. It's a perfect spot to stop in for a beer after a day of shopping along Division Street! (And the decor is pretty sweet too...taxonomy up the wazoo!)
Upscale food and beer, cool crowd.
Jessica S. Sep 21, 2012
Great little quaint, trendy spot that brings a dash of hipster class to an otherwise saturated town chock-full of pubs and bars. I go to Bangers & Lace for its great selection of beer and ridiculously great bar food (you definitely aren’t getting fish and chips up in here, folks!...actually, scratch that, I think you can, but it won’t be the malt-saturated salt explosion you are used to). Their grilled cheese sandwich is maybe the greatest thing on the planet, beaten out only perhaps by the Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Their pretzels, deviled eggs, and the foiegras hot dogs are also ridic. Fun spot. Busy as hell on weekends.
Cool little beer spot
Paul F. Sep 6, 2012
I was in Chicago on vacation and popped into this micro beer hall for a few pints. As you come in, you're met with a bar on the right (there's a nice patio out front), wooden tables down the middle, and a whole area in back with tables and banquette seating. The crowd was young, probably early to mid 20s. But mostly young professionals, fairly straight laced. THE reason to come here is for the beer as they have tons of stuff on tap that I've never heard of, beer experts behind the bar ready to tell you all about them. I tried 3 different kinds and couldn't resist plowing through a Chicago style hot dog as well - also incredible. Come for the beer, stay for the food, meet some new people along the way.
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