Clark Street Ale House

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Clark Street Ale House Clark Street Ale House in Chicago’s River North is a laid-back beer & whiskey den. Try the great selection & relax in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.8960991 -87.6313969
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Party Earth Review Laid-back vibes and a beer and whiskey selection in the hundreds make Clark Street Ale House a favorite for a wide variety of low-key sippers, at least those who prefer relaxed haunts to the customary amped-up glitz of... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Chicago

  • Phone:

    312-642-9253

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  • Hours:

    M–F 4pm–4am, Sa 11am–5am, Su 11am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Clark Street Ale House Review

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Clark Street Ale House in Chicago’s River North is a laid-back beer & whiskey den. Try the great selection & relax in Chicago with Party Earth.

Laid-back vibes and a beer and whiskey selection in the hundreds make Clark Street Ale House a favorite for a wide variety of low-key sippers, at least those who prefer relaxed haunts to the customary amped-up glitz of River North’s watering holes.

Passing through the bar’s heavy wooden door, patrons step into a large room with worn wooden floors scuffed by time and a simple tile ceiling. Tall bar tables face large glass doors that open in the warmer months, while a digital jukebox allows guests – red-faced from the ever changing list of drafts – to pick a hit before moving on to the next round.

The mirror-backed bar touts an expansive scotch and whiskey selection, enticing connoisseurs to chill with tumblers in hand as they chat up the bartenders, themselves elegantly dressed in ties and vests despite the casual air.

There’s usually a mixed crowd of white-collar Johns, blue-collar Joes, grizzled barflies, and cultured university kids, though many grab their drinks and head past the vintage mural and warmly lit wine racks to the back patio, where they can chill on iron furniture and enjoy a few flights by candlelight.

A great place to drink fine booze without a drop of pretension, Clark Street Ale House is an easy choice for anyone looking to simply “stop & drink” – just like the sign out front says.

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Tip from Jonah:

Apart from all the great spirits, Clark Street specializes in microbrews. Their selection of beers changes almost weekly, so be sure to go often for the latest $7 tasting flight!

  • Crowd

    Chill beer drinkers, white-collar after-work regulars, mellow students from nearby Loyola University, whiskey connoisseurs, anyone looking for one last late-night round, 20s to mid-50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Digital jukebox with various music selections. Two flat-screens near the bar likely tuned to sports. Arcade golfing console.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food. ATM and cigarette machine on site. Dog friendly.

  • Prices

    Beer $5–$8+, wine $8, scotch $8–$25, whiskey $8–$17+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to after-work dressy: nice jeans, flannel button-downs, slacks, blouses, cardigans, long skirts, wedges.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday or Saturday nights for a larger and livelier crowd, though there’s rarely anything approaching a raging party.

  • Close By

    Cafe Iberico (737 North La Salle Boulevard) is a good spot to fill up on tapas and sugary sweet sangria before refining the palate with fine whiskey and beer at Clark Street.

Clark Street Ale House User Reviews

Average rating:
Laid Back Atmosphere and a Great Drink Selection in River North
Daniel U. Mar 19, 2013
Clark Street Ale house is great bar nestled nicely in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Boasting a selection of nearly one hundred beers with close to two dozen on tap make this quaint establishment quite the popular destination. If endless amounts of good brew doesn't quite do it for you then there's always their scotch selection that just might. Serving over three dozen blends and single malts they'll have you covered on that front as well. During the summer like many bars in Chicago their patio is a very popular place to be. Great service, a huge selection and reasonable prices makes this a great place to stop by for a drink...or two.
Great summer bar!
Christina W. Dec 7, 2012
I've only been here once, but I loved it. They have a great beer list, good prices, and a fantastic patio! I actually don't think there is another bar in Chicago that has such a perfect post-work patio setting. The location is great as well. Being in River North, it's close to where many young professionals work, so it's an easy spot to get to for a drink with friends after a long day. The patio is comfortable and gets just the right amount of sun in mid-summer, so it's not too hot or too cold. Also they allow dogs! I didn't spend much time inside, but it seems to be one of those dark and cozy kind of bars, which I'm guessing is awesome in the wintertime. With such a great whiskey list, it must be the perfect spot to hole up on a cold day.
Open late, dogs allowed!
Kara M. Nov 3, 2012
Clark Street Ale House is an unusually laid back late-night bar in bustling River North area. I usually find myself here after being in one too many overcrowded and overpriced clubs or for a quick beer during our nightly dog walk. There isn't a kitchen but their beer and whiskey selection is phenomenal and during the summer, there is a quiet little brick patio hidden through a back door decorated only with hanging Christmas lights. Did I mention they allow dogs inside the bar?! The bartenders are knowledgeable, friendly and always look like they belong in the 1930's, complete with bow-ties, vests and starched, white button-up shirts. The prices are reasonable and their micro-brews are plentiful. I highly recommend stopping in for at least one drink to check out the casual atmosphere, and don't forget to bring Fido!
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