Gingerman Tavern

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Gingerman Tavern Founded specifically for Wrigleyville heretics who don't care a lick about the Cubs - or at least don't care about rowdy sports bars - Gingerman Tavern attracts everyone from hardcore bikers to skinny-jeaned rockers who... Chicago United States 41.9503464799417 -87.6590538024902
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Party Earth Review Founded specifically for Wrigleyville heretics who don’t care a lick about the Cubs – or at least don’t care about rowdy sports bars – Gingerman Tavern attracts everyone from hardcore bikers to skinny-jeaned rockers who... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Red Line: Addison

  • Phone:

    773-549-2050

  • Hours:

    M–F 3pm–2am, Sa noon–3am, Su noon–2am
    Opens one hour earlier during Cubs games

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Gingerman Tavern Review

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Founded specifically for Wrigleyville heretics who don't care a lick about the Cubs - or at least don't care about rowdy sports bars - Gingerman Tavern attracts everyone from hardcore bikers to skinny-jeaned rockers who...

Founded specifically for Wrigleyville heretics who don’t care a lick about the Cubs – or at least don’t care about rowdy sports bars – Gingerman Tavern attracts everyone from hardcore bikers to skinny-jeaned rockers who couldn’t tell a Hail Mary from a Bloody one.

A true dive, the space features a dusty décor of old photographs, paintings, and an assortment of scuffed wooden furniture where regulars kick back for some low-key conversation.

The more energetic hipster crowd tends to stop at the bar to grab one of the hundred beers offered before heading to the larger back room, where two pool tables, a pinball machine, and Ms. Pacman provide entertainment.

Weeknights see a laid-back bunch of theater fanatics and improv actors huddled around child-size tables sharing take-out pizza and a few PBRs, while gruff older regulars nurse their pints and stare at the TV.

Although a tattooed contingent of indie kids and punk music lovers stop in before or after concerts at next door Metro, the bar tends to stay relatively calm even when crowded (at least compared to its Cubs-crazed neighbors further south on Clark).

The epitome of easygoing, Gingerman Tavern is a real haven for the anti-sports league looking to escape the wild Wrigleyville bar scene.

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Tip from Jonah:

Several pool scenes from Martin Scorcese's The Color of Money were shot in the second room – go rent that movie…right now! And check out the jukebox – it has pretty much every great song in the history of the universe.

  • Crowd

    Tattooed punks, hippies, hipsters, young professionals, theater fans, local actors, and Metro concertgoers, the occasional lost Cubs fan, early 20s to early 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Radio tunes including punk rock, 90s alternative, post-rock, and mellow indie jams. Two TVs. Two pool tables, Simpsons pinball machine, Ms. Pacman, and board games. Jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No kitchen, but patrons are welcome to bring in food from elsewhere. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Beer $3–$9, pitchers $12–$15+, wine $5, cocktails $5–$12. Pool $1/game.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, flannel, t-shirts, anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays through Wednesdays for free pool, or before or after any big concert at Metro next door.

  • Close By

    Raw Bar & Grill (3720 North Clark Street) is an art deco joint specializing in unique meats and seafood, and featuring specials on sangria, mojito, or wine.

Gingerman Tavern User Reviews

Average rating:
I can't believe it's Wrigleyville
Christina W. Dec 8, 2012
This place is so NOT Wrigleyville that I'm amazed it's just a block from Wrigley Field. The Gingerman Tavern feels like it existed decades before Wrigleyville was the place it is today, and maybe that's the case. Even if it's not, I want to believe it because this bar has an oldies feel that is totally wonderful. The main room has wood floors and feels slightly like a dive bar, but the arcade games in the corner lead me to believe that it was once an old-timey game room. The back room, however, has a tiled white-black floor and bar-like countertops around the walls that just scream 50s Diner. In my dreams, the game room and diner combined to explode into the lovely dive(ish) bar that it is today. Nothing super special about the drinks. But the place has a great vibe. Bartenders are nice but slighlty aloof (as they should be), and covered in sweet tattoos that, if you have the guts to ask them, they will tell you about. A great spot to spend an evening, and even better for a pre-Metro show drink!
A welcome haven from the Cubs
Chris M. Aug 27, 2012
I lived in Wrigleyville despite not being a Cubs fan nor a fan of Cubs fans and the Gingerman is an escape from Wrigley. It's almost amazing that you don't see more Cubs tourist-fans stumble in here by accident, but it is such a stark contrast from Cubby Bear or Murphy's and another block north that I guess it works itself out. I put myself more in the "go before seeing a show at the Metro" crowd rather than a regular, but it is a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere for anyone. I wish they had a kitchen so I could also get some food easily before heading to the Metro, but they let you bring in whatever you want which is nice. The best part about the Gingerman is the selection - the beer selection and the jukebox selection. Both will satisfy your hip, hipster, sort of but not too fancy tastes and make for a great night of old favorites and new experiences.
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