Wise Fools Pub

20s / 30s / Alternative Music / Beer / Board Games / Budget-friendly / Business Casual / Casual / Darts / Dog Friendly / Drink Specials / Early 20s / Easygoing / Flannel Shirts / Good for Groups / Jeans / Jukebox / Rock / Snack Food / Sneakers / Specialty Beer / Sports Fans / Students / TVs / Young Professionals / Dive Bar
Wise Fools Pub Nestled among a sea of Irish pubs, boutiques, and ice cream shops, Wise Fools Pub is a dog-friendly bar offering fifty-cent beer specials, bar games, and piles of free popcorn. Chicago United States 41.923311 -87.645952
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Wise Fools Pub - Dive Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Nestled among a sea of Irish pubs, boutiques, and ice cream shops, Wise Fools Pub is a dog-friendly bar offering twenty craft beers on tap, bar games, and piles of free popcorn. Four-legged patrons are just as common... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton

  • Phone:

    773-525-5401

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  • Hours:

    W–F 6pm–2am, Sa 6pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Wise Fools Pub Review

The Scene

Nestled among a sea of Irish pubs, boutiques, and ice cream shops, Wise Fools Pub is a dog-friendly bar offering fifty-cent beer specials, bar games, and piles of free popcorn.

Nestled among a sea of Irish pubs, boutiques, and ice cream shops, Wise Fools Pub is a dog-friendly bar offering twenty craft beers on tap, bar games, and piles of free popcorn.

Four-legged patrons are just as common as two-legged ones, and include the doorman’s signature mastiff, who often demands a scratch behind his bulbous head before allowing partiers into the venue.

An immense collection of beer signs and sports memorabilia covers the brick walls, interspersed with a few TVs tuned to sports, while a classic wooden bar and pool table attract groups of laid-back college students and young professionals, stopping in for one of the thirty-plus draft and bottled beers, or to get the night started with a couple relaxed rounds of pool.

Patrons hungrier for more than popcorn can pick up some eats at a nearby takeout joint and settle into one of the high tables, while on busy nights, an adjacent room opens up offering darts, an antique bar rescued from the old Milwaukee Hotel, and an elevated lounge area.

With an extensive selection of seasonal beers, a mellow atmosphere, and man’s best friend in tow, Wise Fools Pub is an excellent spot to kick back after a long day and enjoy some quality time with friends and friendly canines.

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Tip from Emma:

If Toto needs to stretch his legs, take him a block down to Oz Park, so named for Chicago resident Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz classics. Run around the bronze statues of his immortal characters a few times, then head back to Wise Fools for another round.

  • Crowd

    Easygoing dog lovers, young professionals, sports fans, college students, and dogs, early 20s to mid-30s (people), 6 months to 12 years (dogs).

  • Entertainment / Music

    Radio tuned to rock and alternative hits. Six TVs tuned to sports. One large projector. Dart board. Jukebox.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No kitchen, but patrons are free to bring in food from elsewhere or order delivery to the bar. Free popcorn with drinks or by request. $20 credit card minimum.

  • Prices

    Beer $2–$6, wine $1, cocktails $3–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: business casual, flannel, jeans, hoodies, dog-walking attire, sneakers, canine sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for a large crowd of people and pooches.

  • Close By

    More than a dozen bars line this stretch of North Lincoln Avenue, including relaxed Irish pub Halligan Bar (2274 North Lincoln Avenue), sports bar Kendall’s (2263 North Lincoln Avenue), and former Hunter S. Thompson hangout Sterchs (2238 North Lincoln Avenue).

Wise Fools Pub User Reviews

Average rating:
Great comedy venue, and perfectly fine bar
Brian H. Apr 18, 2013
The Wise Fools Pub just became the new venue for Monday event The Comedy Evening previously held at Ace Bar. As a loyal show attendee, I just had to check the new venue, which is easy to find via the 74 bus. The bar is surprisingly roomie for what it looks like on the outside. the performance area is separated from the main bar by velvet(?) curtains and is approximately the same size as the bar area. There are a variety of seating options, from tables in the front to couches in the back. The stage is easily visible from all seats and was great for The Comedy Evening's performances. I noticed a few things missing from my visit. First, there were no dogs. I heard this place was very dog friendly, yet no one had any for my visit. Second, the event had popcorn advertised though I saw no machine and no one else in the bar eating it, something I was disappointed to not find there. The bar has no food menu, so munchies must come from elsewhere. The drinks seemed fairly priced and appropriately mixed (I'm not a beer drinker so I can't comment on the craft selection) and got me pretty comfortably not-sober. Overall, I think the place is fine. It's an acceptable new venue for my favorite Monday show, though my popcorn deprivation must be fixed ASAP. I like that they allow dogs and the overall velvet-heavy feel works for me as it sets it apart aesthetically from other bars I've been to. I did not discover a particular WOW-factor during my visit, but there was certainly nothing pushing me away either. Wise Fools Pub gets a pass in my book, and I'll certainly be back.
Dive bar-good for live music
Maria S. Mar 10, 2013
The floors are sticky, but it does have a loungey feel that is kind of cool. There are three raised levels of sitting, in addition to an open floor for dancing. The bar was pretty packed around 9:30/10 on a Saturday night, but the interaction between the patrons and the band was entertaining. The cover band played a mixture of old and new favorites.
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