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McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon - Irish Pub | Irish Restaurant | Sports Bar in Gold Coast, Chicago

Gold Coast bars embody two of the most diverse and yet oddly compatible sides of Chicago nightlife. From the swanky hotels with classy cocktails and strict dress codes, to the seedy dives with beer-stained floors and a lot of “Journey” on the jukebox, the Gold Coast offers a multitude of drinking options.

For those looking for a truly upscale Chicago experience, the Gold Coast bar scene will not disappoint. Inviting the crème-de-la-crème of Chicago’s elite, swanky spots like Gibson’s Steakhouse, NoMi, and Le Bar in the Sofitel Hotel offer exquisite cocktails, stellar wine lists, and are often spots where the wealthy go to see and be seen.

On the other side of the coin, however, is the debaucherous underbelly of Chicago’s bar scene. Imagine a place where bros can stumble half-heartedly from bar to bar, constantly singing their favorite ballads, while dressed up ladies discard their heels and dance energetically to 90s pop songs. This place is real, and it is in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Whether it’s avoiding the bowls of peanuts at The Lodge or trying to find room to stand at Pippin’s Tavern, spending late nights in the Gold Coast is a fan favorite.

And of course, the best part of it all is the crowds at both bars can often be one and the same. It’s not unusual for classy couples to sip expensive wine and eat steaks at Gibson’s and then loosen their ties and let down their hair for some wild debauchery on Division Street later on.

Popular Gold Coast Bars

  • * Le Bar 30s / Absinthe / Ambient / Blazers
  • * NoMI 30s / Breakfast / Date Place

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