Old Town Social

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Old Town Social Old Town Social in Old Town Chicago is a classy sports bar/lounge/restaurant. Dive into some craft beer and Chicago charcuterie with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.91094 -87.640812
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Old Town Social - Lounge | Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Depending on the time of day, there’s a little bit of everything at Old Town Social, from an upscale sports bar and a restaurant featuring locally sourced products to a DJ-driven lounge. What doesn’t change at this former... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Sedgwick; Red Line: North/Clybourn

  • Phone:

    312-266-2277

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  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Old Town Social Review

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Old Town Social in Old Town Chicago is a classy sports bar/lounge/restaurant. Dive into some craft beer and Chicago charcuterie with Party Earth.

Depending on the time of day, there’s a little bit of everything at Old Town Social, from an upscale sports bar and a restaurant featuring locally sourced products to a DJ-driven lounge.

What doesn’t change at this former warehouse is the antique vibe, be it in the front parlor with the fireplace, vintage armchairs, and patterned red wallpaper or in the back space where deep velvet curtains hide romantic tables.

In the main room, polished rafters and enormous skylights arch high over a long wooden bar, where preppy fans and grown-up former bros gather to down craft drafts like Allagash White and London Pride and stare at the more than two dozen flat-screens.

Huddled around scattered high tables, successful businessmen throw back belts of bourbon and dive into cheese platters, while couples and yupster packs take to the handful of private booths – some with their own TV – and feast on dishes from a menu that includes BBQ beef brisket sandwiches, New Orleans-style beignet donuts, and lots of charcuterie.

As the evening wears on, tables are cleared, flat-screens vanish behind wooden cabinets, the ambient rock dinner music turns to high-energy house/pop party tunes, and a glammed-up crowd arrives to dance the night away.

Brunch brings the whole crew back on the weekends for Benedicts, bananas Foster, and a little hair of the dog, but by day or by night, Old Town Social keeps Old Town Chicago full of fresh food and fresher faces.

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Tip from Emma:

Brunch can mean a long wait if you don’t have a reservation, but the delicious local menu is worth it. Just think of it like this – longer wait for food equals more time for mimosas!

  • Crowd

    Well-dressed young professionals, preppy sports fans, yuppies, craft beer lovers, social groups of girls, and a dolled-up party crowd at night, mid-20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Guest DJs on Industry Tuesdays play country, rock, or mellow tunes. All-acoustic live music on Wednesdays. DJs spin high-energy house, pop, and contemporary party tunes Thursday through Saturday nights.

    More than two dozen flat-screens tuned primarily to sports. Ambient low-tempo rock during dinner and early evening.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Locally sourced menu includes burgers, fish, salads, and an extensive selection of cheese and charcuterie.

    Food specials change daily depending on what is locally available. Limited late-night menu available 10pm–close.

  • Prices

    Brunch $5–$16+, starters $5–$8, salads $8–$12.50, burgers/sandwiches $9–$13, late night menu $4–$18. Beer $4–$22+, wine $9–$12+/glass or $34–$125+/bottle, cocktails $6–$12, whiskey and scotch $8–$38+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Preppy to clubwear: button-downs, blazers, sexy skirts, heels.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for the half-price food and drink specials, Thursday through Saturday nights for the upscale dance club vibe, or any time a major game is on to catch some sports in style.

  • Close By

    Benchmark (1510 North Wells Street) is another sports bar/club that pulls double duty as Chicago’s first rooftop beer garden and its first rooftop beer garden with a giant retractable roof.

Old Town Social User Reviews

Average rating:
Can't say enough good things about OTS
Mike S. Apr 21, 2013
Old Town Social is one of those places you can go to for just about any occasion. Whether you're looking to go watch a Hawks game with your friends or mingle with the local 20-somethings, you really can't go wrong. The atmosphere is great and the food seems to be pretty good too. It's not exactly cheap, but I find the pricing to be on point with other bars in the area and caliber. Check it out and see for yourself.
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Angela L. Apr 7, 2013
Old Town Social is the most energetic and up beat bar with a mix of upscale and laid back group of people. With a mix of students and on going party people Old Town Social provide you with a whirl wind of class and style. Whether you are look for a simple draft beer or a complicated shot the bar tenders provide you with everything you need to have a hoppin' time. Finding yourself unable to stand straight? Don't worry Old Town Social also has an assortment of food from burgers to salads, accommodating to all needs. If you happen to pop on over to Old Town I would highly recommend stopping into to experience it for yourself.
A good time with a good crowd
Ally T. Jan 4, 2013
Old Town Social is great a bar- if you have steady income and enjoy a calm atmosphere. As a college student, this bar was pricey and uneventful as compared my usual scene. However, for young professionals (24+) or seasoned bar goers (35+) it is has the perfect amount of class and atmosphere. I have yet to try the food, but I have had much experience with the large array of specialty beers. Many of the beers on draft were unfamiliar to me, but delicious and well worth the $8/beer. I would suggest Two Brothers or the Allagash White to start off your evening. There are plenty of tables to sit, but I suggest just taking a stool at the bar. The bartenders are friendly and attentive. Don't show up in sweats, but a nice button down shirt (for men) or a cute of skinny jeans (for women) will suffice. Old Town Social is good time with a good crowd.
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