Pubs in North Center / Roscoe Village, Chicago, IL

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O'Donovan's - Historic Bar | Irish Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.

Party Earth Review In business since 1886 (it was called Schulien’s back then), O’Donovan’s is among the city’s oldest, continuously running taverns. And though it looks as lived in as it does well loved, that doesn’t dampen the energy of the young Cubs fans and friendly yuppies that make up the regular crowd. The space features a narrow ... more


2100 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618

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Hungry Brain - Dive Bar | Pub in Chicago.

Party Earth Review Named after the bar in the 1960s Jerry Lewis film Visit to a Small Planet, Hungry Brain is a relaxed neighborhood dive that’s as quirky as Lewis himself. Patrons enter through what looks like a derelict storefront and into a large open room full of random sofas and chairs, from cracked leather davenports to plastic cafeteria ... more


2319 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

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Constellation - Theater | Concert Venue | Performing Arts Center in North Center / Roscoe Village, Chicago

Best known as the yuppieville where ex-Lincoln Parkers head when they get married, North Center and Roscoe Village don’t specialize in late-night clubs or trendy lounges. Rather, they fully embrace the historical pubs that have dotted these neighborhoods for the past century. Seemingly every corner has these nondescript-looking taverns, sometimes with no sign, sometimes with layers of old signage and faded paint visible. Now that things have gentrified, however, these North Center/Roscoe Village pubs have a young-professional clientele to go along with their old-school looks.

The list of pubs in these neighborhoods is so long that it might be easier to list intersections without corner taps. Some of the most popular ones have done things right for so long that four generations of some families have frequented them. O’Donovan’s has gone through many name changes—one of their ancient signs from the late 1800s is preserved in the back room—but it has consistently cheered on the Cubs and poured cheap drafts through the years. Nearby, the Long Room is, indeed, a long room, known for its extensive beer list that serves the trendiest microbrews along with old-school PBR cans. On the other side of the intersection, Ten Cat Tavern does not have ten cats in attendance, but it always seems to have about a dozen dogs brought in by regulars to hobnob with the drinkers. And, within a few blocks, the Half Acre Beer Tap Room is a brand-new pub serving the renowned microbrews created at the brewery next door. It’s one of the newer pubs in North Center / Roscoe Village, but its resemblance to the old-school tap rooms that have stood for decades will likely serve it well.

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