Lottie's Pub

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Lottie's Pub Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie's Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood... Chicago United States 41.915955 -87.676188
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Lottie's Pub - Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie’s Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Lottie's Pub Review

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Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie's Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood...

Having gone through multiple owners, names, and clientele over the course of its long history, Lottie’s Pub opened in its current incarnation in 2002, bringing a sporty but casual hangout to this mostly residential neighborhood.

Named for a six-foot transvestite who allegedly ran the joint in the thirties, the venue’s simple stone façade stands in stark contrast to the modern two-floor interior, which boasts over twenty flat-screen TVs, numerous arcade games, and a polished wooden bar crowded with frat types and local regulars.

A canopy of icicle lights envelops the ceiling to create a starlit garden effect, while sports paraphernalia and promotional posters deck most of the walls, interspersed with various photo clues to Lottie’s previous lives as a gambling hall, prostitution den, and striptease joint.

Nowadays, armchair quarterbacks drink their pints at the bar and yell at the TVs, while rowdier athletic groups rolling in from their latest flag football game crowd around pitchers of beer at the smattering of small tables. Quieter weeknights see hipster couples stopping in to share one of the bar’s popular homemade pizzas and doing their best to ignore the jocks at the other end of the bar.

Weekly activities keep even non-sports fans happy, when the small downstairs stage is given over to trivia and comedy nights on Monday and Tuesday.

Weeknight or weekend, game night or no, Lottie’s Pub is a neighborhood sports bar that isn’t above having a few laughs and that never takes itself too seriously.

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Tip from Lucas:

Lottie’s sponsors sports teams all over Chicago, from amateur groups to club and professional teams, providing drink specials, team paraphernalia, and even monetary sponsorships. The bar also has its own kickball league, which is open to the public.

  • Crowd

    Mix of fratty athletic types, KU and Wisconsin Badgers fans, local regulars, and hipster couples, mostly mid-20s to late 30s with some 40+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist of classic rock, oldies, 90s hits, country, hip-hop, and contemporary jams. Trivia on Mondays, Comedy Open-Mic on Tuesdays.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar fare, sliders, homemade pizza, and buckets of fries, tots, or wings for sharing. Weekend brunch menu. Patio seating in the warmer months.

  • Prices

    Brunch $5.50–$8. Appetizers $6–$9, sliders $2.50, pizza $10–$15, buckets $4–$6. Beer $3.50–$6, wine $5–$7 cocktails $5–$7, shots $6–$7.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Laid-back casual: jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, track jackets.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekends and trivia nights for a lively scene, and Tuesdays for the comedy open-mic and a few laughs.

  • Close By

    Cortland's Garage (1645 West Cortland Stree) boasts a full menu, large TVs for the game, and an extensive list of mechanic-themed cocktails.

Lottie's Pub User Reviews

Average rating:
A friendly neighborhood sports bar
Craig B. Dec 10, 2012
I went to Lottie's Pub late in the hockey season to catch a Blackhawks game and see what kind of place this was. I wasn't disappointed. The age range is pretty varied--perhaps most importantly, it's not just a bunch of frat guys--and everybody seems to get along just fine. The patrons (and the staff) are spirited without being offensive, and the food and drinks were above par, which was nice. It's got decent sports bar fare, and the sticky wooden bar and graffiti covered bathrooms don't cost you any extra. It's a neighborhood sports bar and it just feels right.
Neighborhood bar feel, but nothing special
Christina W. Dec 9, 2012
Upon first visiting Lottie's, I was really impressed with the cozy neighborhood feel it had. In a big city like Chicago, it is pretty hard to find a place that feels like a small-town bar. A lot of smaller bars in Chicago attempt to replicate that feel, but with a constantly changing clientele it is rarely authentic. Lottie's on the other hand, really does have regulars, and lots of people who come in know several people in the bar immediately upon walking in. When I went some 80 year old guy was sitting at the bar and ordered his dinner "to go" (not a service that Lottie's actually offers). I asked the bartender about it, and she said that he has been coming in every night for over 20 years! All that being said, it's nothing special. It's sort of a sports bar, which isn't really my thing, and the food and drink selection is only so-so. But it's certainly a very authentic neighborhood bar experience, and given how rare that is in Chicago I would say this is worth a visit.
Surprisingly good food!
Jessica S. Oct 4, 2012
Stopped in to have a quick bite and kill some time….and I was actually really surprised how good the food was here. Spinach and artichoke is super fresh and filling, not some store-bought crap you’d expect at a bar. Pretty I sure I ate about seven of the Sunday special sliders for $1.50. This is definitely a local spot since everyone seemed to stop and say to their friends. As for the service, our waitress had a lovely Irish accent and she paid constant attention to all the diners. They have KU and Wisconsin stuff everywhere, and the crowd was mostly still in work attire stopping in for a quick beer. They had plenty of specials. I will be returning for weekday meet-ups with friends for some pre game or to watch some football this season. Really glad to have come here.
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