Bars in Chicago


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  • The Berghoff Restaurant
    Back when street trolleys and low-flying zeppelins still moved through the Loop, Herman Berghoff founded a saloon where men could stop in to refuel with corned beef sandwiches and Berghoff Beer. Throughout the succeeding decades that took the Berghoff through Prohibition and, afterward, obtaining the city's first liquor license, Herman's descendants have shepherded the restaurant through changing times while meticulously preserving an old-fashioned feel. Carlyn Berghoff now steers a menu of contemporary, German-inflected bistro fare where wiener schnitzel, pierogies, and sauerbraten try to pick up the more-modern lingo of mascarpone mac and cheese and coffee-crusted beef medallions. The Berghoff’s Teutonic roots—carried on in an annual Oktoberfest complete with alpenhorns and lederhosen—intertwine with its local ones: the 200-Mile Initiative sends seasonal ingredients and produce from within 200 miles of the city spilling into the better part of the menu during the summer and fall. Setting aside the modern crowds, the Berghoff's interior might resemble a much better-smelling museum diorama. Warm wooden wainscoting cradles every wall, checkerboard tiles gleam underfoot, and murals above the bar peek onto sprawling vistas from the balconies of pastoral retreats.
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    17 West Adams Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Beat Kitchen
    Hankering for a side of fries? Try the grub at Beat Kitchen, a tasty restaurant serving American-style fare. Put the diet on pause when you visit Beat Kitchen — there are no low-fat menu items. Beer, wine, and more are also available from Beat Kitchen's extensive drink list. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Beat Kitchen with its kid-friendly fare. Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Beat Kitchen would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering. Open air seating is ready for diners at Beat Kitchen when the weather is warm. Live tunes and a dance floor will keep you coming back for more. Noise levels at the restaurant can be ear-piercing, so save the t te- -t tes for another night. If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, be prepared for crowds (sorry, no reservations accepted). Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Beat Kitchen is come-as-you-are. Or, take your food to-go. Beat Kitchen patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the W Belmont Ave location. Beat Kitchen offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person. You can stop by at almost any time, since Beat Kitchen offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    2100 W Belmont Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • The Boiler Room
    Pick up a pepperoni pie or try a less traditional topping at The Boiler Room in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at The Boiler Room, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Follow the game or the news from the TVs in the bar. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at The Boiler Room. The Boiler Room offers patio seating in the warmer months. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, The Boiler Room has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Noise levels at the pizzeria can be ear-piercing, so save the t te- -t tes for another night. Weekends are when crowds really head to The Boiler Room, so plan accordingly. Take it nice and easy at The Boiler Room, where casual dress is the rule of the day. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy The Boiler Room's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; California-O'hare (Blue) is an accessible stop. The Boiler Room patrons can find street parking at the North California Avenue location. Dining at The Boiler Room will set you back about $30 per person on average. It's strictly cash-only at The Boiler Room, so make a trip to the ATM first.
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    2210 North California Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Jerry's Sandwiches
    There’s no Jerry at Jerry’s. Owners Mark Bires and Mindy Friedler chose the moniker as an homage to Jerry Garcia, whose freewheeling spirit they evidently share, given that they’ve traveled the country sampling sandwiches ranging from Chicago's italian beefs to Philly's cheesesteaks, from New Orleans's po boys to New England’s lobster rolls. It’s easy to see the influence of their journeys on the eatery’s menu, a staggering array of more than 100 regional and ethnic sandwiches that could make a magic 8 ball cloud over from indecision. Root-beer-glazed ham, beef tenderloin, and fried tofu are but a few of the sandwiches’ centerpieces, their flavors accented by offerings such as fried green tomatoes and grilled asparagus. Diners can also customize their own creations from a board filled with meats, veggies, and 10 different bread options. Hand-formed burgers, rustic-cut fries, and decadent desserts add weight to the menu like an extra stripe adds weight to a zebra. At the eatery's bar, diners scan rows of roughly 200 American craft beers accessible by bottle or tap, and they savor a selection of 70 American whiskeys. When the digital jukebox needs a break, Jerry's hosts live music, the catchy tunes of which slither through door cracks and out to the outdoor dining area.
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    1938 W Division St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Marge's Still
    Prohibition proved no match for Marge’s Still, a corner bar that’s been quenching the neighborhood’s thirst since 1885. The pub-turned-speakeasy kept the libations flowing throughout America’s dry years, mixing bathtub gin on the second floor and serving it to drinkers daring enough to slink through a side stairwell to wet their whistle. Marge’s interior was once as colorful as the characters it hosted—stained glass lighting fixtures cast a cheery glow upon the festivities and an upright piano kept a vaudeville soundtrack ringing throughout the windowless drinking hole. New owners have since retooled the interior and the menu, recasting the storied spot as a neighborhood restaurant and bar whose bistro ambience is the latest chapter in the spot’s colorful history. At dinner, entrees such as duck l’Orange, a fillet layered with Grand Mariner sauce and accompanied by a duck leg confit, share table space with pub classics such as black angus burgers and baby back ribs. Cooks weave the bistro theme onto plates at brunch with favorites such as the omelette du jour and cinnamon apple butter brioche French toast. Lively conversation still ricochets off the walls at night, fueled by cocktails, microbrews, and glasses of sparkling, red, and white wines.
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    1758 North Sedgwick Street
    Chicago, IL US
  • Mullen's On Clark
    Order all of your favorite pub classics and munch away at Mullen's On Clark. No need to miss out on Mullen's On Clark just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The bar has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores. Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Mullen's On Clark has all the room you'll need to be comfortable. Eat outdoors Mullen's On Clark (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating. You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the bar can get noisy. Mullen's On Clark can fill to capacity on Fridays and Saturdays, and with their no-reservation policy, you may need to wait a bit for your table. Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Mullen's On Clark, known for its laid-back ambience. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with a stop conveniently located at Addison (Red). Street parking is provided for those dining at the bar's N Clark St location. The average check at Mullen's On Clark will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
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    3527 N Clark St
    Chicago, IL US

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