Dive Bars in West Loop


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  • Richard's Bar
    Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at Richard's Bar. Richard's Bar is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. 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. Richard's Bar can fill to capacity on Fridays and Saturdays, and with their no-reservation policy, you may need to wait a bit for your table. Guests of Richard's Bar's N Milwaukee Ave location can park their vehicles on the street. Don't feel like driving? Public transportation is right around the corner, with available stops at Grand-Blue (Blue) and Clinton-Green (Green, Pink). You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Richard's Bar, with meals usually costing less than $15.
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    491 N Milwaukee Ave
    Chicago, IL US
  • Snickers
    In the mood for a juicy burger and a pile of fries? You'll love Snickers. Dieters beware — Snickers does not offer low-fat cuisine. TVs are also on hand in the bar to keep up with the latest scores. If you have a large group out celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone, Snickers is a great pick for large parties with its spacious layout. Snickers doesn't take reservations, so it tends to get especially busy on weekends. No need to gussy up for a trip to Snickers, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. Or, take your grub to-go. Guests of Snickers' N State St location can park their vehicles on the street. For those who wish to avoid traffic, Snickers is also accessible via public transportation, with stops at Grand-Red (Red), Merchandise Mart (Brown, Purple), and State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple). You'll like your bill almost as much as your meal at Snickers, with meals usually costing less than $15. Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express are all accepted. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Snickers — swing by for for favorite meal.
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    448 N State St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Billy Goat Tavern
    “Cheezborger! Cheezborger! No fries, cheeps! No Pepsi, Coke!” The Billy Goat Tavern’s grilled fare—and its colorful staff—were famously parodied on Saturday Night Live in 1978 by the likes of John Belushi, Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, and Loraine Newman. Several legends surround this place, highlighting a more-than-75-year-old history with aspects of the unbelievable, including the inspiration behind the tavern’s name. The story goes like this: After falling off of a passing truck, a brazen billy goat entered William Sianis’s then-called Lincoln Tavern. Not only did Sianis name his eatery after the animal, but he also adopted the nickname “Billy Goat”—and a new goatee—for himself. Perhaps the most memorable thing about the flagship Billy Goat Tavern is its location: it’s located in a subterranean nook beneath The Tribune Tower. The franchise also has seven Chicago-area locations, where its staff continues to serve up the cheeseburgers and hamburgers that brought Billy Goat Tavern national attention. To the menu, they’ve added breakfast specials, as well as Italian beef sandwiches, salami, and hotdogs.
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    430 North Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • The Matchbox
    Bartenders at this no-nonsense cocktail spot make ‘em stiff and simple. The bar just may be the smallest in town—it measures 3.5 feet wide at its narrowest section and 15 feet wide at its roomiest. Still, loyal patrons happily squeeze in and order up a perfectly prepared Manhattan or margarita.
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    770 North Milwaukee Avenue
    Chicago, IL US
  • Second Story Bar
    Grab some friends and head on over to Second Story Bar for great pub grub. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. The bar is stocked with TVs, so you can watch the next big game. The bar picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing. If preferred, visitors can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well. Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include Grand-red (Red Line) and Chicago-red (Red Line). Tabs at Second Story Bar almost never exceed $15, so it's a great low-cost option for any time. Don't leave the dollar bills at home — you'll need cash at Second Story Bar.
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    157 E Ohio St
    Chicago, IL US
  • Streeters
    Visit Streeters and indulge in some good old-fashioned American cuisine. No need to miss out on Streeters just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has tons of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Guests can migrate to the bar section to catch the game on the TV. On warmer days, take advantage of Streeters' outdoor seating. You'll find lots of space for you and the whole gang to spread out at Streeters, which accommodates plenty of large groups. Wifi here is on the house. DJ fans will appreciate Streeters' frequent live mixes. If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Streeters during the slower weekday hours. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Streeters in jeans and a hoodie. Catering is also available if you'd like serve Streeters' tasty dishes at your next party. Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot. If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Chicago-Red (Red) and Grand-Red (Red). The grub at Streeters is also a downright bargain — most people can chow down for less than $15.
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    50 E Chicago Ave
    Chicago, IL US
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