Paisans supplies fresh pies with sauces concocted fresh daily, hearty pastas, and steaming sandwiches in a casual, familiar atmosphere. Start off with a six-piece ensemble of hot wings ($5.25) before infusing a disk with your own thin-crust symphony ($10.99 for 14") from a euphonious selection of more than 20 fresh embellishments such as ricotta, canadian bacon, and cream of bassoon ($1.95 a piece), or arrange ingredients on a stuffed or deep-dish dough canvas ($12.50 for 12", plus $1.90 per topping).
Wings Firehouse fuses athletics and pub grub into a sports-themed haven replete with stacked sandwiches, crispy salads, and chicken wings smothered in 15 types of sauces. Traditional and boneless wings sport saucy overcoats such as sweet and spicy mango pecosita, tangy barbecue, or super-hot 911 sauce. Layers of grilled chicken, ham, bacon, and mozzarella and cheddar cheese test the girders of the quadruple-decker club, and the veggie sandwich keeps things simple with sumptuous vegetables and guacamole. Crisp curly fries accompany sandwiches, and the caesar salad derives its crunch from croutons layered with parmesan cheese. Thick frothy sips of beer send bubbly rapids through mouths, clearing space like an avaricious lumberjack in a rainforest.
Maddanthony's Bar and Grill sports 2,000 square feet of lounging space with plasma televisions and pool tables. Waiters pile plates with food from sister restaurant LaCoco's Pizza & Pasta next door and pour suds until 4 a.m. Sunday–Friday, 5 a.m. on Saturdays, and forever during a time warp. Darts leagues fling projectiles at targets throughout the fall, and karaoke enthusiasts belt tunes on Tuesday nights. The bar maintains a young, energetic vibe with abundant events and eats, hosting nights centered around UFC matchups, boxing tournaments, and high-octane city-council meetings.
Located in a historic brick building in Little Italy, Hawkeye's Bar & Grill is a casual locale where neighborhood folks and UIC pupils gather to wet their whistles, nosh on a menu of comfort fare, and absorb local spectator sports in high definition. Diners sup on Black Angus burgers, chicken pot pie, and signature meatloaf while gazing at more than 20 HDTVs that broadcast Bears, Hawks, and Bulls games, as well as UFC fights and competitive hopscotch matches. Hawkeye's event shuttle ferries fans to select home games and concerts for a modest fee, and the bar's free parking lot spares personal vehicles from facing arena traffic. DJs fill ears with music and inspire legs to dance, and the outdoor sidewalk café serves warm sunshine chasers in the summer months.
Located just blocks away from the United Center, Arrow on Ogden manages to capture the fever pitch of fandom for every Bulls and Blackhawks game. 23 flat-screen televisions ensure that patrons don't miss a single play. Live DJs energize the crowds with mixes of rock, Top 40, classic hip-hop, and house music before and after each home game, and bartenders keep the revelry alive by filling pint glasses with locally brewed as well as imported beers.
Although the thrill of being near the action is a major draw, the menu aims to exceed expectations. Chicago Magazine praised this ambitious approach, describing Arrow on Ogden as "a chef-driven sports bar." Small touches such as house-smoked sundried tomatoes, homemade barbecue sauce, and jumbo wings that never see the inside of a freezer help to elevate many of the dishes above standard bar food.
Even the ambiance seems to embrace the aesthetic of a refined lounge as opposed to a casual sports bar. Neutral earth tones and exposed brick pillars lend a cozy warmth to the polished space, and irregularly arranged wooden slats divide each of the booths. Meanwhile, a pair of charcoal-gray, low-backed armchairs sit in front of the room's flickering fireplace, which is fueled by an effigy of the visiting team's mascot.
Two full-service bars, 16 TVs showcasing Chicago sports, and a comfy seating area form the backbone of Output Lounge & Sports Bar, where classic American pub fare and a dizzying assortment of adult beverages greet diners and revelers alike. The menu flourishes with timeless morsels such as piping-hot wings in a choice of mild to piquant sauces, specialty fries, and burgers. The beer list gathers patrons around and croons sea shanties of the more than 60 libations, some hailing from Windy City breweries such as Goose Island and Half Acre. Nightly events range from salsa lessons to DJ-spun and live music. Clients can shimmy on the hardwood dance floor, sit down to eat, or reserve the Zodiac Room, a private lounge equipped with bottle service.