Sea cucumbers, the camels of the ocean, have the fantastic ability to survive for up to half a year without water. Wet your own whistle with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of pizza, drinks, and casual fare at either Riverview Tavern or the Robey Pizza Company next door. The Roscoe Village watering hole and adjacent pizza joint both feature an extensive selection of beers on tap and sociable savories, as well as dignified décor.
From cracker-crisp wood-fired pizzas to fresh, made-to-order salads, Robey's features a full menu of scrumptious fare. Nosh crunchy slivers of tomato and pepper pizza with goat cheese and mozzarella ($8.95), or strive for five flavors with the spinach-, red-and-yellow-pepper-, artichoke- and red-onion-packed Veggie Supreme Pizza ($10.95). Sandwiches are also wood fired and served with your choice of chips. Try a turkey and spinach ($6.95) with swiss, spinach, and provolone, or a three-cheese melt featuring provolone, swiss, and cheddar with sliced tomatoes. View the complete menu here.
For traditional pub grub, post up around the mahogany bar next door at Riverview. Scan jukebox selections while perusing the menu. With green leathers, rich woods, and brass accents, the neighborhood bar is ideal for taking your grandfather for a game of chess or arranging blind dates with spies. Heaping layers of chili nachos ($5.95) or a half-pound burger served on a toasted bun ($7.95) comfort frazzled appetites. The menu also features salads from Cobb to cran-apple, sandwiches, and fried finger-food favorites. A large room with airy windows encourages random dancey tendencies, and a weekend brunch served until 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday appeases both late and early risers.
- Stick to the basics at this neighborhood watering hole, and you'll be rewarded…Pizzas come from the adjoining Robey Pizza Company, where the cracker-like crust and spicy sausage on the eponymous pie make an addictive meal. – Time Out Chicago
- The dark wood, brass and green leather decor give the pub a stately feel, but the overall vibe feels kicked-back and friendly. The bar has plenty of beers on tap, an impressive selection of liquors and an extensive food menu, with items like salads and burgers. – Christy Bonstell, Centerstage
- First time in a long time going to Roscoe Village but I'm glad I met my friend at the Riverview for the Cubs game. The Cubs lost (go figure!) but the bartenders and waitresses there kept us laughing. – chijess70, Citysearch
- Good, wood-fired pizzas and lots of good pie selections. Better than your average pizza joint eat-in atmosphere. – Ryan S., Yelp
Southport Lanes & Billiards, Seven Ten Lounge & Seven Ten Lanes
A trio of retro bowling alleys lures visitors into their distinctive confines for old-fashioned entertainment. Southport Lanes & Billiards exposes groups to waves of nostalgia with four lanes of hand-set bowling, making it 1 of only 10 remaining of its kind in the country. Outside of the bowling area, sleek wooden floors lead visitors to a line of pool tables, and an outdoor patio gives glimpses of the blooming neighborhood in warmer months.
Seven Ten Lounge, home to a bowling alley, billiard parlor, bar, and restaurant, envelops guests in the trappings of a bygone era. Art-deco motifs, vintage posters, and mahogany furnishings surround revelers as they lob a ball, aim a cue, or pity the defenseless pins. Local microbrews pepper the draft list with homegrown variety, and house-made fare elevates the menu past a typical alley nosh.
Hyde Park's Seven Ten Lanes not only exudes a similarly stylish décor, but also features gutter guards to contain errant throws by children or carnival musclemen with inner-ear imbalance.