Talking about sports, like winning the lotto and undergoing surgery, goes better with a cold beer. Make every hour happy hour with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $25 worth of fusion barbecue fare and drinks at Theory, a sports bar and lounge located downtown at 9 W. Hubbard St.
Theory is fully stocked with flat-screen TVs and comfortable seating for catching games and sipping drinks. The menu of upscale American, Mexican, and Southern-influenced barbecue fare comes in lunch and dinner varietals. While the sun is high and streets filled with dueling cows, try a hearty sandwich, such the barbecue-brisket po' boy ($10), house-smoked beef sliced and served on a French roll. Or opt for the lighter whole-wheat turkey wrap ($9), twined with avocado, tomato, lettuce, swiss, and bacon. Dinner is an excellent time to hammer the hunger high strike and ring the appetite bell with a barbecue platter ($17) of smoked beef brisket, pulled pork, and pulled chicken served with corn on the cob, baked beans, and a roll. Or smother stomach-gnomes with a plate of tacos filled with chicken, steak, fish, or veggies with tri-bell peppers, jalapeños, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes ($8–$12).
Sports lounges are typically classy arenas, where baseball fans knit silk hammocks and bad strike-calls elicit virulent chants of "pish posh." Theory's sleek décor of dark, neutral hues and polished tables set against exposed-brick borders is less corner pub and more urbane hangout. A friendly and attentive staff stands by, waiting to give the experience all the comforts of home. Loosen your vocal cords and cheer nodes for sports-watching with the bar's wide selection of beers, or a specialty drink such as the housemade sangria on tap ($5/glass, $20/pitcher).
- Though [Joel] Sorinsky and chef/partner Brian Merel are both still in their 20s, they’ve spent enough time in loud, generic sports halls to never want to go in one again. So they came up with a concept that swaps in lounge furniture for sticky wooden chairs; puts personal televisions in each booth; and boasts a menu that favors lobster rolls over quesadillas. – David Tamarkin, Time Out Chicago
- Theory is my #1 favorite after work bar in Chicago. The service is awesome, the prices are reasonable, and everything I’ve tried on the menu has been really good. – CMcD, Metromix
- My friends and I went to Theory for drinks and dinner and had a great time there. The food is absolutely the best and not over priced at all. – Fahmina, Urbanspoon
More than 20 plasma-screen TVs cast a flickering glow over Theory, an upscale sports lounge owned by a seasoned DJ that intertwines American comfort food with Mexican and southern twists. The eatery's muted spotlights single out undiscovered scalp models and house specialties, such as baby back ribs in signature sauce and pulled-pork sandwiches made from house-smoked meat. Tiny heart icons indicate cardio-friendly eats on the menu, through which gentle breezes riffle on the outdoor patio. Theory also houses a private party room modeled after a home theater that showcases three TVs clinging to exposed brick, low tables, and cushy chairs. Within the dining room, courteous servers skirt a marble-topped bar and don invisibility cloaks to avoid obscuring television screens showing NFL or NCAA games.
Near North Side
9 W Hubbard St.
Chicago, Illinois 60654Get Directions