Southport Lanes and Billiards


Established in 1922, this alley is one of a handful worldwide to still offer the old tradition of live pinsetters. The warning ("Don't bowl if you see legs") should be taken seriously. Put a rolled-up dollar in one of the holes of your ball and...  Read More

Double Door


This large space features up-and-coming national and local talents. The sound system is excellent, and so is the beer selection. A wooden dance floor is available if the mood strikes you, and the downstairs Dirt Room offers pool tables and...  Read More

Empty Bottle


With atmosphere befitting a lounge or neighborhood pub, not to mention rock-bottom prices, this slightly dingy spot is a favorite with locals. Wednesday features avant-garde jazz, and Thursday through Saturday, local and national acts take over....  Read More



Local artwork and an incredible internet jukebox keep this Wicker Park favorite busy into the wee hours of the morning. The Irons's bars serve everything a thirsty patron could hope for. Pool tables add to the appeal. Stick around and watch...  Read More



Attempts to appear seedy only partially veil this club's polished interior, and yuppies and tourists often show up. The mellow blues joint offers jam sessions on Monday nights, and local acts perform Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday,...  Read More

Goose Island Brewing Co.


Long hours at the grind got you thirsty for a home brewed beer? Head to this pub that crafts its own ale – over 10 homemade brews on tap. Try the signature drink, Honker's Ale, featuring a rich malt middle and a gentle hop finish. The bar also...  Read More

Pete Miller's Seafood & Prime Steak


Decorated like a '30s or '40s-era supper club, this jazzy restaurant and bar is known as much for its deliciously fresh seafood and 18-oz. marinated ribeyes as for its cozy, post-workday environs. Indeed, suits flock here after the last whistle...  Read More

Tommy Nevin's Pub


This Irish Pub is situated right next to "Nevin's Live," the pub's sister live music venue. The pub draws a mix of people, including many students from nearby Northwestern University. Irish food and drinks, including British and Irish ale,...  Read More

Alcock's Inn


This sports bar draws a diverse mix of folks, who enjoy meeting up with friends and lingering over conversation on the outdoor, Olympic-themed deck during warm weather. Friday nights bring out karaoke singers, and nightly drink specials are...  Read More



This Tex-Mex style bar features a prickly name and a list of interesting drinks. Try the lizard lemonade (vodka, lemonade, and a glow in the dark lizard to name just a few ingredients), the swamp water (vodka, apricot brandy, melon liqueur,...  Read More