Bar & Club Reviews

Bar and club reviews in Chicago for the best nightlife experience in the city.

Won Kow (Restaurant, Chinatown)

Walking down the main stretch of Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown, the large green sign for Won Kow is recognizable from blocks away.

Lure (Bar, Chinatown)

Lure calls itself an Izakaya Pub, which is actually a traditional Japanese pub that is centered around small, affordable plates and generally everyday food (think dim-sum or tapas).

Hamburger Mary’s Drag Queen Ham-BINGO

As Velicity Metropolis, the boisterous blonde drag queen and host of Hamburger Mary’s weekly Bingo, will be sure to tell you, this really isn’t your grandma’s church basement Bingo.

Old Town Ale House (Bar, Old Town)

Do like we did and post up at a table with some good friends, good beer, and watch as the graphic wall art turns funnier with each drink you put down.

Wells on Wells (Bar, Old Town)

Wells on Wells is a fairly low-key bar, with two flat screens, plenty of tables and a proudly displayed Iowa Hawkeyes flag.

Burton Place (Bar, Old Town)

This small 4am dive bar is the perfect way to end an evening in Old Town.

Old Town Pub (Bar, Old Town)

The underground lairish style of Old Town Pub feels classic, the wooden walls are welcoming and unpretentious.

Nightlife in Beverly & Mount Greenwood

If you’re on the south side of Chicago and you’re a wee bit thirsty for a pint, Western Avenue’s got you covered.

Encore Liquid Lounge (Bar, The Loop)

Located next to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Encore Liquid Lounge is great place for theatergoers to grab some pre or post show cocktails.

The Beetle Bar & Grill (Bar, Humboldt Park)

The Beetle boasts a national and international list of fifty bottles and standard drafts from Bell’s, Lagunitas, Three Floyds and more.

Archie’s Iowa & Rockwell Tavern (Bar, Humboldt Park)

This dive bar is perfect for drinking cheap beer and partaking in a game of Candyland and Jenga.

Division Street Bar & Grill (Bar, Humboldt Park)

Speckled with small tables and a few booths throughout, Division Street Bar & Grill maintains a relaxed atmosphere while supplying cheap beer and food specials.

The California Clipper (Bar & Music Venue, Humboldt Park)

Looking for a bar slightly off the beaten path that has great music, excellent cocktails and lots of red lights? Welcome to The California Clipper.

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar (Humboldt Park)

With a focus on local farming, sustainability, and small-batch craft beers and wines, this Humboldt Park locale is a welcome retreat for the west side.