Four Moon Tavern (Bar, Roscoe Village)

Location: 1847 W. Roscoe
Phone: (773) 929-6666

As a Roscoe Villager, 4 Moon Tavern is my neighborhood joint. On a weeknight, it reminds me of a place I want to be when I am on the tail end of a cold. Okay, so I realize medicinal value doesn’t usually come to mind when one thinks of a bar. Yet, the low lights, wooden paneling and eccentric knick-knacks (See:  Longhorn Cow Skulls and a 1940’s cash register), embody a vibe of comfort and familiarity.

The 4 moon Tavern is a step up from a dive bar. It’s littered with all the trappings of a hole-in-the-wall, especially its back room, where a vintage couch surrounds a table held up by a beer keg. But up front the bar patrons are immediately drawn to the hip blue glow above the pool table. And on the flip side of chill, the small bar gets packed on the weekends — a local Roscoe Village mix of young 20 something’s playing pool and business professionals watching ‘the game’. The crowd always grows in the summer, when 4 Moon Tavern opens its summer patio.

Four Moon Tavern is also known for its incredible home-style food menu –- highlights include homemade crab cakes, Sloppy Joes and 4 Moon Meatloaf. The bartender seemed almost motherly when she served me a bowl of their homemade tomato soup a few weeks ago. Every night the bar features a dinner and beer special, which is pulled from the dense 4 Moon beer list (over thirty types of brew!).

This article first appeared in UPchicago Bar Crawl #7: Roscoe Village


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Dan Bush

About Dan Bush

After college, Dan spent a year traveling in a van performing volunteer work around the country, otherwise known as, AMERICA. A South side of Chicago native, Dan now feels smug when he argues with people in bars that Chicago is the greatest city in the world. The Bears, brats, John C. Reilly and Comiskey Stadium are things that Dan thinks rule about Chicago. Go White Sox.

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