Liberty Lounge (Bar, Roscoe Village)
Liberty Lounge is a great dive that’s literally off-the-beaten-path. You may have driven past it down Western a million times, but it’s likely you never noticed it’s existence. We’ll, I’m here to tell you it’s time to take notice.
Liberty is one of those places that just naturally attracts a crowd of regulars. But unlike many local spots, I didn’t feel out of place when I walked through the door. There were no glares or judgements cast at the newbies from the veterans. How refreshing. Our group grabbed a seat at one of the several high-top tables in the front, observing as we settled in.
Star Wars memorabilia hang from the ceiling, an old pool table dominates the back of the room, and a flashy jukebox pumps tunes from the front. The decor is most certainly not the main attraction, though. It’s surely the friendly bartenders and the low-key atmosphere that keep people coming back. Well, that and the remarkably cheap beer! Of special importance to the UPchicago team, Liberty is one of a handful of bars in the city that carry Malört, that unrelenting local liquor.
Liberty is the perfect mix of blue collar, hipster, and down home Chicago. It’s no-frills but warm, just the way I like my dives. So next time you’re hanging around Roscoe Village, step out of your normal routine and head to Liberty for a whiskey or two. This is the real Chicago.
This article first appeared in UPchicago Bar Crawl #7: Roscoe Village