Racine Plumbing Company (Bar, Lincoln Park)
Location: 2642 N. Lincoln Ave.
Phone: (773) 871-1600
Racine Plumbing Company is a welcome addition to the neighborhood, located on Lincoln Avenue in the spot once occupied by Chi-town Tap. The general layout is the same as Chi-town, with a smaller bar in the front room and small tables along the wall. In the back the space opens up into a much larger room with more tables and open space. The owner named the place after his great grandfather’s plumbing business, and chose to follow the theme. Though you won’t find any plungers lying around, the servers wear tool belts, and family portraits hang on the walls. The wood paneling reminds me of the Pony or Urban Burger Bar, so nothing too original there, but it does lend well to the friendly sports bar/plumbing company atmosphere.
I first went on a Sunday evening, which was very relaxed and only the front room was open. The bartender was very friendly and we chatted with him for quite some time after he poured me a beer and my friend a very delicious fall-themed cocktail. They don’t get too fancy with their beer list, but they have good classics and crafts that should keep anyone from complaining. The second time I went, a Friday, the bar was much rowdier with your typical Lincoln Park crowd, many indulging in far too many drinks. Plenty of TV’s make the bar ideal for watching any sports game, but they cater to Notre Dame and Cowboy’s fans, whose game-watches they host every weekend.
They’ve got typical bar food alongside some interesting treats — try the Chi-town burger or indulge in some deep fried Oreo’s and Twinkies. The meal might kill you, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth it. They also have great nightly specials and host a trivia night Wednesdays.