Simon’s Tavern (Bar, Andersonville)
Location: 5210 N. Clark St.
Phone: (773) 878 – 0894
Immediately upon walking into Simon’s I feel we’ve intruded on a neighborhood dive and disrupted their usual low key Monday night with our loud and energetic end to our bar crawl. Simon’s has been around since 1934, and the decor pays homage to the Swedish roots of Andersonville. Apparently the bar was modeled after a steamship and with all the viking, Swedish, & Norwegian paraphernalia, I guess I see it. Though we came on a relaxed Monday evening around 1am, the friendly bartender told us to come back on an evening with live music. A very long bar dominates the space, with only a couple tables and two couches. Nothing too fancy in their beer selection, they mainly stick to the classics here. Though if you’re a fan of Woodchuck cider, they have about every variety.
Also, before writing my review of Simon’s I consulted their website and discovered this gem… “Simon’s has an ongoing, unadvertised bar contest: if you can spot the five hidden animals in the lodge mural across from the bar, you can drink for free during the entire evening while wearing the [viking] helmet.” WHAT?? That’s awesome. I have to go back soon…
This review first appeared in UPchicago Bar Crawl #4: Edgewater & Andersonville