Small Bar (Bar, Wicker Park)

Location: 2049 W. Division
Phone: (773) 772-2727
Website: http://www.thesmallbar.com/

As a soccer fan living in the states I am often alone in my love and admiration for the sport. Mondays around the water cooler, I leave the average American amazed by my lack of knowledge of Jay Cutler’s performance or my lack of loyalty to either the Cubs or the Sox. This amazement turns to dumbfoundness when I try to explain Tim Howard’s fantastic performance with Everton or why Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barca will leave Arsenal extremely vulnerable come the start of the season, or even why the World Cup is one hundred times more important than the Super Bowl, World Series or NBA Finals combined. Thankfully I have found a place where all my prayers will be answered.

Located on West Division, Small Bar provides the open doors, well-lit atmosphere associated with American bars, all while housing the hardcore soccer fandom found in an English Pub. Premier League, UEFA Champions League and pretty much every major soccer tournament in Europe and North America can be seen here on large screen TV’s surrounded by a group of people who genuinely care about what’s happening.

Small Bar has a great beer selection, even including their own SmallBar Pale Ale. They also offer some great specials on these craft beers all week long. The food is appropriate to the atmosphere, with finger pickings a plenty and some serious burgers outlining the surprisingly gourmet menu. The place keeps its doors and windows open during nice days and about 20 tables of outdoor seating.

Overall, the atmosphere is exactly what one would expect from a sports bar, loud and over the top. Nonetheless, seeing “the beautiful game” on screen is a welcome change to the classic American sports we are used to seeing. Needless to say, it’s a downright heaven for futbol lovers in Chicago.

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