The Beetle Bar & Grill (Bar, Humboldt Park)

Location: 2532 W. Chicago
Phone: (773) 384-0701

Forgetting that bars do have to close at a certain hour, we hastily made our way from boardgame fun at Archie’s to the Beetle just before last call. Formerly the Black Beetle, this bar was pretty much emptied out by the time we got there. From what I can tell though the place has some swell deals to reel the locals in. We happened to venture in on taco Tuesday, which means $2 tacos, $3 Tecate and $4 Cuervo (so that explains why I was drinking Tecate). Since it was the end of the night, we all opted for the deal, but the bar does boast a national and international list of fifty bottles and standard drafts from Bell’s, Lagunitas, Three Floyds and more.

None of us had a chance to try to the food, but I’m not sure where else in Humboldt you’d be able to find a Nicoise salad; might be worth a try. A variety of sandwiches, pizzas and burgers fill out the rest of the menu, most of which seems standard bar fare. Monday night is for trivia (prizes are concert tickets you say?) and there’s seems to be a decent deal for each day of the week. If nothing else, grab a Point and a Powers for $6. And the advantage of the Beetle’s location is when the last of last calls is called, it’s just a short walk to the Continental.

This article first appeared in UPchicago’s Humboldt Park Bar Crawl


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Andrew Hertzberg

About Andrew Hertzberg

If identity is an illusion, I’m a magician in training. And although Emerson was right in pointing out that “with consistency, a great soul has simply nothing to do” the one constant I don’t mind in my life is Chicago. Yes, even the boredom of her suburbs couldn’t suppress the glow of the city, my attraction as a moth to flame. The future is unwritten, the characters are ever-expanding, and the plot is a perpetual foray through rising actions, conflicts and falling actions; the setting, however, remains the same.

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