The Continental (Bar, Humboldt Park)

Photo Credit: Gene Wagendorf III

Location: 2801 W. Chicago Ave.
Phone: (773) 292-1200

And so our group of Humboldt Park Bar Crawlers reached their final destination, The Continental. I’m excited to report that this time Mr. Hertzberg and I weren’t alone in our 4am escapades, as the lovely Tessa and Jackie decided to stick it out and join us for another beer.

Given the name, I expected The Continental to be a bit more like The Clipper, an old-fashioned bar with a laid-back attitude. The bar wound up being more modern looking, but still comfortable. The large leather booths provided a great place to sink in, down one last drink and plan the trip home.

The DJ was spinning a lot of oldies, which scores massive points in my book. I recall a few Motown selections as well as some Beatles. The crowd was a mix between groups of bros and grungy looking rockers, and was pretty buzzing for a late Tuesday night (Wednesday morning?). Drink prices are about average, which is all you can ask out of your 4am-er.

While not necessarily spectacular enough to make it a destination bar, it’s a great late night option in an area where there aren’t many other. The Continental also gets an extra gold star for the attentive bartender. She shot back and forth like a pinball, making sure no one had a long wait despite the crowd.

Eventually the girls left Team Boi!, and we opted for one more drink. Which turned into two more, which turned into another great end to another great bar crawl.

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


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Gene Wagendorf III

About Gene Wagendorf III

Gene is a writer who has spent his entire quarter century of life as a resident of Chicago. When not exploring the city he can be found wandering flea markets and garage sales or having a cigarette between classes at Northeastern Illinois University, where he hopes to acquire a degree in the next quarter century. His favorite smells are old books and bowling alleys. His poetry (how embarrassing!) can be found in issues of Kill Poet, Ditch, Word Riot, O Sweet Flowery Roses and Vowel Movements.

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