Best Bars In Chicago


Last June I was fortunate enough to spend 4 nights and three days in the Windy City. It was a good friend’s bachelor party and he always wanted to rip it up in Chicago. We took in a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. We ate some deep-dish pizza. And we definitely tried our best to hit every one of the Best Types Of Bars For Bachelor Parties on our list. Mind you, it wasn’t all just fun and games, as along the way I did do some preliminary research for this post of the Best Bars In Chicago.

When coming up with a Best Of anything list, there will always be people who will disagree. As a wise man once said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.

Here at the BarWhiz Blog we completely agree with that ideal, but also know that each and every one of your opinions matter. That is why we would like you to take the time to review any of these bars found of our Best Bars In Chicago list, or any Chicago bars for that matter, here on the Chicago page. Best of all, if you take the time to leave a review we will enter you into a draw for a chance to win something special from us, your favorite drink *.

So without further adieu, here are the BarWhiz picks for the Best Bars In Chicago:

#1 Big Star

One of the best places to get your day drink on is at the Big Star patio. Enjoy one of their famous margaritas, chug back a few cold ones and nosh on some delicious pork belly tacos. Get there early, because on a nice day the patio fills up fast.

#2 Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

From their Sunday night poetry slams to live Jazz every night, the Green Mill has been beat-boppin’ and scattin’ all over Chicago for the last 100 hundred years. It’s a great place to kick back, relax and enjoy a tasty beverage or two in one of Chicago’s uptown neighbourhoods.

#3 Half Acre Tap Room

If you are a fan of Chicago’s local brew, Half Acre, then you will be excited to try their bare essential Tap Room. There aren’t any televisions on the wall showing the game. There’s no tapas menu or daily cocktail special. It’s just all about the beer. With ten taps flowing everyday and one-off casks and firkins being poured every Friday, the Half Acre Tap Room is a great place to grab a delicious beer in Chicago.

#4 Scofflaw

If cocktails are more your thing, then head on over to Logan Square for some seriously amazing cocktails at Scofflaw. Be warned, it is a gin joint, so the majority of cocktails are infused with that delicious juniper berry based spirit. Even if you are not a fan of gin you should give it a try, you may just be surprised.

#5 Funky Buddha Lounge

Funky Buddha is an extremely cool little place to dance the night away. Since it is a favourite hangout for locals it’s also a great way to make some new Chicago friends, and maybe more. Local DJs are on set most nights to spin some music that will get you moving.

#6 Moody’s Pub

Located in the neighbourhood of Edgewater, Moody’s Bar is notorious for its amazing burgers, inexpensive drink list, and for having one of the best beer gardens in all of Chicago. Although the exterior of this Pub is very un-pub like, the interior will make you forget you are anywhere but one of the best pubs in Chicago.

#7 Sheffield’s Wine & Beer Garden

Another great beer garden in the city is Sheffield’s Wine & Beer Garden. With an impressive selection of wine and beer, plus some very tasty selections from the BBQ, Sheffield’s is a great bar to spend on those warm summer days sipping some wine and catching up with friends.

#8 Sound Bar

If you are really looking for a hot sweaty dance party, then look no further than Chicago’s very own Sound Bar. Brining in the best DJs and party promoters around, the Sound Bar has three specialized rooms to get you moving on the dance floor, two that are for every one and one that is members only. But hey, if you got some moves, maybe you’ll get an invite into the VIP room.

#9 Duke of Perth

From the attractive kilted wait staff, to over 90 options of single-malt scotch, the Duke of Perth is the best Scottish pub in all of Chicago. Granted, Chicago only has like two Scottish pubs, but the Duke is by far the best. So if you like your kilts short and your scotch smooth, head on over to the Duke, and make sure you get there early ’cause it can get a wee bit packed on any given night of the week.

#10 Hopleaf Bar

Another great Chicago bar, with a pretty amazing beer garden, is the Hopleaf Bar in Andersonville. What really sets it apart from every other bar on our list, other than the fact that they serve probably the best steamed mussels in the entire city, is their selection of Belgian beers and Trappist ales. The Hopleaf is a neighbourhood bar with a loyal group of regulars, so don’t be surprised if you can’t get a seat if you arrive too late.

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Corey Rozon is a freelance writer from Ottawa, Canada.

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