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In the opinion of anyone here who lives in, or has lived in, the greatest city in the world (aka Chicago), what is the best bar in the city? I'm a big fan of Rossi's (little old-man dive on State St just north of Kinzie) and Mutiny (punk-rock dive at Fullerton and Western). Yeah, there is a theme there. They both have dirt cheap beer, neither one is ever crowded, and they both have great jukeboxes, although Mutiny's is better in my opinion.

What about you?
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It has been quite some time since I've hung out anywhere in Chicago. I do sort of vaguely remember some nights at Wise Fools, on Lincoln street, I think, near the University of Chicago campus? I may have the locations muddled in my mind. This was back in late 70s maybe, possibly 80s. Some great live blues music, some good times. I have no idea what the place, if it still exists, is like these days.

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post #3 of 9
Here are a few of my favorite bars in Chicago
-Clark St. Ale House-just a couple of doors down from Chicago Ave. Great beer selection and nice atmosphere, especially in summer when the open the floor to ceiling windows and you can look out on the world.
-Both the Map Room and Hopleaf Bar have excellent beer selections!!!!
-Goose Island Brewery-makes great beer and the food is pretty decent also. Only have been to the one on Clybourn which is the original one, I believe.
post #4 of 9
The Clybourne location is going to close near the years end. I used to like the Stilton burger there...and that oh so fresh Goose Island Beer on tap. Especially the IPA, Yummm!

I've also been to the Wrigleyville location (when going to a Cubs game)...there's no comparison. The Claybourne location was a good example of a nice Chicago bar. The Wrigleyville location is just another cramped Chicago bar.

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post #5 of 9
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ok well, Clark St. Ale House is ok. They're a little pricey, but it is downtown. And it's a chef-friendly bar. I have friends that cook at a restaurant near there, and wheever I hang out with them that's where we go.

Map Room and Hopleaf have both been recommended to me, but I haven't tried either.

Goose Island Clybourn... Oh how I will miss thee.

Goose Island Wrigleyville, Oh how I loathe thee. Just like every other bar near there, (with the exception of Town Hall Pub. To my knowledge the only straight bar in Boystown) it is overpriced and overcrowded.
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i like hopleaf myself...but i'll do any place that has decent beer.
post #7 of 9
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Oh, and I almost forgot: Kuma's Corner (a block West of California and Belmont) is great, if you like heavy metal and staff who are all pierced and inked. I love it. Great selection of small-batch imports and domestic microbrews, as well as PBR just for kicks.
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I haven't verified anything...but I've been seeing that GooseIsland Pub, on Clybourne, just extended it's lease for another couple of years.

good news!
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Goose Island Clybourne is not closing. I'm on their mailing list and got an email about it a few days ago. I think I'm gonna go over there this weekend.
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