10 Great Bars In Chicago’s Ukrainian Village

Big Hops Growler Station Taps | ©Adam Barhan/Flickr
Big Hops Growler Station Taps | ©Adam Barhan/Flickr
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9 February 2017

Chicago’s Ukrainian Village is so much more than beautiful homes and fascinating people. This neighborhood is home to a cavalcade of unique bars that give patrons everything from welcoming atmospheres and friendly bartenders to affordable drink specials and craft cocktails. While the bar selection in Chicago is more than plentiful, you can find bro bars, soccer saloons, hipster hubs and dive drinkeries all within this small, ten by ten block neighborhood.

Old Oak Tap

Bar, American
Right off of Chicago Avenue, Old Oak Tap is filled with rustic style. From the stone fireplace to the light fixtures that belong in a European cathedral, you’ll feel elegant enough to order something from their extensive beer and wine list with confidence and grace, and after that, peruse a menu with everything from bar food to afternoon appetizers. There will be no need to leave the comfortable couches and other plush seating options, and the high ceilings give you enough space to stretch out and relax in true comfort. Be sure to stop by on a summer day to enjoy their huge outdoor patio and enjoy your drinks while basking in the sun.

Fatpour Tap Works

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub, $$$
Fatpour’s 200+ beer list has everything under the sun! Whether you are looking to take in a Blackhawks playoff win with like minded sports fans or enjoy the company of friends in a spacious bar, this two-level establishment will provide you with 50 beers on tap and a relaxing atmosphere. If you want to take in an out-of-market NFL game, Fatpour has upwards of 20 televisions along with NFL Sunday Ticket, so you can watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Tennessee Titans without getting in anyone’s way.

The Beetle

Bar, Restaurant, American, Pub Grub
The Beetle has a drink selection, friendly staff and fun former-jewelry store decor that makes it an absolute must for this list. As a neighborhood hub and a citywide secret, you can take in a sports game, enjoy a trivia night or have a casual drink. Don’t forget to stop in for brunch so you can enjoy one of the spiciest Bloody Marys in the city.


InnJoy serves dozens of different flavors of wings, from teriyaki to habanero. You can even take in a Cubs game on the patio thanks to their outdoor big screen TVs, and once you have fueled up for a night of partying, you can enjoy the in-house DJ by cutting a rug on their spacious dance floor.

InnJoy, 2051 W Division St, Chicago, IL, USA 773-394-2066


Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Bread Food Restaurant People | ©Ed Gregory/Pexels
This bar has a jail theme with actual prison bars in the back. Not only is the beer list expansive and the burger list delicious at Lockdown, you’ll also be able to enjoy a Not Your Father’s Root Beer the way it was meant to be enjoyed: in a frosted mug with 19% alcohol.


After just a few visits to Archie’s, the bartenders will welcome you with free cheese balls and affordable beers. You can even bring your dog into this neighborhood watering hole. The ultra-neighborhood feel here will have you taking part in everything from friendly barbecues on the sidewalk to lively discussions about current affairs.

Archie’s, 2600 W Iowa St, Chicago, IL, USA 872-206-5119


Bar, Pub Grub, American
Love soccer? Cleo’s is the bar for you. Not only will you be able to revel in the glory of a Chicago Fire victory in one of their official bars, you’ll also be able to take in an international game no matter what time zone you’re in. Typical bar snacks are available, along with a beer list that will make you long for a trip across the pond, and we all know that no soccer bar is complete without a game of mini soccer — yes, there is a foosball table!

Bar DeVille

Bar, Pub Grub
If you want to drink in a bar modeled after your grandparents’ living room, Bar DeVille will not disappoint. Beautifully engraved mirrors, creatively designed couches and wall sconces that would make the gargoyles at Notre Dame feel inadequate are all present in this elegant bar. With a pool table, a photo booth and one of the best free stand-up comedy shows in the city in the back room, you’ll have a great night at a decent price.

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