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The 10 Best Bars In Uptown, Chicago

The Green Mill Lounge - Chicago┃© Keith Cooper/Flickr
The Green Mill Lounge - Chicago┃© Keith Cooper/Flickr
Uptown revolves around cultural diversity, and so it only makes sense for the bar scene to reflect the Chicago neighborhood’s celebration of the unique. In Uptown, you’re pretty much guaranteed a classy cocktail, a cornucopia of craft beers, and sweet, sweet music. We list 10 of the best bars to try.

Fat Cat

Fat Cat bar represents the best of classic American fare. You can’t go wrong with Trivia Tuesdays or Mussel Pot Wednesdays. With awesome burgers like the Hot Mess (an amazing reimagining of the Big Mac) and TVs that always have the game on, the Fat Cat is an ideal location to watch football on those slow Sunday mornings.

The Fat Cat┃ © Brady Guy

The Green Mill

The Green Mill draws a lot of its fame from its historic past; it was frequented by the infamous Al Capone. For this reason, and because it is featured in nearly every Chicago tourist pamphlet, the Green Mill can perhaps be classified as ‘touristy.’ However, you absolutely cannot let that stop you from checking it out, as The Green Mill is possibly the crown jewel of Uptown. It hosts some of the best shows in the city, featuring the most talented comedians, poets, and musicians that Chicago has to offer.

Big Chicks

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Big Chicks
Big Chicks | © Brady Guy
One of the many LGBT-friendly bars in Uptown, Big Chicks celebrates local artists, as well. The sister restaurant to Tweet, the delicious brunch restaurant next door, Big Chicks features wall-to-wall art created by local talent. Big Chicks is famous for its friendly atmosphere, Dollar Burger Night, and free shots at midnight.
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Sun - Mon:
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 3:00 am

Crew Bar and Grill

You’ll be hard-pressed to beat the Crew Bar and Grill come football Sundays. At Crew Bar and Grill (Chicago’s Premier Gay Sports Bar), you can enjoy the game in peace, as well as mouthwatering bar food and great cocktails.

Crew Bar and Grill Interior┃ © Brady Guy

The SoFo Tap

LGBT friendly SoFo Tap has an extensive collection of drinks and a great backyard beer garden. In a way, The SoFo Tap is two bars in one; sometimes it’s a relaxed place to go and throw a few darts while you nurse a drink, and other times it’s a popular local spot for karaoke or a goofy live game show night.

The SoFo Tap, 4923 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 784 7636

The Sofo Tap┃© Brady Guy

The Sofo Tap┃© Brady Guy

Marty’s Martini Bar

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Marty’s Martini Bar
Marty’s Martini Bar | © Brady Guy
If you’re looking for a drink that is not only a work of art but also potent as hell, look no further than Marty’s Martini Bar. Constructed in the style of a Prohibition-era speakeasy, Marty’s Martini Bar serves colorful cocktails, including The Dirty Bird (vodka and olive juice with blue cheese-stuffed olives). Marty’s small but inviting atmosphere, professional staff, and ‘different strokes for different folks’ attitude make it a great neighborhood watering hole.
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Sun - Mon:
2:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am

Simon’s Tavern

Simon’s Tavern is rivaled only by The Green Mill in Uptown as the historical mainstay of the Uptown/Andersonville area. After it was converted from a speakeasy for the neighborhood’s Swedish population, Simon’s Tavern became a fixture of the neighborhood. Longevity comes with a price, it would seem, as the Tavern is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a woman caught up in a torrid and violent chain of events. Mysterious history aside, Simon’s Tavern serves people from all walks of life; looking down the bar, you’d be hard pressed to pin down a majority demographic.

Simon’s Tavern Sign┃ © Kim Scarborough/Flickr

Decibel Uptown

Bar, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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Decibel Sign
Decibel Sign | © Brady Guy
The Decibel Bar in Uptown is a low-key local bar and locals hangout. Marketed as an Asian Fusion Bar, it is one of the best places at which to enjoy good food and even better local jazz, blues, and rock and roll. The kitchen is open late and strengthened by the quality, professionalism, and friendliness of the service staff.
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The Bar on Buena

Bar, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, American, $$$
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The Bar on Buena is a local comfort spot; multiple TVs, a rotating list of craft beers, and quality Tex-Mex bar food that’ll settle you in for the long haul. The Bar on Buena is a dream realized by two high school friends who wanted to own their own sociable neighborhood bar. They definitely succeeded. The atmosphere is high-energy, but it doesn’t impede upon your personal conversations.
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Sun - Mon:
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Tue:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
4:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
11:30 am - 3:00 am

Agami

While there is a seemingly impossible collection of delectable Asian restaurants in Uptown, Agami leads them all in both atmosphere and quality of food. The dim lighting and professional wait staff make Agami the premier location for date night. Like most sushi bars, Agami offers classic and more traditional rolls, but if you’re not a purist, then the Chicago Bulls Roll (spicy blue crab and baked scallops topped with grilled tiger shrimp in spicy garlic sauce, guacamole, and pico de gallo with golden aioli and unagi sauce) will blow your taste buds out of your mouth.

Agami, 4712 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 506 1845

Men In Black Roll┃Courtesy Of Agami

Men In Black Roll┃Courtesy Of Agami