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Guthrie's Tavern

Guthrie's Tavern

Lakeview, Chicago
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    Daniel P.
    "A good place to chill with friends and play board games."(28 Tips)
    Carie B.
    "Bring friends and play a game or two."(5 Tips)
    Amanda D.
    "It has great beer selections and fun games to play."(10 Tips)
    "Anyone that’s stopped in knows it’s the best bar in Chicago."(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon63 Tips and reviews
  • board games
  • beer
  • good for dates
  • good for groups
  • lots of board
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  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyFebruary 26, 2017
    Damn near perfect neighborhood bar. It's the kind of place that makes you wish you lived around the corner. Come, drink craft beer, play board games, and order mozzarella sticks.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Hands down my favorite bar in Chicago and my go to bar for date night. If your looking for a laid back bar with a great beer list and a plethora of board games check out Guthries. Read more
  • Kevin D.heart icon on user image
    Kevin DockmanJune 30, 2014
    Friendly folks and awesome atmosphere. Try the Firestone Double Barrel Ale: It's like Fat Tire, only even better for cooling off on a muggy day.
  • Tana B.heart icon on user image
    Tana BabcockJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Amazing, eclectic hole in the wall joint with a large beer selection, full bar and tons of games to play. A neighborhood gem!
  • Charlotte D.
    Charlotte DunneNovember 1, 2017
    Cosy neighbourhood tavern. Huge selection of beers. Lots of board games. Can order takeout there too. Great for getting over a Sunday hangover
  • Chicago Bar Bracketheart icon on user image
    Chicago Bar BracketMarch 21, 2015
    Good but not huge beer list and a perfectly acceptable place to lose to your friends in a game of chess.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Behind the distinctive ivy-covered facade of this neighborhood institution, regulars can partake in board games and beers in one of Lakeview's coziest settings. Read more
  • Ricky A.heart icon on user image
    Ricky AJuly 15, 2018
    The board games makes this place unique, but the beer selection was quite good. Mozzarella sticks are B+. Outside breading could be a little crispier
  • Billheart icon on user image
    BillFebruary 29, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Anyone that’s stopped in knows it’s the best bar in Chicago. Great beers and playing board games with friends draws you in and soon enough you’re making memories for a lifetime
  • Jaclyn O.
    Jaclyn OrtizFebruary 21, 2014
    I love this tavern. Great game selection and decent beer prices. It's a must for all Chicagoans.
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HoltzJanuary 3, 2017
    Good selection of board games - lots of classics, nothing too heavy duty.
  • Whitney M.heart icon on user image
    Whitney MarieMarch 29, 2015
    Great fun and the bartender is nice. Drinks are worth the money you pay for too!
  • Nick I.
    Nick IonitaNovember 25, 2013
    Board games, weird baby doll heads on the ceiling, and stumbling distance from Wrigley. What's not to like?
  • L K.
    L KAugust 9, 2014
    Lots of board games, a great time! Great place for a group to have fun and a wide variety of unique beers.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RoSeptember 3, 2013
    Such an amazing selection of games. So many great beers on tap and in the bottle. And you can order in food!
  • Daniel P.
    Daniel PerezDecember 5, 2011
    A good place to chill with friends and play board games. That is what I love the most about Guthries Tavern.
  • Leslie d.heart icon on user image
    Leslie dMarch 13, 2015
    Cute spot. They have board games and good beer.
  • Danny C.
    Danny CaccioppoAugust 2, 2020
    Still looks like they could do business. The bar is still fully stocked based on what I saw through the window.
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PDecember 9, 2012
    Best place for games, drinks, and a good time. Come here with a group or for a date. Perfect place
  • Vicky A.heart icon on user image
    Vicky AneApril 26, 2016
    I honestly loved the mozzarella sticks. Pizza was good too!
  • Abby M.heart icon on user image
    Abby MolendaAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer list. Loads of fun board games.
  • CJ W.
    CJ WrightOctober 16, 2010
    women love the board/children's games, so there's an excellent girl:guy ratio - however, the table:people ratio isn't as good... get here early to score a table for the night :)
  • Dustin H.heart icon on user image
    Dustin HaleyNovember 4, 2017
    Cute little dive bar with a ton of board games to play.
  • Amanda D.
    Amanda D!May 31, 2011
    I do like this bar. It has great beer selections and fun games to play. You do have to tolerate some loudness though. Read more
  • Dane D.heart icon on user image
    Dane DeasyNovember 17, 2018
    Good beer selection and awesome ambiance! Love it!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 8, 2010
    Sit here: We know it sounds dorky, but seriously, the board games are half the reason to visit this place. Get a spot in the front room to play. Read more
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    They have board games here!
  • faldy r.
    faldy rahmanOctober 29, 2010
    yeah, We know it sounds dorky, but seriously, the board games are half the reason to visit this place. Get a spot in the front room to play
  • Zack C.
    Zack ChristJune 30
    Been here 5+ times
    Hot AF in here. But it's all good. Order a cold beer.
  • Ed B.
    Ed Badgett IIIDecember 10, 2010
    great staff! always a good crowd so you aren't ever alone. unbelievable selection of games. you sank my battleship!
  • Alison
    AlisonNovember 14, 2010
    Love this bar. Board games & alcohol always make for a good time. They pour the drinks pretty heavy here too!
  • Carie B.
    Carie BadgettMay 1, 2010
    Great selection of beers and liquors, and the staff is competent and friendly. Bring friends and play a game or two. Good times!
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KAugust 7, 2016
    Fun for a group night out, also cheap beer
  • Sara
    SaraApril 9, 2010
    Jenga is great here (and the blocks are personalized). Just watch your beer when the tower falls--I've broken a pint glass or two.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WallisMay 25, 2013
    Tampons in the ladies' room. It's like you really get us, Guthrie's, you know?
  • j3nnY G.
    j3nnY G.March 19, 2010
    A cozy spot with plenty of board game fun. If you watch My Boys on TBS, it's pretty much the same bar the crew hangs out in. :p Read more
  • Jess C.
    Jess CMarch 25, 2011
    Good weeknight specials, an extensive beer selection and the board games give this place a homey and inviting feel.
  • Dan C.
    Dan CraigJuly 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the board games. And beer.
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BermanJuly 3, 2015
    Board games and a wonderful chill vibe!
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CarlsonAugust 14, 2010
    The guy with the long hair is Mark. He is EXTREMELY knowledgable about his beer and if you are looking for good suggestions you NEED to listen to him. I have never been dissapointed.
  • Justine D.
    Justine D'AmourSeptember 10, 2014
    Parcheesi is surprisingly very, very fun!
  • Katrina
    KatrinaMarch 25, 2010
    If you're patient, the tamale man will make an appearance. Listen for "tamales, tamales!" and have your $5 ready.
  • Corinneheart icon on user image
    CorinneJanuary 21, 2015
    Perfect watering hole to break up a mundane week.
  • Brandi C.
    Brandi ClaussenFebruary 23, 2012
    Board games! Yea! and it gets packed so go early to get the good ones!
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BaishMarch 10, 2010
    Get here early and get a table, then snag a game - Scrabble goes quick. Read more
  • Paul T.heart icon on user image
    Paul TziridesApril 15, 2018
    Board games
  • JENGA®
    JENGA®March 5, 2012
    They've got games galore! May we recommend a round of Jenga ;) Read more
  • Lee E.
    Lee EmerickMay 11, 2012
    They have Scruples here! I've been looking all over for it.
  • Matt
    MattFebruary 8, 2017
    Open 365 a year!
  • Otto J.heart icon on user image
    Otto JefimenkoJuly 27, 2018
    Bier and more bier.
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