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Mad River

Mad River

(Now Closed)
Sports Bar$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
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  • Eater
    EaterOctober 19, 2016
    Team: Philadelphia Eagles, Michigan State. Philly transplants rave about Mad River, and they also root for Spartans, and claim to have good specials, which can't be found on the Internet. Whelp. Read more
  • Nicolette M.
    Nicolette MabiniDecember 6, 2013
    Wednesdays are awesome! DJs play great music, from edm to hip hop. They have booths to chill in and a open up space to dance. Bartenders are amazingly nice and handsome/gorgeous. Cheap drinks too!
  • Roman H.
    Roman HenclewskiOctober 26, 2013
    The definition of douchy bars.. you know it's this way when for birthday parties it's all you can drink for a specified time for 25-30 $$$. also voted/ described as a top 10 douchy city bars
  • Chicity82heart icon on user image
    Chicity82May 21, 2015
    Sat Nights: Holy Mother of Dance Floor. The DJ is awesome & it gets packed. Come early if you want a table. Drinks reasonable & it gets hot in there! Dress comfortably, casual no upscale here.
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DulinJanuary 2, 2018
    Good tacos as there from Barcocina next door. Not a great atmosphere or service however.
  • Erin E.
    Erin EngelhardDecember 1, 2013
    I think bars are for talking and drinking, or dancing and drinking. This is a talking bar (no dance floor), but the music was so loud!! I liked the place, but I hope I don't have to scream next time!
  • Gabriella D.heart icon on user image
    Gabriella DeFranceJuly 6, 2015
    Good music. Very diverse. Good staff. Oh and shots are $6
  • Teresa H.heart icon on user image
    Teresa HumbertApril 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Fill out the cards the bartenders and servers hand out - you win a free happy hour on a Friday from 7-10!
  • Cassandra S.
    Cassandra SuraMay 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Fill out a raffle card from a waitress or at the bar to win a free Friday happy hour from 7-10 p.m. Otherwise $10 rails, taps and house wine 7-10 every Friday.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyAugust 22, 2015
    Typical college bar for graduates who wish they could go back to school. There's a bathroom attendant, which is more annoying than anything else.
  • Teresa H.heart icon on user image
    Teresa HumbertJanuary 13, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    $15 Friday happy hour is the bomb dot com!!! Also, great specials for MSU football & basketball!
  • Complex
    ComplexApril 27, 2012
    Mad River Bar attracts the college set because the drink specials are priced for the poor collegiate intent on binge drinking. There are innumerable get-wristband-to-drink-all-you-can specials. Read more
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sign up to win a wristband party for you and your friends: $15 unlimited rails on a Friday night isn't bad!
  • Damon S.
    Damon SununtnasukMay 21, 2017
    Super duper young bro vibe. Large space though
  • Michael P.
    Michael PallaskeAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Oh my god the new chef is super hot! I can't wait to see what he puts in people's mouths!
  • Karin
    KarinApril 16, 2014
    BEST DJ EVER on SATURDAYS! literally only good place to go dancing in Chicago
  • Soktheary N.
    Soktheary NakNovember 4, 2012
    Atmosphere is nice, music is great on Saturday nights. will easily be crowded expect lots of drunk white
  • Mike K.heart icon on user image
    Mike KobitApril 16, 2016
    Don't ask bartenders to change channels. Apparently regular season baseball is more important than playoff hockey here, when nobody is watching but the bartender. Very selfish.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MeekAugust 12, 2014
    Packed on the weekends with a DJ and upstairs. Welcome to your douchey just out of college bar
  • Dustin T.
    Dustin TompkinsJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    great place but if you come and get too drunk and act like a child they will treat you like one. great staff and always try to help within reason.
  • Matt Z.
    Matt ZwieslerSeptember 8, 2011
    Don't wear a sports jersey. Evidently it is against their "policy" to have them on. Can't wait to walk by on a Saturday or Sunday gameday and look for jerseys.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AchtienFebruary 4, 2012
    If you leave your jackets and purses on the table and they get busy, they will move it. They won't tell you either. Kinda dicky move!!
  • Joseph B.heart icon on user image
    Joseph B.August 28, 2014
    Sign up for the free parties, they're pretty good.
  • Mark E.
    Mark EJune 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't get a drink @ da bar downstairs cuz it's crowded? Look for Scott wed n fri @ da mini bar upstairs!
  • Philadelphia Phillies
    Phillies fan in Chicago? You can watch the Phils anywhere with MLB.TV.
  • Rebecca A.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca AnneDecember 5, 2016
    Great music, really fun!
  • Rick C.heart icon on user image
    Rick CummingsAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Not just a bar, you should really try their food!
  • Josh C.
    Josh ClancyMarch 3, 2013
    Try the Starbursts in the bathroom. They are excellent.
  • Carl M.
    Carl MartinezAugust 2, 2013
    You won't be seeing the Eagles winning the Super Bowl here anytime soon.
  • Christina M.
    Christina MaggioreNovember 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't forget that there is a bar in the side room! Annnddd, tip your bartenders ;)
  • Liz H.
    Liz HomsyFebruary 11, 2013
    Not bad...not the best beer selection, but a really friendly and attentive staff :-)
  • Hector M.heart icon on user image
    Hector MurilloNovember 8, 2014
    The DJ is stuck 3 years behind, But the Coke is Fire tho!
  • Becca P.heart icon on user image
    Becca PDecember 17, 2011
    Oh my god. Most crowded, douchey place ever. Throw me in the sewer.
  • Gabriella D.heart icon on user image
    Gabriella DeFranceJuly 6, 2015
    Good old sc
  • Emily M.
    Emily MartinezSeptember 18, 2013
    Where the douchey and ratchet come to play.
  • Eric K.heart icon on user image
    Eric KmetzApril 13, 2014
    $20 minimum on credit card tabs.
  • Jonathan C.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan C.March 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Truffle fries is where its at.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HannemannApril 20, 2013
    Order the Mad River!
  • Maribeth Y.
    Maribeth YostMarch 11, 2012
    Do NOT leave your coat/jacket unattended. You will never see it again.
  • DecibelAffairs.Com
    DecibelAffairs.ComMarch 22, 2012
    Go green go white! Spartans spartans!
  • Brandon Y.
    Brandon YarbroughJune 13, 2011
    Thursday night are fantastic.. who knew?? Read more
  • DecibelAffairs.Com
    DecibelAffairs.ComMarch 22, 2012
    Go green go white go spartans!
  • Philip A.
    Philip AAugust 29, 2012
    This bar has a dress code?!? What a joke!!! This isn't some high end bar in downtown
  • Christina M.
    Christina MaggioreSeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Correction: Happy Hour is 7-10 :)
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 9, 2013
    Erik is that bartender!
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren ErnestApril 3, 2011
    Liz the hostess is to die for <3
  • Sharonda G.
    Sharonda GloverSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    For Eagles games, get here extra early!
  • Réjane T.heart icon on user image
    Réjane TMay 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Woooowww this place is now a Spartan bar. Wise decision.
  • Stan P.
    Stan PlanteNovember 24, 2012
    Criminal elements hang around here and steal from women's purses. And nobody cares because it happens all the time. Go somewhere else.
  • Stephanie D.
    Stephanie DolanSeptember 1, 2011
    Try the Shirley temple!
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