50 unknown bars
Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern is one of 50 unknown bars.

1. Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern

7.9
2600 W Iowa St (at Rockwell), Chicago, IL
Bar · Humboldt Park · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This 67-year-old family-run bar attracts Ukrainian Village and Humboldt Park cool kids and old-timers for free pool and affordable beers from Half Acre to Hamm’s. Read more.

Ollie's Lounge is one of 50 unknown bars.

2. Ollie's Lounge

6.5
1064 W Berwyn Ave, Chicago, IL
Dive Bar · Edgewater Beach · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Open at 10am most days and closing around when Letterman comes on the TVs, the bar looks imposing from the outside but sparkles inside like a vinyl-padded, wood-paneled midcentury rec room. Read more.

Nilda's Place is one of 50 unknown bars.

3. Nilda's Place

7.6
1858 W Iowa St (Wolcott Ave.), Chicago, IL
Dive Bar · East Ukrainian Village · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Next time you’re in the mood for a beer, forego West Town’s cookie-cutter lounges and hit up this place instead. Owner Gonzalez happily shares warm conversation and her delicious homemade Spanish rice Read more.

Cunneen's is one of 50 unknown bars.

4. Cunneen's

6.7
1424 W Devon Ave (at Newgard Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · Rogers Park · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The barstools, church pews and La-Z-Boys are populated with students and Rogers Park locals chatting or playing chess. The bar is stocked with plenty of beers less than $5, including Berghoff Dark. Read more.

Villains Bar & Grill is one of 50 unknown bars.

5. Villains Bar & Grill

649 S Clark St, Chicago, IL
Bar · Printer's Row · 38 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The bar now has a Bonnie and Clyde–meets-baroque look, and the clientele has gone from old men to young South Loopers. The new owners kicked lagers off the beer list to make room for 100+ microbrews. Read more.

Little Branch Cafe South Loop is one of 50 unknown bars.

6. Little Branch Cafe South Loop

7.7
1251 S Prairie Ave (at S. Indiana Ave.), Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · South Loop · 43 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Come nightfall, this coffee shop transforms into a cocktail bar, and the wine, beer and cocktail lists are tightly edited (think classics such as the Corpse Reviver). Read more.

Murasaki Lounge is one of 50 unknown bars.

7. Murasaki Lounge

8.3
211 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL
Sake Bar · Streeterville · 14 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: At this sake lounge, you can rent a private karaoke room for two hours for $50 per person, which includes one to four bottles of booze, depending on the size of your group. Read more.

8. Algiers Lounge

5436 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Portage Park · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Flo, a youthful 86-year-old with a carrot top, serves up Old Style and MGD ($2.50), plus pierogi, stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls. Read more.

9. Kozy Korner

461 E 63rd St, Chicago, IL
Bar · South Side · 1 tip

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The jukebox is well stocked with R&B dusties, and when “Honky Tonk” by James Brown comes on, women at one end of the bar start clapping along. Read more.

O'Rourke's Office is one of 50 unknown bars.

10. O'Rourke's Office

7.2
11064 S Western Ave (at 111th), Chicago, IL
Bar · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Stake claim to the ringed couches, or take a seat at the bar to chat up friendly bartenders who can help you pick your poison (try the Key Lime Pie and Swedish Fish martinis). Read more.

WaBa Korean Resturant is one of 50 unknown bars.

11. WaBa Korean Resturant

5100 N Western Ave (at W Carmen Ave), Chicago, IL
Korean Restaurant · Ravenswood · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Karaokers can nosh on Korean apps or make a special request for the off-menu Yummyberry cocktail ($6.50), a mixture of soju, pomegranate and housemade ginger simple syrup. Read more.

Bernard's Bar is one of 50 unknown bars.

12. Bernard's Bar

8.3
11 E Walton St (at The Waldorf Astoria), Chicago, IL
Hotel Bar · Near North Side · 17 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: There’s a recession going on? Not in here. At the Elysian Hotel’s clubby bar, it might as well be Reagan’s ’80s—every texture is plush, every server is formal, and every drink is, um, about $15. Read more.

Mugs Bunny is one of 50 unknown bars.

13. Mugs Bunny

7.9
13401 S Baltimore Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Hegewisch · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This bare-bones dive takes the prize for Chicago’s most irresponsibly named bar. That said, this is a friendly place to sip $1 PBR pints or down $5 Vegas bombs with factory workers and police officers Read more.

Sidekicks is one of 50 unknown bars.

14. Sidekicks

7.3
4424 W Montrose Ave (Montrose & Kenneth), Chicago, IL
Karaoke Bar · Mayfair · 13 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Those who reminisce about a time before craft cocktails will find comfort in 21-year-old Sidekicks, where nachos and chicken wings hold court with beer and whiskey. Read more.

Nara is one of 50 unknown bars.

15. Nara

623 W Randolph St (at N Desplaines St), Chicago, IL
Korean Restaurant · West Loop · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The first thing you need to know about this second-story bar is how to find it: tucked between Blackbird and Meiji, up a flight of neglected stairs, into the den of Johnnie Walker Blue Label bottles. Read more.

Darrin's is one of 50 unknown bars.

16. Darrin's

7.6
1249 E 87th St (btwn S Avalon Ave & S Kimbark Ave), Chicago, IL
Jazz Club · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: At Artis’, soul never ended. The bar ramps up on weekends when blues bands take the stage, but is lively during the week thanks to a soul and R&B jukebox, nattily dressed regulars and bartenders Read more.

Ham Tree is one of 50 unknown bars.

17. Ham Tree

5333 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Jefferson Park · 1 tip

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Get the regulars debating the bar’s origin (“In the ’20s, it was a Polish deli and a speakeasy,” says one; “When you leave, sometimes there’s ham,” says another) and you’re in like Honey Baked. Read more.

InField's is one of 50 unknown bars.

18. InField's

5.7
111 N State St, Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · The Loop · 17 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Tucked away in a corner off the basement-level food court, it’s a clean, contemporary sports bar that bustles during lunch, after work and during game time. Read more.

Gilhooley's Grande Saloon is one of 50 unknown bars.

19. Gilhooley's Grande Saloon

6.0
3901 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Mount Greenwood · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Arts organizations are used to benefiting from wealthy patrons, but a student bar? Richard Driehaus donated Gilhooley’s to Saint Xavier University in 2005 (students can use meal cards for pub grub). Read more.

Dancen is one of 50 unknown bars.

20. Dancen

8.1
5114 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Korean Restaurant · Ravenswood · 11 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The owner, K, masterfully dices and fries chicken, beef and pork, and intestines both large and small. Order the soju, but drink wisely: The rice-barley liquor is easy to drink…and 19 percent alcohol. Read more.

The Family Den Cocktail, Lounge & Dance is one of 50 unknown bars.

21. The Family Den Cocktail, Lounge & Dance

8940 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60619, Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Grand Boulevard · 1 tip

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This club features one of the most active dance floors on the South Side. Expect to see blues musicians, slam poets or R&B songstresses light up the house on Thursday open-mic nights. Read more.

Avantgarde BG is one of 50 unknown bars.

22. Avantgarde BG

5241 N Harlem Ave (@ W. Farragut Ave.), Chicago, IL
Eastern European Restaurant · Norwood Park · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This black-windowed storefront houses a surprisingly sleek Bulgarian nightspot. Blood-red walls, plush black sofas and silver banquettes create a vibe worthy of the bar’s name. Read more.

Cal Harbor Restaurant is one of 50 unknown bars.

23. Cal Harbor Restaurant

6.4
546 E 115th St (at S Forrestville Ave), Chicago, IL
Diner · Pullman · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The only alcohol-serving establishment in the Pullman area (the neighborhood’s original design forbade booze), the lounge stays open until 11pm on most nights (2am if it’s really rockin’). Read more.

24. Richie's

3123 W 111th St, Chicago, IL
Italian Restaurant · Mount Greenwood · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A cozy Wisconsin supper club transported to Chicago’s Southwest Side, Richie’s has dished up hearty fare with an Italian accent for city workers in Mount Greenwood since 1999. Read more.

676 Restaurant and Bar is one of 50 unknown bars.

25. 676 Restaurant and Bar

8.3
676 N Michigan Ave (at Huron St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Streeterville · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: How can a bar sitting on prime Mag Mile property be unsung? It’s a mystery, but we don’t mind, because for an after-work cocktail there’s perhaps no better perch than one of this bar’s window seats. Read more.

Karolinka Club is one of 50 unknown bars.

26. Karolinka Club

6102 S Central Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Clearing · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Decorated with cushy armchairs and tchotchke-lined walls, it’s the cozier way to sip $2 beers, have a pierogi and catch up on Polish news. Read more.

Second Story Bar is one of 50 unknown bars.

27. Second Story Bar

8.0
157 E Ohio St (btwn N Michigan Ave & N Saint Clair St), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · Streeterville · 46 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Since 1984, this bar off the Mag Mile has been a low-key, well-hidden hangout for middle-aged gays. Regulars drink cocktails and chat over dance music thumping at a comfortable level in the cozy space Read more.

Rose's Lounge is one of 50 unknown bars.

28. Rose's Lounge

7.0
2656 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · North Side · 21 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: On Fridays, the bar hosts a regular who’s frequented Rose’s Lounge since it opened, a smattering of hipsters and pool-playing men who are clearly quite protective of their tavern and its matriarch. Read more.

Helen and Stan's Corner is one of 50 unknown bars.

29. Helen and Stan's Corner

5960 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Garfield Ridge · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: As “Mississippi Queen” blares on the jukebox at this tavern opened in 1985 by Polish immigrants, municipal employees gather around the pool table and belly up to the bar for bottles of Zywiec beer. Read more.

Bernice's Tavern is one of 50 unknown bars.

30. Bernice's Tavern

8.1
3238 S Halsted St (btwn 32nd St & 33rd St), Chicago, IL
Bar · Bridgeport · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: One of the bar's owners, Steve, hosts a wacky version of bingo, dubbed “Stingo,” Wednesdays at 9:30pm. Read more.

South Shore Inn is one of 50 unknown bars.

31. South Shore Inn

Brainard Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Hegewisch · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The tavern, last rehabbed in 1949, features sparkly gold vinyl booths and a gorgeous Art Deco bar. Bud Light and AmberBock are on tap ($1.55 a pint), and vintage ads for the train line adorn the walls Read more.

Alice's Lounge is one of 50 unknown bars.

32. Alice's Lounge

7.4
3556 W Belmont Ave (at N Central Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Karaoke Bar · Northwest Side · 19 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: When a bar has 4am hours, it’s usually a sign of personal sorrow if you’re there before midnight. Not so at Alice’s, where karaoke veers from expected to epic beginning at 11pm. Read more.

Wrigleyville North is one of 50 unknown bars.

33. Wrigleyville North

6.0
3900 N Sheridan Rd (at W Byron St), Chicago, IL
Sports Bar · Lakeview · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Drunks who stumble over from whatever Irish McSurly’s kicked them out will rejoice at the $2 drafts; locals enjoy a neighborhood lounge blocks from the ballpark but miles away in terms of attitude. Read more.

The Levee is one of 50 unknown bars.

34. The Levee

6.8
4035 W Fullerton Ave (at N Keystone Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · Hermosa · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A beer-bottle-shaped shrub is a sign you’ve found dive-bar gold. The front room features a serpentine brass bar, while the back room walls are decorated with antique tools and Abe Lincoln prints. Read more.

Mr. C's Midway Bar is one of 50 unknown bars.

35. Mr. C's Midway Bar

7.8
4654 W 63rd St (at Kilpatrick Ave.), Chicago, IL
Bar · West Lawn · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Incoming planes pass startlingly close to Mr. C’s, a welcoming dive close to Midway Airport. By day, the bar draws carpenters and tradesmen; at night, crew members and flight attendants show up. Read more.

VFW Blackhawk Post 7975 is one of 50 unknown bars.

36. VFW Blackhawk Post 7975

1000 N Milwaukee Ave Ste 200 (at W Augusta Blvd), Chicago, IL
Bar · Noble Square · 14 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Sassy karaoke MC Bill Nowlin fills the stark room with his smooth singing voice, and if he likes your pipes, you earn a ring from his bell. Read more.

Manhandler Saloon is one of 50 unknown bars.

37. Manhandler Saloon

7.5
1948 N Halsted St (at W Armitage Ave), Chicago, IL
Gay Bar · North Side · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Expect to get manhandled at the Manhandler Saloon. This Lincoln Park hole-in-the-wall is stocked with bottled beers, rugged barstools, gay porn on the TVs and plenty of middle-aged discreet men. Read more.

Cary's Lounge is one of 50 unknown bars.

38. Cary's Lounge

7.9
2251 W Devon Ave (at N Oakley Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · West Ridge · 11 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Monthly karaoke nights and live-band appearances on the tiny stage keep the place interesting, but the real entertainment is interacting (or ducking interactions) with the bar’s cast of characters. Read more.

Martin's Corner Bar is one of 50 unknown bars.

39. Martin's Corner Bar

7.6
2056 W 22nd Pl (at S Hoyne Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · Heart of Chicago · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A mix of the neighborhood’s Latinos and Anglos come out for cheap burgers, chicken sandwiches and chops, plus daily drink specials like $4 pints of Spaten Oktoberfest Read more.

The Fifth Province is one of 50 unknown bars.

40. The Fifth Province

4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · Mayfair · 1 tip

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The Irish American Heritage Center’s in-house pub draws a cast of neighborhood regulars, as well as actors and theatergoers from its two resident companies, Seanachaí and Shapeshifters. Read more.

Gino's North is one of 50 unknown bars.

41. Gino's North

7.1
1111 W Granville Ave (at Winthrop Ave), Chicago, IL
Pizza Place · Edgewater Beach · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This tiny Art Deco bar serves pizza and booze to Edgewater gays and straights. For the past 29 years, the gorgeous 81-year-old Peggy Gelsomino has manned the ovens, making the dough and sauce herself. Read more.

Lighthouse Tavern is one of 50 unknown bars.

42. Lighthouse Tavern

7.5
7301 N Sheridan Rd (at W Chase Ave), Chicago, IL
Bar · Rogers Park · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Everyone is family at the Lighthouse. Bartenders call the owner “Uncle” and patrons “Sugar,” Bears games are celebrated with potluck barbecue, and a memorial board displays the obits of past regulars. Read more.

The Waterhole is one of 50 unknown bars.

43. The Waterhole

7.3
1400 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL
Lounge · Douglas Park · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Ex-cop Tony Anthony’s down-home soul-food restaurant and blues lounge features country dinners of rib tips, chicken wings and catfish, drawing workers from the nearby board of education. Read more.

44. Skyline Lounge

8.3
4740 N Western Ave Fl 6, Chicago, IL
Bar · Ravenswood · 1 tip

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Run by the DANK German cultural organization, the Skyline’s third-Friday Stammtisch open house brings in Deutsche grandmas who pull dancers from the crowd; jazz attracts a younger set on fifth Fridays Read more.

The Bavarian Lodge is one of 50 unknown bars.

45. The Bavarian Lodge

9.3
1800 Ogden Ave (at Devon Ave), Lisle, IL
German Restaurant · 47 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: While the Lodge is beer-heavy, featuring a rotating selection of German and Belgian craft brews, meads and Trappist ales, its Dark and Stormy cocktail is one of the best in or outside the city. Read more.

Lunar Brewing Company is one of 50 unknown bars.

46. Lunar Brewing Company

8.2
54 E Saint Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL
Brewery · 21 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Featuring 60 bottled beers and 18 on tap, the bar releases new seasonal brews, many of which it created itself, every Wednesday—though the housemade cream ale and stout are available all year long. Read more.

Flight 112 is one of 50 unknown bars.

47. Flight 112

9.0
110 W Park Ave (btwn York St & Adell Pl), Elmhurst, IL
Wine Bar · 11 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Get crunk, cultured and coiffed all at the same place. This wine bar/hair salon/art gallery boasts a wide array of organic and ecologically sustainable vinos, as well as a full-scale salon. Read more.

The Montrose Room is one of 50 unknown bars.

48. The Montrose Room

InterContinental Chicago O’Hare (btwn Lawrence Ave & Eastwood Ave), Rosemont, IL
Music Venue · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Concoctions like the Warhol ($12)—a mixture of Mount Gay rum, pureed blackberries and raspberries, lime and simple syrup served in a glass made of ice—make it too easy to run up a steep tab Read more.