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Bull & Bear

Bull & Bear

(Now Closed)
Sports Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
River North, Chicago
  • The experts at Serious Eats and Redeye Chicago recommend this place
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    • Redeye Chicago
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  • Natalie L.
    This bar shut down.
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 15, 2016
    Voted Best Bar Food Brunch by Bitches Who Brunch in 2016!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchNovember 2, 2016
    Bull & Bear is a perfect place for friends to gather for brunch and take advantage of a sweet bottomless mimosas deal. The food is good too, and offers a variety of brunch dishes. Read more
  • Damon S.
    Damon SununtnasukOctober 31, 2016
    Truffle Mac & Cheese was great. $6 special at the bar
  • Andres R.
    The Kobe burger was very good and the fries with a bit of truffle flavour were just amazing
  • Craig M.
    Craig MiddletonAugust 12, 2015
    They brought our appetizers and entres at the same time! Cmon man!
  • Alison P.
    Alison PruettJune 21, 2015
    Brussels sprouts are amazing!
  • Jen M.
    Jen Marquez GinnMarch 19, 2015
    Slow service. Don't come here if you're in any sort of a hurry.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OMarch 10, 2015
    I don't know how it's possible to ruin one, but I had the WORST waffle in my life here. They took it off the bill, but it was still concrete.
  • Naz F. G.
    Naz F. GérdabiFebruary 25, 2015
    The brussel sprouts!!!!!!
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoJanuary 27, 2015
    Try the themed specials such as Lunch Lady Land sloppy joe sliders and Farley's Chippendales chocolate chip ice cream sandwich. Read more
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezJanuary 12, 2015
    Good to just chill out and listen to the dj play a variety of music.
  • michelle j.
    michelle jimenezJanuary 12, 2015
    Awesome service. Mike was walking around making sure you were comfortable .
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Southwest salad is awesome!
  • James M.
    James MorganDecember 3, 2014
    Decent wing special in the early afternoon. Trendy more than anything.
  • Geoffrey Z.
    Geoffrey ZuHoneNovember 17, 2014
    Three words: Appetizer Happy Hour!
  • Yaqoob A.
    Yaqoob AlobaidliNovember 11, 2014
    Nachos are solid
  • Sammy C.
    Sammy CampbellOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is excellent!!!!
  • Sammy C.
    Sammy CampbellOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watching the Bears. Com'n man!!!!
  • Amy K.
    Amy KostesichSeptember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Wifi password is 3135275973
  • Brooke F.
    Brooke FurnissSeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Kobe Beef Burger..enough said! We eat here all the time. Great spot to watch a game and literally order the Kobe Beef Burger every time...mmmm tasty!
  • Corinne
    CorinneSeptember 13, 2014
    Plays lots of Kanye videos 👍
  • Brian d.
    Brian d'EonSeptember 10, 2014
    The fries are awesome!
  • Steph
    StephSeptember 3, 2014
    Great brunch! Something for every taste.
  • Lee A.
    Lee AllenAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    It’s a typical River North drinking establishment.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchAugust 10, 2014
    Kobe burger and truffle fries here are awesome! Taps at the tables too.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherJune 12, 2014
    Clearly not a soccer bar, judging by empty tables at the start of the World Cup!
  • Jane J.
    Jane JohnsenJune 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sangria pitchers are > 1 gallon, for only $30. Delicious!
  • !:gem:!
    !:gem:!May 10, 2014
    The brunch mimosas for $5 are the best deal I've seen anywhere. So is the DIY chili.
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WarkenthienApril 15, 2014
    #4 drink under Liquid Assets! Yum!
  • Alex F.
    Alex FlisApril 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Liquid Asset drinks! A good variety and girl-friendly flavor options! The Mac and cheese is awesome too
  • Steven D.
    Steven De SomvieleApril 4, 2014
    Best Sports Bar in town
  • @jason_
    @jason_April 4, 2014
    I stopped in here for a beer and the place was buzzing. The NCAA tourney was on so I enjoyed that. I meant to get back but never made it. Maybe next time.
  • Britta D.
    Britta DroyMarch 9, 2014
    Homemade pop tarts are worth the order for sure!
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DubnowJanuary 26, 2014
    Seasonal Benedict for brunch was delicious!
  • Unknown
    UnknownJanuary 22, 2014
    Secured pay per use phone chargers downstairs. The courtesy has just turned into a business
  • Victoria E.
    Victoria ElliDecember 11, 2013
    NYE 2014 at Bull & Bear, Chicago, IL, early @ Tuesday December 31 2013.Grab your tickets @
  • E M.
    E MontrieNovember 10, 2013
    The bloody Mary's suck. Don't do it!
  • Uber Chicago ..
    Uber Chicago .September 18, 2013
    Offering one complimentary appetizer ("Open") with purchase of $20 (Friday)/Free DoItYourself Chili with purchase of $20 (Sat+Sun) during Uber Chicago's CHILOVESuberX, 9/20-9/22.
  • Garlanda F.
    Garlanda Freeze-PuzioAugust 17, 2013
    Steak Tacos are the best. Have a slight kick that keeps me comin back!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 5, 2013
    If you aren't very hungry but are looking for a quick snack, try either the sweet potato or truffle fries. Also, enjoy the many Goose Island beers available here.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BruceJuly 28, 2013
    Place has a Guido-esque dress code. Apparently no shorts allowed... in a Sports Bar... in July! Oy vey... oy vey indeed.
  • Eric B.
    Eric B.July 23, 2013
    Great service, very friendly atmosphere, good food, wine and spirits. And Seth , poured some great drinks with service to match.
  • Amrit M.
    Amrit MehraJuly 21, 2013
    They had a Game of Thrones Trivia here. That is all.
  • Shivani S.
    Shivani SJuly 21, 2013
    They have cafe patron!
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KrolikJune 29, 2013
  • Jason P.
    Jason PhillipsJune 27, 2013
    Julie at the bar is probably the best, most helpful, and friendliest bartender I've ever had. And, she's working the whole bar alone!
  • T H.
    T HJune 20, 2013
    Seasonal guacamole is a definite don't. Mangoes and mint don't belong in guacamole. Avoid.
  • Alyssa M.
    Alyssa MasterJune 16, 2013
    The Kobe burger is amazing!
  • Paul M.
    Paul MatsonJune 1, 2013
    Wrap your salad, fools!
  • Angela W.
    Angela WuMay 28, 2013
    Best. Nachos. Ever.
  • Maria S.
    Maria SánchezMay 28, 2013
    The girls in the door are so rude. They do not treat customers equally. They disn't do things easy at we left!
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LynnMay 21, 2013
    Tuesday trivia!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    These are really enjoyable wings, mostly due to the crisp skin and robust, flavorful meat beneath. You get both ranch and blue cheese dressing, plus a sizable portion of celery, carrots and radishes
  • Aalok P.
    Aalok PatelMay 20, 2013
    Do not order a old fashioned here
  • Kim D.
    Kim DunlevyMay 7, 2013
    Chocolate chip cookie is huge, but the best I have ever had
  • Aga W.
    Aga WrightMarch 2, 2013
    Truffle Mac and Cheese is amazing. Third time I am having it!
  • Jarrett P.
    Jarrett PaytonFebruary 27, 2013
    They have the coolest thing ever... Tappers on the tables! You can't ask for much more. Great place to watch sports on the weekend. Cheers!
  • Jarrett P.
    Jarrett PaytonFebruary 22, 2013
    The Southwest Salad is so good. Sweet potato fries are bomb! #foodiechats
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MinkusFebruary 4, 2013
    Sunday nights are always a blast!
  • Ethan L.
    Ethan LemkeFebruary 3, 2013
    Best burger I've ever had
  • Doug W.
    Doug WamplerJanuary 5, 2013
    Not a typical Chicago sports bar. Very hip, classy, and homogenous with other River North hotspots like Rockit, Underground, et al. Enjoy!
  • Sims K.
    Sims KlairDecember 29, 2012
    One hr of open bar is a bad idea...
  • Joe H.
    Joe HNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bull & Bear was supposed to provide complimentary waffles this morning between 7-9 at my apartment building. They failed to show up & I went to work hungry like a poor. I want answers!
  • ACME Hotel Company Chicago
    Great sports bar with awesome food. They claim to be the Nation’s #1 sports bar the same way we claim to be Chicago’s #1 hotel (both claims, true by the way). The best part you can enjoy the game.
  • Rudy S.
    Rudy SmartassAugust 16, 2012
    I love this place, Great place throughout the weekdays. Real swanky and hip decor. Drinks and hot women. If you get laid from any one of the regulars, consider that you made it in Chicago, True lol
  • Hannah M.
    Hannah McMillanJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This just in: what an asshole that host was. Seriously, guy. If you hate your job so much, quit.
  • Nauman N.
    Nauman NoorJuly 7, 2012
    Kobe sliders seem over rated. Stick to bar basics. Read more
  • Lori B.
    Lori BJune 28, 2012
    Loved the bison burger! A must have!!! Yum!!
  • Nastasia
    NastasiaJune 17, 2012
    Great service and the burger is amazing.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BeldenMay 27, 2012
    Always go with the sweet potato fries side.
  • Lance H.
    Lance HApril 25, 2012
    Douchey douche douche...pretty much describes this place
  • Techweek 2.
    Techweek 2012April 17, 2012
    One of our favorite happy hour spots. Especially nice when you can grab a seat on the patio.
  • Heather N.
    Heather NausidMarch 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The shrimp tacos are the best thing on this planet. And get the lush to drink. They put watermelon in it!
  • Brian W.
    Brian W.February 27, 2012
    Get the "maximum" hot wings. Trust me.
  • Ash W.
    Ash WFebruary 20, 2012
    Best service in A chicago sports bar - great staff Cheddar mashed potatoes is amazing. Tables have a tap for easy boozing.
  • Arm C.
    Arm CandyFebruary 12, 2012
    The Lush is amazing. It I a must try.
  • Jill G.
    Jill GoreeNovember 12, 2011
    The best idea.
  • Mvp C.
    Mvp ChicagoNovember 8, 2011
    The place to be on a Friday night w/ Most Valuable Promotions! Tell the host u are w/ "MVP" 1st drink is on us b4 11pm. $30 optional wristband open bar 9-1 available as well! 630.286.9331 for tables!
  • Mo K.
    Mo KabreNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday night. Check DJ Gordo mix it :) sicckkk
  • Michael S.
    Michael SheehanNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the habanero sauce on the side for everything. Stuff has some spice....if you can handle it.
  • Angela
    AngelaOctober 19, 2011
    Fun on Saturdays and Sundays during the day. Love the tap beer at your table.
  • kate F.
    kate FELDTOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the "unbearable" wings. I dare you. If I can do it, so can you.
  • kate F.
    kate FELDTSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the lush. Repeat.
  • Amanda C.
    Amanda ConnorsSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is so damn amazing!!! My winter fav!
  • Okimak
    OkimakSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their burgers.... Read more
  • Rakesh S.
    Rakesh S.September 7, 2011
    Bison burger is delicious; I opted for Gruyere rather than Brie cheese.
  • Antonio F.
    Antonio FioreSeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for Sharpie and Tazer in the back corner.
  • candace c.
    candace cornerAugust 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Truffle fries! You won't be disappointed.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SilversJuly 25, 2011
    Truffle fries are pretty clutch. Read more
  • Sara R.
    Sara RobertsonJuly 18, 2011
    The Go Fish appetizer is amazing.
  • Christine S.
    Christine S.July 16, 2011
    Perfect place for lunch! Great food!! Just a block from the Mart.
  • Laney B.
    Laney BJuly 2, 2011
    Great service! Took the waitress's recommendation for turkey sloppy joes, her favorite thing on the menu. Was Delicious! My friend got the nachos...yummy too.
  • Rob W.
    Rob WJune 27, 2011
    Happy hour is 3-6 on weekdays. 50% off all appetizers.
  • Poggled P.
    $15 for $30 Worth of Brunch & Beverages ($30)! Get this great deal now from or our iphone/android app.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Call ahead to reserve the tableside taps, which let you pour your own beer without the wait.
  • Felipe A.
    Felipe AlmeidaJune 7, 2011
    Hit your waitress in the head with your empty glass when you need a refill...
  • Tim M.
    Tim McDonaldMay 17, 2011
    The @Zaarly Chicago Dream Team Happy Hour is 6-8 on May 17. Want to know what Zaarly is?
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RoshaApril 19, 2011
    Hostesses are not helpful at all. Avoid.
  • Allie L.
    Allie LeFevereApril 18, 2011
    Free Drink at Bull & Bear this Friday for Earth Day! Just say you're a 'Chick'agoan! Read more
  • Raquel H.
    Raquel HenryMarch 22, 2011
    I recommend the Mussels here. Delish! Anything on tap is great!
  • La
    LaJanuary 3, 2011
    The Lush cocktail is absolutely refreshing and the portobello fries are uber delicious
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityDecember 20, 2010
    The hottest spot in River North for after-work imbibing—due, in large part, to at-table taps.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SteeleDecember 5, 2010
    Truffle mac and cheese = heaven on a plate
  • Lauren Z.
    Lauren ZanerDecember 3, 2010
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup. Done and done
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 17, 2010
    Try the Roasted Duck Hash
  • JP V.
    JP VanikiotisSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
  • Lilly M.
    Lilly MikleuSeptember 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Case of the Mondays? No need!! Start your week off right at at Bull & Bear for Monday Night Football. They've got spectacular specials like $3 Bud & Budlight bottles, and me...front and center :)
  • Bear D.
    Bear DohringSeptember 9, 2010
    This place gets packed quick on weekends and thursdays, go to the back bar, elbow through and cross your fingers for service.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BrooksAugust 23, 2010
    This place is popular, and I do come here based on the crowd and covenient location from work.....BUT....the service is pretty bad on a consistent basis. So not great if u want attentive service.
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanAugust 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Look for Brandi - the best bartender.
  • Scott G.
    Scott GendelmanJuly 28, 2010
    Chik sangwich is amazing!!!
  • Leyla A.
    Leyla ArsanJuly 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    How cute are those beer pourers at the tables? And, Brandi is my girl! @FIJIhunt
  • Michelle M.
    Michelle MillarJuly 18, 2010
    Try the Lush! Delicious cocktail.
  • Colin C.
    Colin CJuly 6, 2010
    Great burgers, if you're planning to catch a big event, reserve a tbl ahead of time, it gets pretty crowded. After the game head down the street to EPIC (112 W. Hubbard St) to keep the party going
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HJune 30, 2010
    Service is pathetic. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MorelliJune 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ridculously Huge Chocolate Chip Cookie is dam good.
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WinttersJune 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I recommend the grilled boneless wings with award winning BBQ sauce if your health concious...The Lush is the summer drink for sure under Liquid Assets;)
  • Dhyana L.
    Dhyana LandaMay 29, 2010
    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is great. Grilled cheese is a little small, but still yummy!
  • Crain's Chicago Business
    Great bar food here--try the pulled pork, served with a tangy barbeque sauce. Read more
  • Chris S.
    Chris SweisMay 2, 2010
    Get a $10.00 promotional gift card for Bull and Bear on your iPhone from JunoWallet Read more
  • Alix R.
    Alix RezmanApril 26, 2010
    Do not attempt this place on a Saturday night. I could not move/got elbowed more times than I could count.
  • Keegan M.
    Keegan MoonMarch 23, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the Lush on their cocktail menu. Best wings in the city! Read more
  • Anthony M.
    Anthony MatesiMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Absolutely the most mouth watering, deliciously, oustanding chicken sandwhich ever. Love the added avocado. And of course the fries. Love this food!
  • Anthony D.
    Anthony DiClementiFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Best burgers in Chicago and the table taps kick ass. Check out Bull & Bear on Thursdays then head down the street to RiNo late night with Outfit Events!
  • Joey V.
    Joey VitaleFebruary 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food, good alcohol, and a great crowd on Thursdays hosted by Outfit Events
  • Leena S.
    Leena SomaniFebruary 18, 2010
    Dude this place gets pricey.
  • Emily M.
    Emily MFebruary 17, 2010
    The best Nachos! Half Price on Tuesdays!
  • Rachelle B.
    Rachelle BowdenJanuary 24, 2010
    Call ahead to reserve a table. Each table has two beer taps on it. When you call you can specify the type of beer you prefer on your tap.
  • Kelli L.
    Kelli LangdonAugust 7, 2009
    share the nachos with your table.
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