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California Clipper

Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Humboldt Park, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Men's Health Mag and Time Out Chicago
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Time Out Chicago
  • Joshua H.
    "Ditto on the Purple Martin."(3 Tips)
    Salllie Ann W.
    "Whiskey Sour and Sidecar are my favorites"(2 Tips)
    Jake S.
    "... grape soda on tap, board games, and no televisions (all good things). Be..."(4 Tips)
    "Cool vibe with live music"(2 Tips)
47 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • purple martin
  • sidecar
  • comfortable seats
  • board games
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  • JT
    JT1 week ago
    Cool vibe with live music and cheapish drinks - cover was $5 on Friday night
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedySeptember 5, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    An amazing retro mid-century cocktail dive. The Aviation is stellar.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaMarch 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If there's such a thing as "romantic dive" this is it
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BurnickasJanuary 22, 2016
    The atmosphere is crazy cool. The drinks are pricey though.
  • Tateysue
    TateysueMarch 5, 2015
    WAS greatest bar in Chicago. Renovation and large spherical ice cube = $12 cocktail. But the ambiance is 2nd to none.
  • Grace A.
    Grace AldridgeJanuary 14, 2015
    Though I wish there was still a menu of weird $5 cocktails, the cozy vibe in here is just the same. Grab a board game and stay put.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BrouchNovember 15, 2014
    Nice little bar with live country music and great old timey cocktails.
  • Satish
    SatishOctober 27, 2014
    If only I could replicate this lounge everywhere. Throwback era ambience + eclectic music + interesting crowd entice one to explore creative cocktails with equally interesting names here.
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaOctober 26, 2014
    The cocktail menu is so extensive it has a table of contents. There's something for everyone.
  • Alice
    AliceSeptember 16, 2014
    Recently reopened with an extensive cocktail menu. Lots of drinks under $10, but cash only!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MunnJune 14, 2014
    Best Manhattans in Chicago
  • Salllie Ann W.
    Whiskey Sour and Sidecar are my favorites
  • Katie P.
    Katie PalmerMarch 28, 2014
    Try the champagne cocktail!
  • Andrew I.
    Andrew InmanJune 29, 2013
    Purple Martins are an experience
  • Alex U.
    Alex UribeApril 13, 2013
    Between midnight and 1 AM on weekends, these wonderful guys come through with Mexican tamales. The dude with the red cooler has some great ones... 5 for $5.
  • Timmy S.
    Timmy SMarch 9, 2013
    Come to the clip, look for Trish, get her something to drink that's "wild"! Well worth it!!!!!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 10, 2013
    They have grape soda on tap, board games, and no televisions (all good things). Be aware: they do NOT accept international IDs at the door (passports are ok).
  • Max M.
    Max MearsheimerJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Tom Collins. Do it.
  • J H.
    J HJuly 5, 2012
    Get there before 10 or run the risk of waiting in line. And play some jenga!!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJune 4, 2012
    The Clipper is a photo booth away from exhibiting the same shabby hipster cool as Goldstar. Slide into one of the gorgeous old booths on a Friday or Saturday for no-cover live rockabilly groups.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMay 29, 2012
    The Clipper is a photo booth away from exhibiting the same shabby hipster cool as Goldstar. Slide into one of the gorgeous old booths on a Friday or Saturday for no-cover live rockabilly groups. -LB Read more
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChmielewskiApril 1, 2012
    Skip the High Life, order a Tom Collins
  • kirby
    kirbyFebruary 13, 2012
    nice bartender gave me a water with a lime AND a cherry - I call it "the Mind Reader"
  • Cathy W.
    Cathy W.January 31, 2012
    Love the live honky tonk music!
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 14, 2012
    Not going back.
  • VJ_VirinZy M.
    VJ_VirinZy MusicStyleDecember 6, 2011
    MusicLiveStyle California Clipper ^^
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 22, 2011
    This bar proudly advertises the fact they don¹t have a TV. Instead its BingoMondays, live rockability, and board games. Hey, nothing wrong with a littlesocialization.
  • Robber
    RobberOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    This is the best bar in the area, hands down. Great people and great drinks. Movies on Tuesdays!
  • Slamber ✂.
    Slamber ✂July 24, 2011
    Everyone that works there are absolute tools, owners especially. I will never step foot anywhere near this shit place. Don't waste your time and money.
  • Shane S.
    Shane SerafiniMay 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The staff is rad.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    It's in a semi shady part of town, but it's one of the coolest places in the entire city. Vintage decor, well made cocktails, live swing music and soul on the weekends. Read more
  • DjDado H.
    DjDado HopsFebruary 11, 2011
    So Tired..
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. The drinks are stiff -- get a manhattan -- and you can play bingo for inflatable rabbits. What's not to love? Read more
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BakerJanuary 29, 2011
    Fill up on Rusty Nails and then use one stall with a door (not a curtain) in the Ladies room.
  • Chyntia R.
    Chyntia RenizhaJanuary 8, 2011
    California Clipper
  • alfian f.
    alfian fannyDecember 2, 2010
  • Sharmika F.
    Sharmika FaillaNovember 30, 2010
    so i wanted to come by and check out the bingo, guess bingo :( #majorfail
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 26, 2010
    It is unclear what occupied the commercial space between 1918 and 1937, when it reopened as the California Clipper Tavern. We even have a ghost story of our own.
  • candace c.
    candace cornerApril 27, 2010
    Mondays can be boring, but not here. Bingo night!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 8, 2010
    When to go: There’s free live (usually country) music Friday and Saturday nights at 10p.m., grab a comfy booth in the front room if you can handle the volume. Read more
  • chris b.
    chris bApril 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Wanna loosen the gears quickly? Go for a Sidecar, but be warned its too smooth
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the vodka gimlets here. And the California Egg Cream is a sweet fizzy drink.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HughesDecember 20, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Ditto on the Purple Martin. Do it.
  • Mike Y.
    Mike YohoOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday double header film night.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BSeptember 17, 2009
    Bingo Mondays. If you win a prize, expect to be ridiculed by hosts that think they're funny.
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZaughJuly 28, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a Purple Martin at the California Clipper
  • peppermint 0.
    peppermint 002December 7, 2011
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