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Charleston

Dive Bar$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
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  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Serious Eats
  • Carly S.
    "Fantastic music and cocktails."(8 Tips)
    sharif n.
    "Cozy dive-bar."(2 Tips)
    mellonsr
    "Stellar beer prices and awesome jukebox selection!!"(6 Tips)
    Lisa W.
    "great music."(4 Tips)
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  • sharif n.
    sharif nassrAugust 18, 2012
    Cozy dive-bar. If you're in the mood for beer, drink beer. If you're in the mood for wine, drink wine. No kitchen. So if you're in the mood to munch, have a plan.
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa WApril 24, 2014
    Excellent classic cocktails (love their Dark & Stormy) and great music. Cheap ginger beer if you are going booze free for the night. Cash only!
  • Marisa R.
    Marisa RuizJune 11, 2013
    No food menu, so don't plan to balance those high alcohol content Belgians with munchies! Great low key spot though, including organic brew options.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 24, 2012
    The former scruffy saloon changed hands a couple of years ago and morphed into a spot to sip craft beers while DJs spin. But one thing has stayed the same: no TVs. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    My go-to when I want a great drink at a reasonable price in a bar with low levels of pretension. Read more
  • Mike E.
    Mike EwingSeptember 30, 2012
    Don't get a cocktail. The ambiance is great but the cocktails are tiny and subpar. Get a beer and have a good time with good tunes.
  • Jordan
    JordanMarch 8, 2015
    The cocktails are solid and the bartenders will gladly riff on the classics to mix it up for you.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 5, 2013
    A great corner bar in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Order a Negroni or a classic Old Fashioned.
  • Carly S.
    Carly SJune 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Photobooth and cash-only. Fantastic music and cocktails. Usually a great crowd.
  • Hannah ..
    Hannah ...January 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    ask for chalk at bar, leave your mark on back blackboard wall!
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SmithMarch 28, 2015
    Bring cash for the photo booth in the back!
  • Todd B.
    Todd BarnhartMay 23, 2013
    Definitely no longer a dive bar. Reading of what once was (http://www.chibarproject.com/Reviews/Charleston/Charleston.htm) makes me a bit sad.
  • David S.
    David StrasserJuly 4, 2014
    Try the photobooth in the back after a few drinks.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 8, 2010
    When to go: A recent change of ownership means a new cocktail list and an array of DJ nights. Read more
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GanchorreJune 8, 2012
    cute and cozy hideaway bar
  • Layne F.
    Layne FrostJuly 3, 2013
    This awesome place is not a dive bar. It's more like a classy joint.
  • mellonsr
    mellonsrApril 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Stellar beer prices and awesome jukebox selection!!
  • Marc S.
    Marc StevensNovember 7, 2011
    ATM, benches, good music, real folks.
  • Rishi D.
    Rishi DesaiNovember 19, 2010
    Great beer selection and prices, but bring cash!
  • Ginna R.
    Ginna RyanMarch 20, 2010
    Agree with John great ambiance. Be prepared for cash only!
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    what an extremely fancy dive bar
  • Mat B.
    Mat BurnettFebruary 15, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    If these stools could talk.
  • John L.
    John LagoFebruary 12, 2010
    New owners, nice ambiance and music
  • Joey B.
    Joey BrennanSeptember 22, 2010
    Cash only. Be prepared.
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