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Old Town Ale House

Dive Bar$$$$
Old Town, Chicago
  • Bennington R.
    "Great dive bar opposite Second City."(3 Tips)
    Paul V.
    "Best juke box in Chicago & open until 4AM!"(6 Tips)
    Shannon L.
    "The library and pinball machines aren't there anymore."(4 Tips)
    Brittany N.
    "Cool for cheap drinks and talking with random strangers at the bar"(2 Tips)
42 Tips and reviews
  • jukebox
  • second city
  • good for a late night
  • cheap drinks
  • jazz music
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  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 6, 2016
    One of the best dives in America, grab a few beers, say hi to Street Jimmy and enjoy some old tunes on the jukebox. The owner Bruce painted all the art adorning the walls, Roger Ebert was a regular.
  • Bill
    BillSeptember 16, 2016
    Low-key and friendly place with a cool feel where they don't judge you by your shoes. The art always gets people talking.
  • Tana B.
    Tana BabcockJuly 1, 2016
    Eclectic - loved the drawings/paintings all along the wall. Cash only!
  • Timothy B.
    Timothy BurdonMay 15, 2016
    Good atmosphere. Lot's of conversation and good 🍺
  • Makena H.
    Makena HeffernanMay 1, 2016
    Super cheap. Decent drafts.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FlisApril 8, 2016
    It's a little dirty. Yea it's a dive bar but there are plenty of other options on Wells Street
  • Zach S.
    Zach SmithNovember 3, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Casual 4 am bar, cash only, old fashioned jukebox with jazz and bebop. Check out the raunchy paintings on the walls. Gets a pretty diverse crowd.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioAugust 18, 2015
    One of the best dive bars in the city. Catch a few Old Town locals and plenty of Second City folks.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsJune 16, 2015
    Check out Old Town Ale House as it was featured on Best Bars in America for Legendary comedic hangout across the street from second city Read more
  • Mark P.
    Mark ParkerFebruary 28, 2015
    Great artwork
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleAugust 30, 2014
    Love the atmosphere in this place. Cool for cheap drinks and talking with random strangers at the bar
  • Ben H.
    Ben HensonAugust 8, 2014
    Awesome little dive
  • Ruben
    RubenJuly 10, 2014
    Cash only... Good place to end the night. Vingastic place
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RApril 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the beer.
  • Christina Y.
    Christina YFebruary 21, 2014
    Jazz, art, and wheel of fortune, what else do you need?
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan SponsellerJanuary 18, 2014
    Don't go during the daylight
  • Justine S.
    Justine SmithDecember 6, 2013
    Amaxing dive... check out the naked portraits!
  • Kerstin
    KerstinNovember 19, 2013
    Door guy is very good at crosswords
  • Jepponk
    JepponkAugust 25, 2013
  • Jason B.
    Jason BennettMay 26, 2013
    The bathroom smells like my bathroom in college.
  • justin d.
    justin dulaApril 20, 2013
    Admire the artwork
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 11, 2013
    You can actually buy some of the art on the walls of the bar. Order something on tap.
  • Kent C.
    Kent CarmichaelJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    There's not a better bar in Chicago.
  • Peggysue R.
    Peggysue RealOctober 24, 2012
    This place is the home of the best art in the city.
  • Julia C.
    Julia Colosimo-PetersOctober 21, 2012
    So politically incorrect. Hilarious! Cash only.
  • ryan m.
    ryan mortonJune 10, 2012
    The best jukebox in the city! Hardbop Jazz!
  • GFour P.
    GFour ProductionsApril 19, 2012
    Motherhood the Musical is playing down the street at the Royal George Theatre. Use the code OTB5 for $5 off your ticket at the box office or online
  • Mark O.
    Mark OwensApril 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Great staff and good drinks. Excellent atmosphere for meeting friends...
  • Neil O.
    Neil OCallaghanFebruary 10, 2012
    This is a good place to get fricken blasted, guy!
  • Veronique L.
    Veronique LeeOctober 14, 2011
    Ten dollar pbr pitchers!
  • Melanie V.
    Melanie VDecember 19, 2010
    Cash only!!! PBR on draft and they serve High Life!
  • Yuki N.
    Yuki NagaNovember 29, 2010
    pinball pinball yeahhhhh
  • angela w.
    angela whitbyOctober 17, 2010
    Seriously awesome dive bar. Crazy good people watching. Cash only.
  • Shannon L.
    Shannon LehotskySeptember 8, 2010
    The library and pinball machines aren't there anymore.
  • Hester T.
    Hester Tinti-KaneJuly 26, 2010
    Play the old pinball machine and check out the "take 1 leave 1" library!
  • Bennington R.
    Great dive bar opposite Second City. Great atmosphere, even better jukebox.
  • Alexandra G.
    Alexandra GibsonMay 18, 2010
    They don't take credit cards so bring cash.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 8, 2010
    Look here: The portraits hanging in this bar are mostly of regulars (with a few politicians thrown in). Read more
  • Paul V.
    Paul VatoFebruary 24, 2010
    Come for the stiff drinks, stay for the insane characters that populate this Chicago institution which caters to the comedians/alcoholics of Old Town. Best juke box in Chicago & open until 4AM! Read more
  • Casey B.
    Casey BrazealDecember 16, 2009
    Best Juke box in the city.
  • Jorge J.
    Jorge JustJuly 28, 2009
    be very old and get very drunk.
  • Natalia S.
    Natalia SorokaDecember 30, 2015
    Очень уютное местечко в Старом городе, недалёко от центра. В зале можно увидеть людей, чьи лица на картинах, так что - оглянитесь вокруг) Пиво - 5 долларов.
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