Old Town Ale House

Dive Bar · Old Town
219 W North Ave (N Wieland St), Chicago, IL 60610, United States
Open until 4:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 3:00 PM–4:00 AM
  • Sat
    • Noon–5:00 AM
  • Sun
    • Noon–4:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
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    Bennington R.
    "Great dive bar opposite Second City."(3 Tips)
    Paul V.
    "Best juke box in Chicago & open until 4AM!"(7 Tips)
    Hester T.
    "old pinball machine"(4 Tips)
    Lee R.
    "This is the best bar in Chicago."(2 Tips)
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  • jukebox
  • second city
  • bar in chicago
  • pinball
  • jazz music
  • cheap drinks
  • good for a late night
  • great value
  • beer
  • lively
  • authentic
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • casual
  • cocktails
  • arts
  • staff
  • cash only
  • paintings
  • dive bars
  • yamaoka t.

    Take the beer quiz. Win $500 in beverages! Read more

    yamaoka taro · 1 week ago
  • Zach S.

    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.

    Zach Smith · 3 weeks ago
  • Michael D.

    One of the best dive bars in the city. Catch a few Old Town locals and plenty of Second City folks.

    Michael DiGilio · August 18
  • TV Food Maps

    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

    TV Food Maps · June 16
  • Mark P.

    Great artwork

    Mark Parker · February 28
  • Brittany N.

    Love the atmosphere in this place. Cool for cheap drinks and talking with random strangers at the bar

    Brittany Nicole · August 30, 2014
  • Ben H.

    Awesome little dive

    Ben Henson · August 8, 2014
  • Ruben

    Cash only... Good place to end the night. Vingastic place

    Ruben · July 10, 2014
  • Jeremy R.

    Try the beer.

    Jeremy R · April 7, 2014
  • Lee R.

    This is the best bar in Chicago. It has the best juke box. You're welcome.

    Lee Russell · March 30, 2014
  • Christina Y.

    Jazz, art, and wheel of fortune, what else do you need?

    Christina Y · February 21, 2014
  • Ryan S.

    Don't go during the daylight

    Ryan Sponseller · January 18, 2014
  • Justine S.

    Amaxing dive... check out the naked portraits!

    Justine Smith · December 6, 2013
  • Kerstin

    Door guy is very good at crosswords

    Kerstin · November 19, 2013
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    Jepponk · August 25, 2013
  • Jason B.

    The bathroom smells like my bathroom in college.

    Jason Bennett · May 26, 2013
  • justin d.

    Admire the artwork

    justin dula · April 20, 2013
  • Jake S.

    You can actually buy some of the art on the walls of the bar. Order something on tap.

    Jake Smith · March 11, 2013
  • Kent C.

    There's not a better bar in Chicago.

    Kent Carmichael · January 27, 2013
  • Peggysue R.

    This place is the home of the best art in the city.

    Peggysue Real · October 24, 2012
  • Julia P.

    So politically incorrect. Hilarious! Cash only.

    Julia Peters · October 21, 2012
  • ryan m.

    The best jukebox in the city! Hardbop Jazz!

    ryan morton · June 10, 2012
  • GFour P.

    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

    GFour Productions · April 19, 2012
  • Mark O.

    Great staff and good drinks. Excellent atmosphere for meeting friends...

    Mark Owens · April 14, 2012
  • Neil O.

    This is a good place to get fricken blasted, guy!

    Neil OCallaghan · February 10, 2012
  • Veronique L.

    Ten dollar pbr pitchers!

    Veronique Lee · October 14, 2011
  • Diego R.

    One of the few bars left in the city, and maybe the entire country, that has only jazz on the jukebox! Read more

    Diego Rufo · March 29, 2011
  • Melanie V.

    Cash only!!! PBR on draft and they serve High Life!

    Melanie V · December 19, 2010
  • Yuki N.

    pinball pinball yeahhhhh

    Yuki Naga · November 29, 2010
  • angela w.

    Seriously awesome dive bar. Crazy good people watching. Cash only.

    angela whitby · October 17, 2010
  • Shannon L.

    The library and pinball machines aren't there anymore.

    Shannon Lehotsky · September 8, 2010
  • Hester T.

    Play the old pinball machine and check out the "take 1 leave 1" library!

    Hester Tinti-Kane · July 26, 2010
  • Bennington R.

    Great dive bar opposite Second City. Great atmosphere, even better jukebox.

    Bennington Recompense · June 23, 2010
  • Alexandra G.

    They don't take credit cards so bring cash.

    Alexandra Gibson · May 18, 2010
  • Time Out Chicago

    Look here: The portraits hanging in this bar are mostly of regulars (with a few politicians thrown in). Read more

    Time Out Chicago · April 8, 2010
  • Paul V.

    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

    Paul Vato · February 24, 2010
  • Casey B.

    Best Juke box in the city.

    Casey Brazeal · December 16, 2009
  • Jorge J.

    be very old and get very drunk.

    Jorge Just · July 28, 2009

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