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Simon's Tavern

Bar and Dive Bar$$$$
Andersonville, Chicago
  • The experts at Time Out Chicago and Explore Chicago recommend this place
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Explore Chicago
  • Shane R.
    "Frozen glogg is amazing !!!!"(4 Tips)
    Amy G.
    "Best jukebox in the city."(5 Tips)
    Aran M.
    "Their mulled wine is amazing, especially on a cold winter night."(2 Tips)
    PB B.
    "Awesome low key bar."(2 Tips)
37 Tips and reviews
  • frozen glogg
  • jukebox
  • casual
  • lively
  • good service
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  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 3, 2010
    Simon's – the founding Simon was Swedish, of course – began as a basement speakeasy during prohibition (upstairs was a grocery) and went legit in 1934.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryNovember 22, 2011
    A must see if you are visiting or live in Chicago. Grab a shot of Aquavit or a glass of Glogg and ask the owner Scott for the 5 cent really only costs 5 cents and is worth every penny!!
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffDecember 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Scandinavian old man bar. Divey, dark, and cheap. Best jukebox in the city. Visiting between Thanksgiving and New Years? Get the glogg and a ginger cookie.
  • Heather D.
    Heather DMarch 6, 2016
    Always a good bet for a low key bar in Andersonville. Killer juke box. Cash only.
  • PB B.
    PB BrownDecember 6, 2012
    Awesome low key bar. In the winter they serve hot grog. Hop Leaf gets more attention, but this place has a better overall vibe.
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    The route #50 Damen bus is the ‘side door’ to get here from the near northwest side. ☞ You could connect to another venue's wi-fi network.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyNovember 8, 2014
    The sign with the drunk fish is actually a Scandinavian pun, pickled herring is a popular food item there hence the drunk fish is getting "pickled".
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistJanuary 15, 2015
    Simon's Tavern woos passersby sauntering down Clark Street with their incredible vintage neon sign of a fish holding a martini. Try their homemade Glögg, a Swedish mulled wine. Read more
  • Linnéa L.
    Linnéa LFebruary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask the owner (Scott) about the history of the place. He is happy to tell and it's really interesting!
  • Aran M.
    Aran MorrisDecember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Their mulled wine is amazing, especially on a cold winter night.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 8, 2013
    Find a way to talk to the regulars. They may seem unfriendly, but they are really nice people if you can find common ground.
  • Grant R.
    Grant Richards-JonesJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best jukebox in the city. No joke! Kinda silly that CD jukeboxes are vintage but still.
  • David L.
    David LukasOctober 21, 2013
    Best bar ever! Great people! Wish I had a place like this near me. Hell, wish I lived near hear!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LohseMarch 24, 2012
    Top 3 bar in Chicago. I would name the other two, but they don't exist.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LMarch 3, 2013
    Interesting experience sitting at the bar when a crowd of 30 arrives for a pub crawl. Bartenders in RARE form
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyAugust 21, 2015
    Friendliest dive in the city. Also glogg.
  • Tiela T.
    Tiela TerrorOctober 7, 2010
    Love this bar. Dark, cozy, jokes from the bartenders...they even serve "pumpkin crap" this month...
  • Ben L.
    Ben LippertDecember 11, 2016
    The glogg will warm your belly.
  • Andi K.
    Andi KSeptember 7, 2011
    Although "frozen" sounds antithetical to the concept of "glögg," you should still try the frozen glögg.
  • Shinji K.
    Shinji KuwayamaMarch 15, 2016
    Andersonville's local bar, come here for Malört, glögg, and däd bänds
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonSeptember 6, 2015
    Great place for a chill beer
  • Paul K.
    Paul KimOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Cheap drinks, cash only, and best jukebox in the city.
  • Morgan M.
    Morgan MillerDecember 13, 2011
    Apparently this is a glogg spot...kidding. If you don't get glogg at least once, you're an idiot.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WSeptember 22, 2013
    If you're a North Community Bank customer, there is no ATM fee here!
  • Matt G.
    Matt GingerDecember 22, 2009
    It's Glögg Time! Drink this wonderful heated, spiced and sweetened wine, a bit like the German Glühwein. Read more
  • Kate S.
    Kate StranbergDecember 7, 2012
    The best Glogg in the city!
  • Shane R.
    Shane RoachJune 7, 2014
    Frozen glogg is amazing !!!!
  • Max M.
    Max MearsheimerJune 9, 2013
    Get a frozen Glögg if it's hot.
  • John A.
    John AmundsenMarch 10, 2010
    A dive with Scandinavian...flair? They serve up hot Glogg during the wintertimes.
  • Francisco P.
    Authentic Chicago here.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PaceNovember 28, 2010
    Bring cash, otherwise you get "dick" service.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 8, 2010
    Go there: Belly up to the bar, built in the 1930s to resemble the USS Normandy. Read more
  • Kimberly G.
    Kimberly GundersonJuly 22, 2011
    Frozen Glögg is AMAZING!
  • Bob W.
    Bob WebbAugust 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Old Vikings
  • Michael M.
    Michael MDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    white glogg. Yum!
  • Joe N.
    Joe NoelJanuary 16, 2010
    Bartender knows how to pour a jameson on rocks
  • Francisco D.
    Francisco DiazNovember 26, 2009
    Tasted Glugg for the first time!
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