Simon's Tavern

Bar and Dive Bar
5210 N Clark St (btwn W Farragut & Foster Ave), Chicago, IL 60640, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–3:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No
7.9/10

Based on 98 votes

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  • frozen glogg
  • jukebox
  • casual
  • good service
  • great value
  • ginger cookies
  • mulled wine
  • cocktails
  • authentic
  • good for a late night
  • beer
  • homemade food
  • Aquavit
  • Chicagoist

    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

    Chicagoist · January 15
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  • Amy G.

    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.

    Amy Graff · December 1, 2014
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  • Erik R.

    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".

    Erik Rowley · November 8, 2014
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  • Bob W.

    Old Vikings

    Bob Webb · August 9, 2014
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  • Shane R.

    Frozen glogg is amazing !!!!

    Shane Roach · June 7, 2014
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  • David L.

    Best bar ever! Great people! Wish I had a place like this near me. Hell, wish I lived near hear!

    David Lukas · October 21, 2013
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  • Jim W.

    If you're a North Community Bank customer, there is no ATM fee here!

    Jim W · September 22, 2013
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  • Max M.

    Get a frozen Glögg if it's hot.

    Max Mearsheimer · June 9, 2013
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  • 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.

    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De Rose · April 16, 2013
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  • Lisa L.

    Interesting experience sitting at the bar when a crowd of 30 arrives for a pub crawl. Bartenders in RARE form

    Lisa L · March 3, 2013
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  • Linnéa L.

    Ask the owner (Scott) about the history of the place. He is happy to tell and it's really interesting!

    Linnéa L · February 23, 2013
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  • Jake S.

    Find a way to talk to the regulars. They may seem unfriendly, but they are really nice people if you can find common ground.

    Jake Smith · February 8, 2013
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  • Kate S.

    The best Glogg in the city!

    Kate Stranberg · December 7, 2012
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  • PB B.

    Awesome low key bar. In the winter they serve hot grog. Hop Leaf gets more attention, but this place has a better overall vibe.

    PB Brown · December 6, 2012
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  • Colin L.

    Top 3 bar in Chicago. I would name the other two, but they don't exist.

    Colin Lohse · March 24, 2012
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  • Grant R.

    Best jukebox in the city. No joke! Kinda silly that CD jukeboxes are vintage but still.

    Grant Richards-Jones · January 8, 2012
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  • Morgan M.

    Apparently this is a glogg spot...kidding. If you don't get glogg at least once, you're an idiot.

    Morgan Miller · December 13, 2011
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  • Drunken History

    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 tour...it really only costs 5 cents and is worth every penny!!

    Drunken History · November 22, 2011
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  • Andi K.

    Although "frozen" sounds antithetical to the concept of "glögg," you should still try the frozen glögg.

    Andi K · September 7, 2011
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  • Kimberly G.

    Frozen Glögg is AMAZING!

    Kimberly Gunderson · July 22, 2011
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  • Michael M.

    white glogg. Yum!

    Michael M · December 13, 2010
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  • Josh P.

    Bring cash, otherwise you get "dick" service.

    Josh Pace · November 28, 2010
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  • wolfe

    They don't take credit cards and yet they are on your ass for a 4$ tab. Beware?

    wolfe · November 14, 2010
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  • Paul K.

    Cheap drinks, cash only, and best jukebox in the city.

    Paul Kim · October 13, 2010
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  • Tiela T.

    Love this bar. Dark, cozy, jokes from the bartenders...they even serve "pumpkin crap" this month...

    Tiela Terror · October 7, 2010
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  • Explore Chicago

    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.

    Explore Chicago · September 3, 2010
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  • Time Out Chicago

    Go there: Belly up to the bar, built in the 1930s to resemble the USS Normandy. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · April 8, 2010
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  • John A.

    A dive with Scandinavian...flair? They serve up hot Glogg during the wintertimes.

    John Amundsen · March 10, 2010
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  • Joe N.

    Bartender knows how to pour a jameson on rocks

    Joe Noel · January 16, 2010
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  • Matt G.

    It's Glögg Time! Drink this wonderful heated, spiced and sweetened wine, a bit like the German Glühwein. Read more

    Matt Ginger · December 22, 2009
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  • Francisco D.

    Tasted Glugg for the first time!

    Francisco Diaz · November 26, 2009
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