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Dive Bar$$$$
East Pilsen, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out Chicago and Chicagoist
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    • Chicagoist
  • Casey B.
    "Pinball machine that works 50% of the time."(4 Tips)
    Samantha R.
    "Love the vibe, the specials, and the tots."(13 Tips)
    "Yummy skylark burger and mac and cheese"(2 Tips)
    Rudy S.
    "Decent selection of beer."(4 Tips)
60 Tips and reviews
  • tater tots
  • burgers
  • mac & cheese
  • good for a late night
  • beer
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  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJanuary 24, 2012
    "When you have a TV," bartender Nick Rahn explains, "it creates an ambience where everyone's staring in a corner." This tavern has enough distractions with a draft list, tater tots, and a photo booth. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Its dark corners, comfortable booths and mood lighting (read: barely any) make it one of my favorite haunts to nuzzle close to someone and whisper bon mots in relative privacy. Read more
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelOctober 26, 2015
    It feels like a time machine and not in a terrible kitschy way but in a way that makes you feel as if several patrons at the bar may be ghosts. Love the vibe, the specials, and the tots.
  • Maureen
    MaureenMay 17, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favorite places. Great, fairly priced draft list, solid food, dip and dunk classic photo booth, and a great staff. Truly remarkable bar.
  • Rudy S.
    Rudy SmartassOctober 8, 2012
    The bar is on the borderline of the hood. Not Everyone taste. Interior is a lil gritty and grungy. Decent selection of beer. No Fries, but tots. No TV(s), but pinball. Black Bean Burger is killer. OK
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GarciaFebruary 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you tell people, "look over there," so you can steal their tots while they're not looking! Works like a charm.
  • Grace D.
    Grace DanzigerNovember 4, 2013
    Not "likely" cash only, really cash only. There's an ATM by the door.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    The bar’s clientele, a juxtaposition of South Side hipsters and the neighborhood’s working class, keep the place almost always bustling and downright friendly. Read more
  • Gozamos
    GozamosMarch 10, 2011
    Everyone talks about the tater tots here. F*ck that. The mac n cheese is where it's at.
  • Mia Q.
    Mia QFebruary 1, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    have a burger. drink a few beers. then, try to fit as many people as possible - strangers, too! - into the old fashion photo booth so you can remember your good times. silly faces are a must.
  • Allan M.
    Allan MarshallFebruary 4, 2017
    At intersection everyday,last east Cermak #21 bus arrives approx @11pm, & west bus @11:30pm. Last #8 Halsted bus north arrives approx @1am, & south @1:07am. Check bus tracker app 4 exact arrival time
  • Bernie V.
    Tonic water gets you drunker than soda pop. Vodka Tonic. Do it.
  • Reginald S.
    Reginald Scruggs Jr.September 14, 2013
    Very cool non descript bar for good craft drinks. Might be mistaken for a dive or hipster bar.
  • Sierra C.
    Sierra CampbellMarch 8, 2012
    Called "McGowan's Pub" in the show, this bar was where many of the Irish gangsters would meet to discuss their tactics and corruption along with their leader, Hugh Killian (Patrick St. Esprit).
  • Heather F.
    Heather FolsomJune 13, 2016
    Best prices in the city
  • Steven V.
    Steven VanceOctober 12, 2013
    Grab more chairs and tables for your large group as people leave
  • Chase T.
    Chase TurnerJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Secret is to order off the specials menu - better quality food than the regular menu.
  • Samantha H.
    Samantha HillJanuary 16, 2016
    Go to the Skylark for cheap PBR, tatertots and the atmosphere. It's the coolest dive bar in Pilsen.
  • The Food's H.
    The Food's Here!September 23, 2014
    Pint craft beers under $5!
  • Bob D.
    Bob DeGraffFebruary 17, 2017
    Interesting craft beer selection for a place categorized as a dive bar.
  • Alicia H.
    Panko crusted chicken is the best item on the menu!
  • Gustavo S.
    Gustavo SanchezAugust 6, 2014
    Tots and beer are good! Just remember to bring your cash
  • Lynda
    LyndaSeptember 25, 2012
    Shit drinks, but the black & white photo booth makes up for it!
  • Casey B.
    Casey BrowerApril 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Really dark. Pinball machine that works 50% of the time.
  • Roxana V.
    Roxana VNovember 10, 2013
    Mac N Cheese = yummy (and really huge)!
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChorbaJanuary 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer, IPA, Stout, burger, tots
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GarciaSeptember 25, 2010
    Love this place> Just came back from here and god i loved it.. gotta love the tots he he.
  • fatmig
    fatmigSeptember 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Dat Hipster Life
  • Pinch R.
    Pinch RNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best tater tots in the area!
  • Claire P.
    Claire PistekMarch 28, 2015
    It's a dive bar but that what makes it great.
  • larok
    larokApril 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Yummy skylark burger and mac and cheese
  • AnyClip
    AnyClipApril 11, 2011
    The Skylark Restaurant was featured in the movie The Break-Up, watch it now! Read more
  • John A.
    John AmundsenMarch 10, 2010
    The East Pilsen community center. Good food, $2 PBR, and 'atmosphere'
  • Pinch R.
    Pinch RNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best southside tater tots :)
  • Erica Grigg @.
    Erica Grigg @EricaGriggSeptember 28, 2013
    Their cosmos. Yes I said cosmos.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SteinkampDecember 25, 2014
  • Adam G.
    Adam GarciaJune 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Perogis and zombie dust
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchlicherSeptember 3, 2010
    3 people running the whole place on Thurs night. Been here an hour and 15 min and haven't even gotten our appetizers
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LynnSeptember 3, 2013
    Drinks are poured strong
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteDecember 21, 2014
    Neat little dive bar
  • David O.
    David O'ConnellApril 28, 2012
    Wide tall urinals for the drunkest folk...
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BuerkettJanuary 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tater tots!
  • David O.
    David O'ConnellApril 28, 2012
    The urinals are great@
  • Agent M.
    Agent MApril 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    skylark burger is a must. pairs well with three floyds gumballhead.
  • Justin Brosnan J.
    Play demolition man pinball. Stallone!!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SchmittNovember 22, 2011
    People love the old school photobooth
  • Chris H.
    Chris HaidJanuary 8, 2016
    Tater tots
  • Chris B.
    Chris ByrnesNovember 4, 2011
    $4 two hearted. . . Fantastic
  • Matt Spudart M.
    Matt Spudart MaldreJuly 13, 2012
    Play pinball: Goldeneye
  • Thor Eric S.
    Thor Eric SaloOctober 20, 2012
    Tell Dano you love his hair!
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