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The Cubby Bear

Sports Bar and Music Venue$$$$
Wrigleyville, Chicago
  • The experts at Men's Health Mag and Redeye Chicago recommend this place
    • Men's Health Mag
    • Redeye Chicago
  • James C.
    "Cheap beer right across from Wrigley."(5 Tips)
    Jackie M.
    "best crowd, fast brew & nice tunes after a cubs game!!"(4 Tips)
    Trish G.
    "Really good for groups who love garlic fries."(6 Tips)
    Eric S.
    "It's really fun to mess with Cubs fans here..."(2 Tips)
80 Tips and reviews
  • cubs game
  • wrigley
  • garlic fries
  • cubs fan
  • beer
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  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    This iconic bar is mostly known as a place for sports fans, but it regularly books local and touring acts, offering fans the chance to see major bands in a small room. Read more
  • Andres M.
    Andres MenesesJune 9, 2014
    Located across the street from historic Wrigley Field, it goes beyond being "the place" for Cubs post-game parties. Check out Live Salsa Sundays! at The Cubby Bear here:
  • John H.
    John HankusFebruary 19, 2016
    After 9pm on the weekends this turns into a typical party bar with sticky floors mixed with the smell of stale beer. Otherwise it's a decent bar to grab a bite to eat or drink at with friends.
  • Debra D.
    Debra DaunDecember 26, 2015
    Full house for the Mr. Blotto Christmas show but only one bar open and two bartenders who are working incredibly hard, to their credit.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SeveringMay 9, 2013
    Always PACKED, but is a MUST if you are going to a game. Food was good and pretty fair prices considering location.
  • Josh S.
    Josh Scianna3 weeks ago
    Saw Walk the Moon here and it was a great experience. Loads of space and overall a fun environment.
  • Trish G.
    Trish GalimoreSeptember 30, 2015
    Really good for groups who love garlic fries. Building was a bit cold for my taste temperature-wise.
  • Joseph G.
    Joseph GOctober 11, 2015
    Place gets packed! Service is better than expected. Still order extra beers if you plan on really drinking before the game.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    You may not be a Cubs fan now, but after two hours of cheap drafts, Chicago-style dogs, and Midwestern women sporting pinstriped jerseys, you’ll be calling yourself a resident of Wrigleyville.
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MabilanganOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Into house music? They just started a new Thursday series consisting of local and national house music DJs! A nice change of pace for Wrigleyville.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DorseyAugust 3, 2016
    A place to go just to say you have been here. Drinks are over priced. Looks like a club in the front and bar in the back. Pop in and then pop out.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RyanAugust 6, 2014
    Pricey beers. Great concert venue though
  • Nick R.
    Nick RicheyAugust 24, 2012
    Definetely do the Cubby Bear steak dog! It's awesome! Garlic fries are just a bonus!
  • Robert S.
    Robert ShellSeptember 12, 2013
    Loud, boring, and packed with the party till you puke crowd on most nights, the only reason to stop by this place is if your friend's band is playing.
  • Amaury
    Amaury2 weeks ago
    Don't come here if there's no game at the stadium. It was dead. Drinks were extremely overpriced and service was average. There wasn't even music playing. The garlic fries were just okay.
  • Rosie R.
    Rosie RodriguezJanuary 14, 2012
  • Cheri B.
    Cheri BruchAugust 5, 2010
    The music here was fabulous! We had a blast. Crowd was not too young-or too old-just right! Carding at door left all the trash outside for fun times inside
  • Stacey L.
    Stacey LoizeauxAugust 24, 2014
    Seeing a game at Wrigley?? A pre/post-game drink at the Cubby Bear is a MUST!!
  • CJ R.
    CJ RomigSeptember 23, 2012
    Ask for beer and they bring it... Awesome!!!!
  • Dan G.
    Dan GakenDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great music! And, one of Chicago's last cigarette vending machines is down by the coat check!
  • Justin L.
    Justin LundsteenOctober 18, 2011
    Always manage to catch a great band play here. Come here for the tunes.
  • Terri P.
    Terri PetzelSeptember 21, 2015
    Love the atmosphere on game days! Only $5 for a pounder, thats not bad at all!
  • Your Mom
    Your MomAugust 17, 2014
    Best pregame spot for a Cubs game!
  • Stephan G.
    Stephan GermainOctober 9, 2015
    A great smaller sized music venue
  • futuredoll
    futuredollMay 25, 2012
    Way crowded before Cubs games-but is the place to be-right on the corner across the street from Wrigley.
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DarrowSeptember 2, 2012
    Come get drunk. This bar Is the same as any other lame ass wrigleyville bar, congrats on the location. It's the only reason this shithole is around.
  • JK-47 [Guitar]
    JK-47 [Guitar]October 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    .. give some props to Jamie. He's the reason that place sounds so good.
  • Mary C.
    Mary ClesenMay 10, 2015
    After Cubs games are packed... but well worth the experience!
  • Keith G.
    Keith GJuly 18, 2011
    This is not a joke, they won't serve you tap water on game days. U can pay $2 for bottle or they will "bring a cup of ice and you can go to basement and use water fountain." Unreal.
  • Rusty G.
    Rusty GrantApril 27, 2011
    Fantastic few days spent in here... Good times, nice crowd, great waitress's
  • James C.
    James CAugust 22, 2014
    Cheap beer right across from Wrigley.
  • Pauline G.
    Pauline GrabarekSeptember 22, 2013
    Bloody Mary on Sunday morning rocks!!!
  • Misha K.
    Misha K.September 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Lets go to Cubby Bear and have an enjoyable night... said no one ever.
  • joanne c.
    joanne cookSeptember 30
    The cubbies bear burger awesome
  • DomRod4130
    DomRod4130April 11, 2012
    Don't sit at a table if u have a tab at the bar. They no like
  • Jaime
    JaimeJuly 21, 2013
    Great place to go before or after a Cubs game!
  • Erick C.
    Erick CasselmanJuly 17, 2012
    Great service, but the food leaves something to be desired. Come for the beers but you may want to stay away from the menu.
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinNovember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to watch Arizona State games. Go Devils!
  • TerrAnce P.
    TerrAnce PApril 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Earplugs available upon request
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShafferApril 25, 2011
    The best place for a $6 beer after the game's over.
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas M.November 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Rock out with Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press! Friends!
  • Kyle S.
    Kyle StaggersSeptember 25, 2011
    Best place to be after a cubs win
  • Kathy rockerchick J.
    Kathy rockerchick JonesNovember 23, 2012
    Great place to see a band.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GakenJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Of all the places that don't need a bathroom attendant but have one anyway ...
  • Jackie M.
    Jackie MarieAugust 10, 2010
    best crowd, fast brew & nice tunes after a cubs game!!
  • Eric S.
    Eric StegemannAugust 21, 2011
    It's really fun to mess with Cubs fans here...
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchumanJune 3, 2016
    I mean c'mon really, it's the Cubbie Bear do you really need anything more
  • William Y.
    William YeomansJune 24, 2013
    Cold drinks, nice staff, but nachos not to good! :(
  • Chrissy N.
    Chrissy NickelNovember 23, 2014
    Enjoyable night out for drinks
  • Marty K.
    Marty KlattAugust 8, 2014
    Love the garlic fries
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KutyloApril 29, 2012
    Honestly, this is my least favorite place in Chicagoland. The beer is overpriced. People are stuck up. The music sucks. It's just experience
  • Jessica
    JessicaMarch 18, 2013
    Great salsa dancers tonight!
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    Used to have great garlic fries, but not anymore.
  • Eric S.
    Eric SlepakJune 16, 2010
    Bring cash if you plan to go barhopping. $20 minimum tab is brutal.
  • Konrad
    KonradJune 22, 2010
    Be sure to ask what your shot costs before ordering a round.. Bartender charged me $10 per O-Bomb!!! Absurd.
  • Deb K.
    Deb KailunasSeptember 16, 2014
    Back in Chicago!
  • Angel L.
    Angel LimonMay 2, 2013
    Nice live band
  • Shannon V.
    Shannon VanekMarch 22, 2012
    Try the veal!
  • Rosie R.
    Rosie RodriguezJanuary 14, 2012
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiOctober 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
  • Michael C.
    Michael CapecelatroJuly 19, 2013
    They should rename this place 'the chubby bear'
  • Kaetlynn D.
    Kaetlynn DaoustSeptember 10, 2011
    Great ASU football bar!
  • Eric D.
    Eric DicapuaSeptember 6, 2010
    Sports bar before game, dance party after!
  • Stacey S.
    Clean your lines!!!
  • Paul
    PaulSeptember 15, 2012
    Go Browns!
  • Alyssa H.
    Alyssa HubnerNovember 21, 2010
    maybe do some live karaoke... just sayin..
  • Karla B.
    Karla BruessardDecember 15, 2011
    cubs suck sox rule!
  • Dane K.
    Dane KantnerSeptember 9, 2010
    Even the nachos are stale/nasty
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RootDecember 20, 2012
    Blondfire can suck my asshole! Bring on Tegan and Sara!!!
  • 💐 Lydia M.
    💐 Lydia MikoffMay 29, 2010
    Try the garlic fries!
  • Ben-Bob T.
    Ben-Bob ThompsonAugust 8, 2010
    Don't bother on game day. The management might as well be wearing ski masks as they rob your money.
  • Martin N.
    Martin NowickiDecember 17, 2010
    Stix Zadinia
  • Yianni M.
    Yianni MJanuary 22, 2010
    Djing @ Wrigley Room 1.22.10 come visit!
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SejzerAugust 22, 2011
    I felt way too old to be there...
  • Kristin C.
    Kristin ChopOctober 7, 2010
    Just the tip!!!!
  • B C.
    B ClostermanNovember 18, 2012
    Overrated. Lackluster service.
  • Margot C.
    Margot ChapmanJanuary 7, 2010
    Photo booth
  • Mark L.
    Mark LosliAugust 8, 2010
    Sad face. Game day ass rape
  • Juan-Mario L.
    Juan-Mario LopezMarch 27, 2009
  • Alex R.
    Alex RodríguezSeptember 20, 2016
    Lo mejor después de ver ganar a los Cubs.
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