Chicago is a haven for bar enthusiasts. It has something for everyone: the guy that just wants a cheap Schlitz at his local dive, millennials enamored with craft cocktail alchemy, and everybody in between who’s meeting up for a few drinks after work.
Here are six of the best new Chicago bars to sip away a few happy hours in:
The bar space has stood vacant since 1975, making the new Queen Mary a kind of time-capsule that offers glimpses of an old-school Chicago tavern. Since then, it’s received an upscale facelift, subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) weaving in nautical elements worthy of the newly opened bar’s name.
2125 W. Division St.
Open from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Sunday through Friday; 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Saturday
Not just a bar, the Pub Royale has become a hot new place to eat, too. It’s referred to as an “Anglo-Indian” pub; the first of it’s kind this side of pond (Lake Michigan). While they offer a great selection of cocktails and beer, their Indian-style bar snacks are what really makes Pub Royale one of the best new bars in Chicago.
2049 W. Division St.
Open MON – FRI 5 PM – 2 AM / SAT 11 AM – 3 AM / SUN 11 AM – 1 AM
(Call for their kitchen hours)
Located in the new Freehand Hotel, a Miami-based chain operation, the Broken Shaker blends its Floridian roots with Chicago style. They have several famous signature cocktails in addition to a great selection of beer. It’s got a kind of tropical feel; perfect for taking a mini-vacation from the Chicago winter that’s bearing down upon us.
19 E Ohio St.
Open 4 pm-2 am, Monday – Saturday, and Sunday, 4 pm-12 am
If you like Scofflaw (as pretty much every Chicagoan does), then you’ll like The Heavy Feather. It’s by the same team, but it’s in the style of the newest bar craze: the “fern bar.” It’s like that lovably tacky ‘70s-style bar with retro cocktails, but with a modern twist. You can find The Heavy Feather located above popular bar staple, Slippery Slope.
2357 N Milwaukee Ave.
Open Thursday-Sunday 7 pm-2 am
One of Chicago’s most beloved bars, The Hideout, recently opened a new location along the river. Just like the original, the new location of The Hideout offers live music served up loud, cheap beer, and classic hearty bar food with the addition of some new, more upscale cocktails to the Riverwalk menu.
35 E Riverwalk South
Open Monday and Tuesday 5 pm-2 am, Wed-Friday 4 pm-2 am, Saturday 7 pm-3 am
Tack Room is a new little piano bar in the popular Thalia Hall. There’re live piano performances Thursdays through Saturdays, and boast boozy cocktails with a decidedly equestrian/cowboy theme to the place. They’ve got bar food served until 1 am to fill the appetite of a cattle rustler, like beef-fat fries.
1227 W. 18th St.
Open Monday-Friday 11 am-3 pm, 5 pm-2 am, Saturday 9 am-3 pm, 5 pm- 3 am, Sunday 5 pm- 2 am