Tac's Lounge (address and info)
You can tell there’s definitely a cast of regulars at this friendly, dimly lit dive. Stop in here enough times and you’ll meet them all. Then who knows? You might be one too.
The Levee (address and info)
Formerly a historic Depression-era burlesque venue, today you’ll follow the blue collar tavern’s serpentine bar into the back party room and game area with pool, bags. and an indoor basketball hoop for some tipsy free throw practice. Ask owner Warren Johnson about his days as a Marine or a 16" softball hall-of-famer. Yes, there’s a light-up Spuds MacKenzie statue, in case you were wondering.
Archie's (address and info)
Is there ever a bad day for $5 Hamm’s and Jim Beam shots? Not at this affable locals-friendly dive, where this daily special, along with free pool and cheeseballs, helps fuel a great rapport with nearby residents. You can even bring your dog, which is nice.
Falcon Inn (address and info)
Off the beaten path from University of Chicago, dive seekers and Hyde Park locals will settle down for Falcon Inn’s basic beer pitchers, cigarette machine, and hip hop soundtrack. There’s also a window connected to Cholie’s Pizza Restaurant next door for pizza and hot wing orders.
T & A Two (address and info)
First of all, awesome name. Second of all, awesome neighborhood dive in a residential ‘hood as of yet untrammeled by PBR GPS-tracking hipsters. If the crowd is in good enough of a mood, you may even be welcomed with cheers when entering. Hey, weirder things have happened.
Friar Tuck (address and info)
Lakeview is ripe with dives (L&L, Town Hall Pub, Parrot’s), so consider treading ground at a less traveled spot like Friar Tuck. Its barrel facade pays homage to beer brewing monks, its interior features a fireplace and circular bar where you’re welcome to rip shots from the butt of a large inflatable sheep, despite it being wrong on so many levels.