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.