The Official Chicago "L" Bar Map

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The Official Chicago "L" Bar Map
The Official Chicago "L" Bar Map

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Until drinking on the train is legalized (seriously, what is the hold up here???), you're going to have to continue to do it at, ugh, bars. So why not at least make sure those bars are 1) awesome, and 2) as close to your stop as possible?

To that end, we decided to whip out our bar rolodex to plot out the best & closest bar to every one of the most popular "L" stops (sorry Skokie). The only rule: all of the bars had to be under a 10min walk away from their respective stop. You can check out a blown-up version of our bar map here, plus check out deets on every single watering hole below.

*Programming Note: Things get a bit congested in the Loop, so if you find yourself on one of the underground Red or Blue line stops going through Downtown, feel free to mosey to the closest Loop recommendation... several of which will be well within stumbling distance. Good? Good!

Red Line

Howard - Rolland’s
Jarvis - Poitin Stil
Morse - Heartland Cafe
Loyola - Cuneen’s
Granville - Bar 63
Thorndale - Moody’s Pub
Brwyn Mawr - Jerry’s Sandwiches
Berwyn - Lady Gregory’s
Argyle - Hopleaf
Lawrence - Green Mill
Wilson - Bar on Buena
Sheridan - Holiday Club
Addison - Sports Corner
Belmont - Sheffield’s
Fullerton - The Barrelhouse Flat
North/Clybourn - Sully’s House
Clark/Division - Zebra Lounge
Chicago - Streeter’s Tavern
Grand - The Berkshire Room
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Harrison - Jimmy Green’s
Roosevelt - The Scout
Cermak/Chinatown - Reggie’s
Sox-35th - Cork & Kerry

Blue Line

Harlem - Tommy's on Higgins
Jefferson Park - Fischman’s
Montrose - Sidekicks
Irving Park - Independence Tap
Addison - Mirabell
Belmont - Revolution Brewing
Logan Square - The Owl
California - Boiler Room
Western - Gallery Cabaret
Damen - Big Star
Division - Bangers & Lace
Chicago - The Matchbox
Grand - Richard’s Bar
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Clinton - Paola’s Vinum
UIC-Halsted - Dugan’s
Racine - Union Park Lounge

Brown Line

Rockwell - Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill
Western - Huettenbar
Damen - The Rail Bar & Grill
Montrose - Fountainhead
Irving Park - The Globe Pub
Addison - Cork Lounge
Paulina - Four Moon Tavern
Southport - Schuba’s
Wellington - DMK Burger Bar
Diversey - Headquarters
Armitage  - Local Option
Sedgwick - Old Town Ale House
Chicago - Ay Chiwowa
Merchandise Mart - Bull & Bear

The Loop

Clark/Lake - Sidebar Grille
State/Lake - ROOF at the Wit
Randolph/Wabash - Tavern at the Park
Madison/Wabash - The Berghoff
Adams/Wabash - Miller’s Pub
Library - Brando’s Speakeasy
LaSalle/Van Buren - Cactus Bar & Grill
Quincy/Wells - Franklin Tap
Washington/Wells - Stocks & Blondes

Pink Line

18th - Dusek’s
Polk - Three Aces

Green Line

Ashland - Cobra Lounge
Morgan - Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Clinton - New Line Tavern

Alright, who'd we miss? Leave it in the comments. And just keep in mind: we're balancing the bar's greatness and distance from the "L".

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This story was originally published on 2/9/2014.

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1. Cunneen's 1424 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60626 (Rogers Park)

Cunneen's is a relaxed neighborhood bar in Chicago's Rogers Park.

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2. Jerry's Sandwiches 5419 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Wicker Park)

If you want amazing comfort food like Lobster Po Boys, a crazy long selection of craft beer try 150+ and karaoke all available at your fingertips, Jerry's in Wicker Park is the place for you.

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3. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge 4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Uptown)

Famed for being Al Capone's favorite bar during the heyday of Prohibition, Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is now known as one of the finest jazz clubs in the country. The Uptown bar hosts live performances every night of the week, and the acts range from contemporary jazz bands and quartets to swing orchestras and solo guitarists. The cover charge is usually between $4 and $15, depending on the band. Note: Green Mill is cash-only.

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4. Bar on Buena 910 W Buena Ave, chicago, IL 60613 (North Center)

Bar on Buena's a righteous little bar that's got monthly beer specials, above-average pub food, and great company.

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5. Mirabell Restaurant 3454 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618

If you're looking for the finest schnitzel in Chicago, look no further than Mirabell Restaurant, a Bavarian village-mural-bedecked space in Chicago serving up German favorites in a warm, rustic space.

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6. Gallery Cabaret 2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

With a prime spot in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Gallery Cabaret is one of the premier destinations in the city for live music, comedy nights, and poetry readings.

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7. The Matchbox 770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

"Chicago's most intimate bar" may be only 460 square feet, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in, well, drinks, from fresh lime juice gimlets to Manhattans garnished with tasty french cherries.

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8. Richard's Bar 491 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (River North)

Richard's dive is a primely unique dive with an awesome jukebox.

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9. Four Moon Tavern 1847 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Roscoe Village)

This neighborhood American bar has got an impressive brew list, rotating specials, and delicious grub (get the grilled cheese).

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10. Schubas Tavern 3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

This American-style music venue and bar is a great place for a Friday night on the town.

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11. Local Option 1102 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

The reverberating heavy metal and serious brew selection here will make you completely forget that just before you entered, you saw a nice-looking couple walking their French bulldog down a sleepy, tree-lined street in Lincoln Park. If you can’t find something you like on draft (highly unlikely), there’s also an impressive bottle selection (rarer large-format options in particular). Really, though, you’d be remiss not to sample at least one of the house-branded options they make at other Midwest breweries. This perfect little dive doesn’t quite have room for fermentation tanks.

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12. ROOF 201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601 (South Loop)

This rooftop lounge has some of the best views, as well as cocktails and grub.

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13. The Berghoff Restaurant 17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

The owners of Chicago's first post-Prohibition liquor license in 1933, The Berghoff has been bringing German food and drink to the Windy City for more than a century. The Loop institution opened before the Prohibition -- in 1898 -- but it really began as a brewery a couple of years before that. Now, it's known for its house brews (best when sampled in a flight of five), reubens, and old-world schnitzel entrees. Not surprising given its German roots, The Berghoff is a major player in Chicago's annual Oktoberfest celebrations.

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14. Franklin Tap 325 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606 (Loop)

Franklin Tap's a great American beer hall serving up delicious specials, suds, and company.

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15. Lady Gregory's 5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

From the folks behind similarly literary-themed Irish sibs Beckett's and Wilde, Lady Gregory's intricate dark wood moldings and book-lined library (complete with a portrait of its namesake) provide a fitting backdrop for sampling their 300-strong whiskey list. Floor-to-ceiling windows beckon you inside, and once you realize you're in an Irish pub with a passion for farm-to-table, sustainable, local ingredients, you'll probably stay for dinner.

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16. Hopleaf 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Uptown)

This Andersonville beer bar is known for its rotating selection of draft beers primarily from the Midwest and Belgium. More than just a bar that serves food, Hopleaf has an outstanding menu of Belgian-inspired food like mussels from Prince Edward Island, charcuterie, and steak frites. The place is casual and laid-back, just like a neighborhood bar should be.

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17. Sheffield's 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Sheffield's is a BBQ joint in Chicago that's got a huge, tree-shaded patio area and a ton of drafts for you to enjoy.

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18. Barrelhouse Flat 2624 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This two-floor throwback cocktail bar in Lincoln Park churns out classic tipples like Sazeracs, Old Fashioneds and Manhattans alongside lesser-known drinks like the Jimmie Roosevelt, a blend of cognac, green chartreuse and Champagne. Choose from 60+ varieties of shaken or stirred drinks.

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19. The Berkshire Room 15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

Inside the Acme Hotel in River North, The Berkshire Room is an old-time cocktail lounge that harks back to when the hotel was called The Berkshire Hotel from the 1920s to 1950s. The drink selection puts a heavy emphasis on barrel-aged cocktails, but the real stunner is the Dealer's Choice, essentially an off-menu cocktail based on your choice of spirit, flavor profile, and glassware. The space is dark and cozy with black-and-white tiled floors and a long, glossy bar.

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20. Revolution Brewing Company 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Logan Square)

Chicago-brewed suds from Revolution Brewing in Logan Square include year-rounders like the Anti-Hero IPA and Eugene Porter, while seasonals and specialty brews count the Fistmas holiday and Rose Hibiscus ales.

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21. The Owl 2521 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

From the folks behind laid-back landmarks Easy Bar and Estelle's, The Owl sports a similarly dive-y vibe, with dim amber lighting, a softly curving, 40-stool'd bar, and, held over and spruced up from the previous occupants, a retro-looking waterfall, which you're sure to go chasing...with a beer!

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22. The Boiler Room 2210 N California, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This industrial restaurant-slash-bar in Logan Square does pizza, beer, and general comfort food (fried cheese balls, poutine, mac & cheese) really really well. The pizza options are staggering: aside from simple cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pies, there are more than 15 specials and a build-your-own options. The Boiler Room's real claim to fame is its PB&J special: a slice of pizza, PBR tall boy, and a Jameson. There's plenty of communal tables and a great outdoor patio, and if you couldn't tell from the aforementioned PBR and whisky special, this place is a hipster destination.

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23. Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Chicago)

A lot of things about Wicker Park's Big Star will make you feel like you're in Texas. First, there's the taco-centric menu that features a dozen taco varieties and necessary sides like guacamole and queso. Then there's the drink selection, which is heavy on whiskey, tequila, and craft beer. The massive outdoor patio begs for you to order a margarita and drink the day away, especially during the summer when the seasonal music series is in full swing.

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24. Bangers & Lace 1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Wicker Park's craft beer and sausage haven Bangers & Lace serves up just that: delicious craft suds from the US and abroad, like Great Divide's Barrel-Aged Old Ruffian and St. Feuillen's Grand Cru, and sausage creations including kielbasa skewers and Louisiana-style hot links. The extensive food menu features build-a-biscuit breakfast sandwiches, too.

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25. Fountainhead 1970 W Montrose, Chicago, IL 60613 (Ravenswood)

This Ravenswood tavern is a mahogany-ensconced destination for craft beer and beer-focused comfort cuisine (burgers, fried chicken, steak frites). The beer list, which features a mix of local gems and international brews, is always fantastic, and there's an equally robust selection of whiskey if you're looking for something a little stronger. During the warmer months, the rooftop garden is always happening.

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26. The Globe Pub 1934 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613 (North Center)

This Chicago sports bar's known for being a soccer-lover's institution, and they also run a shuttle service to and from Chicago Fire games. This Spring, you won't need to take a bus to get loud rooting for team USA to get revenge on Ghana in the World Cup.

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27. Cork Lounge 1822 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Roscoe Village)

This completely-remodeled Irish speakeasy is sporting five plasmas and a 35ft mahogany bar loaded with 13 taps, from Guinness to Trumer Pils.

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28. DMK Burger Bar 2954 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

A collab between industry vets David Morton and Michael Kornick, DMK (get it?) is a 75-seat storefront neighborhood bar outfitted with reclaimed Wisconsin barn boards and exposed original brick that's turning out gourmet grass-fed beef burgers.

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29. Headquarters Beercade 213 W Institute Pl, Chicago, IL 60610 (Lakeview)

Cheers to never growing up. Headquarters Beercade lets you relive your childhood with all of the video games you loved and the added bonus of being able to consume alcohol while you play. There’s an extensive list of American craft drafts and games galore: whether you’re a pinball wizard looking for your next conquest, or brushing up your skills at arcade classics like NBA Jam and Mortal Combat, this bar is a gamer’s paradise. The space itself is sprawling and the vibe is convivial, making it a popular weekend destination for groups.

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30. Old Town Ale House 219 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610 (Old Town)

The Old Town Ale House is an iconic Chicago dive bar whose crowd varies between comedians from nearby Second City, celebrities, hipsters, tried-and-true regulars, and tourists (due in no small part to the bar's feature on Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown ). The jukebox, which is usually playing jazz, rules the show, and don't be surprised if one of the bartenders puts on some opera to water down the crowd. The wall is covered with funky paintings of everyone from longtime regulars to celebrities and politicians...case in point: a portrait of a naked Sarah Palin holding a rifle.

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31. Ay Chiwowa 311 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

Ay Chiwowa's a late-night cantina with cool graffiti decor, 80 different tequilas, and a menu with snacks like tacos and tortas.

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32. Bull & Bear 431 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654

Located in the heart of North River, B&B is a perfect spot for any meal of the day. They feature the likes of fantastic burgers and especially tasty brunch options, all in a space decked out with classic, rustic materials.

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33. Dusek's 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Helmed by Longman & Eagle's Jared Wentworth, this Michelin-starred restaurant in Pilsen serves upscale American pub food. Dusek's takes everything you love and makes it better, whether that's cooking French fries in beef fat or topping a juicy hamburger with bacon marmalade and serving it on a house-baked pretzel bun. There are more than two dozen beers on tap -- some are from Chicago, others are from abroad -- and daily beer specials. The late-night menu serves the aforementioned burger and fries until 1am every night.

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34. Three Aces 1321 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

A rock-inspired gastropub filled with secluded black leather "gangster booths" and black glass chandeliers, TA's bringing the flavor with bar snacks from pork-fried nuts to farm-raised jerky, and Italian-influenced eats like wild boar sausage.

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35. Cobra Lounge 235 N Ashland, Chicago, IL 60607 (River North)

Known more for its rough-edged rock style, CL's hand-packed fresh chuck patty is so shockingly under-the-radar we had to put it on our Favorite Five List. Coming with your choice of a half-dozen dairy options (smoked provolone, pepper jack...), and sided by sweet potato fries or tater tots, it's avail at half-price on Mondays.

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36. Haymarket Pub and Brewery 737 W Randolph, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

Haymarket gives you no choice but to do your homework about how and where their brews are made -- you must be led through the brewhouse and fermentation room in order to get to the bar/dining area. Twenty-one tap handles, though, make the trip worth it.

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37. New Line Tavern 201 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661 (West Loop)

Located in the southern half of the historic Chicago North Western Railway power plant, NLT is brought to you by the Daily Bar & Grill/Southport Lanes team and can't be beat when it comes to their bar food and friendly service.

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