The Official Chicago "L" Bar Map


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
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
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

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

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

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

This bar and lounge is a prime spot to visit for smooth live jazz pretty much every night of the week. Sometimes it's contemporary and other times it's experimental or traditional. So if you love jazz and drinks, this is the venue for you.

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4. Bar on Buena 910 W Buena Ave, chicago, IL 60613

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Berghoff Restaurant in Chicago serves up a mix of old-world German favorites alongside contemporary dishes, and is the proud owner of Chicago's first liquor license. Yeah, they have beer.

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14. Franklin Tap 325 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606

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

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

This bustling Andersonville bar is the locals' favorite with its laid-back decor, eclectic music and steamed mussels. Hopleaf features 68 beers on tap, over 350 bottled craft brews and imports and a complete menu of your favorite bar fare. The friendly neighborhood mainstay also boasts one of the most crave-able sandwiches in the city: the CB&J, a PB&J upgrade with house-made cashew butter, fig jam and melted Raclette cheese paired with pan-fried sourdough crusts.

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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

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

The Berkshire Room is a whiskey bar serving cocktails from Prohibition-era medicine bottles, a 1940s-inspired menu including bison tartare, and drinks with crazy ingredients, such as tobacco smoke (?!).

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20. Revolution Brewing Company 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

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

TBR's rocking an industrial-chic look, provided by old subway doors and scrap-metal light fixtures. They've also got a solar-paneled roof helping to power a 600-degree oven that's cranking out pizzas like The Logan (mole, Chihuahua cheese, pulled pork), The Egg (pancetta & arugula pesto, fried egg), and the Thai BBQ chicken/peanut/bean sprouts Fu Manchu pie.

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

The heavy whiskey/tequila/cocktail/beer menu stands out at this Mexican joint in Wicker Park, which also serves street food-esque fare like tacos al pastor and queso fundido. As far as we are concerned, Big Star is one of the best restaurants in Chicago.

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24. Bangers & Lace 1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

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

The mahogany-enveloped interior makes for a fantastic backdrop to hole-up for a pint in the cold. The rooftop garden is gorgeous for the two months that it’s nice outside. You could be forgiven for allowing yourself to be distracted from the beer list by the menu (don't skip the pub cheese) and the equally robust selection of whiskies, but don't be, because the beer list is always fantastic. If you're really indecision prone just stay a while and consume everything, especially if you've scored a rooftop table.

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26. The Globe Pub 1934 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613

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

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

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

Video game enthusiasts and beer lovers rejoice! Your hobbies are combined at Headquarters Beercade, which holds 20+ games and even more beer, to celebrate your wins (or drown your sorrowful losses). Video games and beer are each good enough on their own -- one out of two ain't bad, if we're being honest -- but the both of them in one location is a special kind of awesome.

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

The first and last memory you'll have of Old Town Ale House is the painting of a naked Sarah Palin holding an automatic rifle. But somewhere in between, you'll also recall jazz on the jukebox, cheap prices, and the intensely dive-y atmosphere, complete with a multitude of scandalous political portraits (painted by the the owner) hung on the dimly lit walls of this Chicago pub. The Old Town Ale House is a favorite hang out spot for Chicago locals, and tourists should be sure to stop by while visiting the city.

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31. Ay Chiwowa 311 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

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

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

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

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

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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