Although this area initially seems like it's only for tourists, lost college kids, and Cubs fans before and after games, there are a handful of bars that are a destination in their own right, as well as spots for Cubs fans before and after games. But whatever your reason, here are the nine best places to drink in Lakeview.

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Best dancing: Smart Bar

3730 N Clark St
In Metro's basement is by far the best dance club in the city. With renowned DJ’s and an uncontrived crowd, coming here isn’t a bad decision, but once here, all bets are off.
 

Best local spot: Redmond's Ale House

3358 N Sheffield Ave
It's a Missouri/Wisconsin bar, so there are plenty of screens for game-viewing, but the more-than-satisfactory beer list and weekly specials -- like $3 Burger Wednesdays and half off apps and drafts on Thursdays -- means non-Badger fans will still find something to like about this place.

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Best dive: L & L Tavern

3207 N Clark St
Cheap drinks in Lakeview are hard to come by, but this little hideaway has ‘em, and a free jukebox to boot. 
 

Best pub: Jake's Pub

2932 North Clark St
In the same location, under the same name, for 70 years, this dog-friendly corner classic doesn't have much when compared to the other, more party-equipped places in the area, but it does have a seriously extensive bottle collection and standard stuff on tap. 

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Best live music: Metro

3730 N Clark St
Easily one of the most famous venues in the city and one of the best in the US, this music institution has hosted everyone from The Rolling Stones to The Smashing Pumpkins to Echo & the Bunnymen.
 

Best outdoor seating: Deuces and the Diamond Club

3505 N Clark St
The bottom floor is Deuces, a gourmet beer and burger bar, and upstairs is the Diamond Club where you can sit on worn leather sectionals. But outside is where you actually want to be, because as appealing as sipping intimate evening libations on distressed couches is, cabanas and wading pools are always preferable.

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Best late-night spot: Berlin Nightclub

954 W Belmont Ave
By virtue of being open until 4am, it’s already got a leg up on the late-night scene, but its all-inclusive, extra-freaky, gender-bending drag shows and dance parties bring in all types of people, and in droves.
 

Best beer: Sheffield's

3258 N Sheffield Ave
One of the original beer bars in the city, sprawling (if you count the ample outdoor area) Sheffield's has three bars, one of which, Beer School, offers up a special tap list. Altogether though, there's an impressive list of 45 drafts, 112 bottles, and 16 cans. 
 

Best board games: Guthrie's Tavern

1300 W Addison St
This is THE bar for board games -- Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry! -- because such a thing exists. The microbrews aren't bad, either, though.

Carrie Dennis is an associate editor for Thrillist and once played Connect Four for nine hours straight. Follow her on Twitter @CarrrieDennnis.

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1. Smart Bar 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

Smart Bar has a great sound system, as well as frequent DJs and awesome drinks.

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2. Redmond's Ale House 3358 N Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

It's a Missouri/Wisconsin bar, so there are plenty of screens for game-viewing, but the more-than-satisfactory beer list and weekly specials -- like $3 Burger Wednesdays and half off apps and drafts Thursdays -- means non-Badger fans will still find something to like about this place.

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3. L&L Tavern 3207 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

L & L is a dive bar situation that's doling out low-price booze and sporting an awesome jukebox.

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4. Jake's Pub 2932 North Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

In the same location, under the same name, for 70 years, this dog-friendly corner classic doesn't have much when compared to the other, more party-equipped places in the area, but it does have a seriously extensive bottle collection and standard stuff on tap.

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5. Metro 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

This two-floored, legendary venue has hosted a massive amount of talent in its time and continues to be a destination for some of the biggest acts in Chicago.

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6. Deuce's and The Diamond Club 3505 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Wrigleyville)

Just unveiled on Wrigleyville's Clark St strip, D&TDC's a bi-level restobar outfitted with reclaimed rusted metal and murals based on vintage sports mag covers on level one, which is connected via an exposed-gear escalator to the loungier upper level and its open-air wraparound balcony with a direct view of the field and their soon-to-open reflecting pool'd patio. The in-progress menu is big on brisket/short rib/chuck burgers served on caraway- 'n sea-salt-dusted Kummelweck buns, plus there's a raw bar sporting seasonal sashimi dishes and oysters from the West and East coast, though it'll be the burgers that get you notoriously B.I.G.

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7. Berlin Nightclub 954 West Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

By virtue of being open until 4am, it’s already got a leg up on the late night scene, but its all-inclusive, extra-freaky, gender-bending drag shows and dance parties bring in all types of people, and in droves.

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8. 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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9. Guthrie's Tavern 1300 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

A Great Lakes draft and a side of Scrabble. That's what this tavern specializes in: beer, wine and board games. In the summer, a seat out on the back patio will allow you to enjoy the breeze while waiting for the next round of Apples-to-Apples while winter time may find you staring at the ceiling art in search of your next play for Scrabble.

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