Hip bar with pool, music, and whiskey
Long regarded as one of the only cool bars along the Wrigleyville bro-levard that is Clark Street, this hipster-approved joint owned by Metro’s Joe Shanahan is more concerned about who’s playing next door at Metro than who’s playing against the Cubs. And that’s the way longtime patrons like it. Shoot some pool. Drink some whiskey. See a live band. Having appeared in The Color of Money and calling itself “the last bastion of bohemia” on North Clark Street, you can still be a Cubs fan here.
'60s diner vibes with a vegan-friendly menu and a patio
This neighborhood institution looks like something transported from 1960s San Francisco and is pretty much overlooked by the mustard-stained jersey-clad set hooting and hollering their way up Clark Street. The good news is that means there's (usually) plenty of room for you to relax on comfy diner-style seats and dig into a vegan-friendly menu or sip coffee (they also have booze) on the small outdoor patio. It’s a most welcome step back in time in a place where you need it most, and a perfect way to unwind after a long booze-fueled day at the ballpark.
Pool, darts, and Malort at Wrigleyville's oldest dive
Ah, Nisei Lounge, why do we love thee? Let us count the ways: 1. A no-frills dive just off Wrigleyville’s main drag packed with character (and characters) that also happens to be Wrigleyville’s oldest bar. 2. Pool and darts, play or don’t play, no one cares. 3. Malort shots and “Chicago Handshakes” (a shot of Malort and an Old Style beer). Do them if you know what’s good for you, and quite probably make some new friends along the way. Any questions? Didn’t think so.