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These are Chicago's 13 Bad Decision Bars

Published On 11/12/2013 Published On 11/12/2013
Chicago bad decision bars
Yelp/Ben B
Estelle's
Big City Tap
Murphy's Bleachers
Yelp/Willem B.
Trace
VIP's Gentlemen's Club
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1. Burton Place 1447 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)

Burton's is a place where any folk that like to linger around cheap booze, good bar grub, and an old-school jukebox, call 'home'.

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2. Beaumont 2020 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Beaumont's a full-on dive that's got a DJ, complete booze-access, and a very loud clientele that'll make you happy you're just "staying for one round".

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3. Estelle's 2013 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Estelle's... where $2 beer Tuesday's live-on, and the jukebox is chock full of tunes that'll make you feel like you're back in college again.

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4. The Hangge-Uppe 14 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)

Getting lost in a bar may never have been so fun. As a Chicago staple for more than 30yrs, this massive dual-level dance haven offers five differently themed bars, three dance floors, and a variety of '50s through '80s rock and disco on one floor and modern hits on another. With drink specials galore and a pair of all-request DJs, we dare you not to break a sweat at the Hangge-Uppe.

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5. Big City Tap 1010 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Big City Tap is an after-hours Chicago bar, meaning it's open until 4a so you can drink, eat, dance, or myriad of other activities until the sun comes up.

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6. Butch McGuire's 20 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610

The Gold Coast staple really channels the holiday spirit with thousands of twinkling lights and wall-to-wall decorations, like a working double-decker train and life-sized Grinch.

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7. Murphy's Bleachers 3655 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Wrigleyville)

This historic sports bar is nothing short of quintessential; with celebrity visitors (John Cusack!!), endless jukebox tunes, and proximity to Wrigley, it's no wonder people just keep going back for more.

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8. Tai's til 4 3611 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

This lounge is a dualing DJ/jukebox situation that seems to bring ALL of the people you once knew (Becky from Social Studies in the fourth grade still lives in Chicago?!) together into one rowdy place.

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9. Carol's Pub 4659 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Uptown)

Carol's is an old-country, Southern-esque dive bar that has swingin' live bands, line dancing (impromptu, with special appearances by Carol herself), and cheap brews.

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10. Evil Olive 1551 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

Looking for a way to cure the Monday blues? Check out Evil Olive for their reputable Monday night "Porn and Chicken" party. Think half-naked women on the bartop, lots of dancing, and of course good ol' fried chicken. What an amazing way to kick off the work week.

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11. Trace 3714 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Lakeview)

Trace is the place to go for cheap booze, high school run-ins, and loud, invasive Katy Perry remixes.

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12. The Store 2002 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Avoid Armitage-Halsted's sea of high-end boutiques at this aptly named DePaul dive, which has zero problem letting you maul outside food whilst engaging in a few rounds of Pop-A-Shot, Pops-A-Shot being unavailable due to Mr. Mensah-Bonsu playing in Europe these days.

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13. VIP'S Gentleman's Club 1531 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642 (Near North Side)

This "gentleman's" club is where expert-undressers partake in totally PG fun. When we're done being sarcastic, we'll tell you that this place has cheap drinks and uncomfortably-expensive entertainment.