OK, so Louie's is a neighborhood karaoke bar in Wicker Park. I wish that I didn't ... but I LOVE THIS PLACE! Everything here, at first glance, is wrong. They only accept cash, the atm is only working 1/2 of the time, and at the end of the night, the mic is constantly over run by booze laden, glossy eyed f@#k-wits who think that screaming the song "Friends in Low Places" about a mile and a half out of tune is some how kin to a mating ritual.
However, at second glance, the staff Mel, Erin, Hawk, Abe, etc are phenomenal, and really great to talk to. The wait to sing isn't that long at all usually. There is always a decent beer on special ( or at least PBR), and what's more interesting is that a lot of the regulars, can ACTUALLY SING!!!! I've never been to a karaoke bar that didn't scare my inner ear into my duodenum before. So, that was nice.
I definitely say take a week night some time with a hand full of friends and head to Louies and party like it's Saturday. Then play hooky from work. Then rob a 7 11....ok ... just the first two things, then.
Don't ya love walking into a place you've never been and immediately feel like you're at home? That's what you get here. Family owned and run, this little restaurant is everything you want for a cozy night. Wine prices are for every budget, there is the regular wine list, and the "Rock Star" List, featuring more of the higher end items, but please ask to take a look at both! The staff is wonderful and inviting, and the food..if there is a God of comfort food, She lives in the kitchen and She is a happy and just God who would never even threaten a plague or flood.
The menu changes with the seasons, but if the Venison is on the menu, do yourself a favor order it, and tell your date that she, under no circumstances, can have a damn bite of it. Trust me, It will have been the most satisfying thing in your mouth that night anyway. And I don't even know your date.
Ok, so if you're like me, and like most Americans, there is a specific check list that you use when visiting a dive bar for the first time, so let's check that list against the Beechwood Inn...
1 Board games missing at least 3 essential pieces? check
2 Random old timey barber chair that serves no discernible purpose? check
3 World's tiniest Men's room, complete with sink smaller than that in Barbie's joint? oh yeah
4 Miss matched tables and seating that make a basement church pancake supper look like the show room at Walter E Smithe? check, and double check
5 Mildly terrifying door in the back that apparently leads to someone's frigging APARTMENT. check mate
So .... yeah, the Beechwood is a dive bar. They don't even worry about the frilly nonsense of a soda gun, it's just bottles of pop out of an igloo cooler. But this bar is great. It's nothing but character. It is what it is, and doesn't pretend to be anything else. A pretty amazing feat in my mind. You just don't see a place with cojones like that anymore. It's the kind of place where you can take a date, and say with out words..."I am comfortable enough in my own skin to show you who I really am. A graduate with a degree as a Sandwich Artist."
Go to this damn bar. Period. Don't know anything about wine? I don't care. Go to this damn bar. Don't even like wine? Yes you do, you're just overcompensating for latent homosexuality and you're afraid that someone from your high school football team might see you, and make a pass at you, sissy-pants. That or you've never been given a good introduction to wine from someone who isn't a total pole socket. Any one of the awesome bar staff is more than happy to pour you a taste, or suggest a flight and really tell you something about flavor profiles. Get some fantastic duck and pork pate, or just a little brie with toasted garlic. This is a perfect first date spot, provided you don't talk about fly-fishing or internet fetish sites. No bar can help you then, pal.
Ok, so if you like obscure punk rock and a smattering of brown booze, then head to Delilah's and check it out. They do different theme music, and there is a beer special, AND a whiskey special every day of the week.
If you're like me and the thought of looking at 200 different whiskeys/scotches/rye's/bourbons/ etc. Makes your pant a smidge tighter in the front, (and I don't care who knows it, not even you Mom) Then you've already found this little joint. The beer selection is huge too!! And if you get there early enough, you can head upstairs and play a few games of pool without a line. When there is a line, just head to one of the many stools and begin pre-hang over proceedings with reckless abandon.
This is a whiskey lover's paradise. Drink Hard, Take Chances, Apologize Often, Refer to all Officers as SIR
Ok, so I am just as willing to ruin a stranger's night for my own amusement as the next slime sleeve, but Vanilla Ice isn't funny anymore. Can's get it off the damn box, please. On a side note, ever had 12 cans of Hamm's Beer? I'll save you the experience. Before bed, take a box and a half of exlax, and pay your roommate $10 to wake you up an hour before your alarm, by dropping a sack filled with full bottles of Peach Snapple on your head.
Nachos were good though, and HUGE! And the staff there? Well they are definitely ... on payroll.
Truth be told, I don't remember a whole lot about my time at Hogs and Honeys, which for me is usually par for the course. I do remember that I bought a plastic stein for 5 bucks, got it filled with something resembling beer for a buck a pull. So that's a deal (ish) right there.
How do I describe this bar...think Coyote Ugly, with a dirtier floor, a mechanical bull, and a greater chance of a staff infection. Although I do consider all of those good things.
I went in to Howl thinking that it would be a cheesy tourist trap, and boy was I wrong! They have a great beer and spirit selection, and decent specials during the week to help out your wallet. The entertainment is definitely the reason to go! Dueling Piano's with some of the most talented musicians in Chicago. All night they take requests and it seems like they know every song imaginable! One of them is even from England! Golly!!!
Welcome to the best Sports Bar in Chicago! Comfortable seats, a butt load of televisions, and a great staff! The manager came over and put on the game that I wanted to watch right in front of me! Great daily specials, but definately check out the selection of sliders, and the pulled pork sandwich. Delirium Tremens on draft? Whoa, yes please!
I love this bar!!! If you want to listen to good rock music that you can't hear in most watered down places in this Old Navy covered city, and hot bartenders with tattoos turn you on then head there. I, myself, am a very average looking guy, I just like the vibe of a hard rock bar, and that's what you get there. A cheap beer, a shot of well whiskey and decent music. Sold