The Barman Knows His Bars

Best Sports Bars Chicago can Offer

You want the best bar, right? Whether it be a cocktail bar, sports bar, blues or rooftop bar, you need to know what it's going to be like before you go. This is why we've scoured through many comments, reviews and critic websites to find you the best. We could just go and try it for ourselves (which we love to do anyway), but that doesn't give a full representation from a range of different types of people.

So, below you'll find ratings from a variety of review websites, along with a brief write-up of the top 5 bars for the titled category and location. Check them out, and have a great night!

Bar #1 - The Ambassador Public House

Yelp Customer Reviews

4.5

Foursquare Customer Reviews

8.0

Timeout Customer Reviews

5.0

Google Customer Reviews

4.4

Location

310 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

A truly international sports bar which is dominated by the Irish. This pub has an awesome feel about it to compliments it’s large range of beers. Sport is the order of the day though and if you want rugby, cricket or other world sports, this is you place. As international matches can start at any time, they’ll make sure to be open.

As far as food goes, they offer a great breakfast menu which is served all day.

You will the staff are not only friendly but also knowledgeable. They’ll give you their honest advice about a range of beers that are on offer, along with anything else you’d like to chat about!

Bar #2 - Will's Northwoods Inn

Yelp Customer Reviews

4.5

Foursquare Customer Reviews

8.4

Timeout Customer Reviews

4.0

Google Customer Reviews

4.6

Location

3030 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

If you’re a Green Bay Packers fan, you’re going to love Will’s Northwoods Inn. Located in the heart of Lakeview, it’s a pure fun place to visit. With plenty of TV screens to watch various sports, you’ll also find picnic tables at the outdoor patio. In winter the outdoor patio area gets covered and you’ll find outdoor patio heaters on the inside.

You’ll find the bartenders diligent and chatty and offer a large selection of the amber fluid.

As a visitor, you really should drop in for the experience. The atmosphere, especially when a game is in progress, is amazing. Although you’ll find that when a game is being played, there’s no table service. Just order at the bar.

Bar #3 - The Warehouse Bar & Pizzeria

Yelp Customer Reviews

4.5

Foursquare Customer Reviews

7.3

Timeout Customer Reviews

5.0

Timeout Customer Reviews

4.5

Location

1419 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

An extremely casual yet entertaining place to enjoy a pizza and watch your favorite sport. You’ll find the bartenders helpful and knowledgeable, and willing to make you feel welcome. If you’re student of Purdue (nearby university), you’ll appreciate the effort they put in for sporting events.

You will find a great variety of beers on tap or in cans/bottles. There’s also a local brew known as Lafayette, which is made in conjunction with the university.

As far as food goes, obviously the main choice is pizza, but they also offer buffalo wings, fries pizza rolls and other great ‘bar food’ options. The food comes out fast and is of great quality. Also, great prices and nice sized portions.

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Bar #4 - Murphy's Bleachers

Yelp Customer Reviews

3.5

Foursquare Customer Reviews

8.7

Timeout Customer Reviews

3.0

Google Customer Reviews

4.4

Location

3655 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Calling all cubs fans, here’s your ultimate sports bar to enjoy with like-minded fans. Located within a stones throw of Wrigley Field, you’ll find TV screes and Cubs memorabilia displayed throughout this infectious place.

It has an amazing atmosphere, especially on days when the Cub are playing. The ground is so close you can almost hear the crowd.

Even days when the Cubs are not playing, you’ll find it a welcoming place to enjoy a drink and of course the food is top notch with a vast menu. You can even build your own pie, but the ribs are the best! Well priced and with events on regularly, it’s great sports bar.

Bar #5 - OverTime Sports Bar

Yelp Customer Reviews

4.0

Foursquare Customer Reviews

Not Listed

Timeout Customer Reviews

5.0

Google Customer Reviews

4.8

Location

6714 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Don’t you just love a sports bar where you see TV’s in every direction? That’s exactly what you’re going to experience when you step into the Overtime Sports Bar. With recent new ownership and a revamp, they’ve made a great job of attracting new customers.

They must have a new chef also as the food is amazing, especially the boneless wings and steak sandwich.

You will find the music is great and if you’re in for a big night, you be pleased they stay open until late. With friendly service and attentive customer service, you’ll be impressed with the makeover.

Appologies to the below bars for not making the top 5. These bars are also some of the best sports bars Chicago can offer you a good time at.

Uncle Mikes Sports Bar (4010 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60639)

Brickhouse Tavern (3647 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)

Tavern 57 (1059 W Wrightwood, Chicago, IL 60614)

Harritys Sport Bar and Grill (3147 N Central Ave, Chicago, IL 60634)

Kasey’s Tavern (701 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605)

Go Find Your Bar

Heading out on the town with your mates is a pure joy, getting the location right is a must. Especially in Chicago. The last thing you want, is to be searching for a great drinking establishment in the rain!

If you’d like to share your favorite bar with us, please feel free to add to the discussion below.

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