If you are looking for a full break down of which bars in Chicago are best to drink at you have found the right blog post. Some may be searching for a tall glass of beer, a shot of vodka, to save money on liquor during local drink special times, or maybe to sing karaoke and either way we will get you sorted out.
We will kick this baby off with the best wine and cocktail bars in Chicago. Breweries and sports bars where you can watch the big game or maybe play some pool or throw some darts will get our second section.
The best drink specials at bars near you with cheaper alcohol will come next before we pivot to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights in your area. Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will garner our final section.
Expect to find a local bar map with all these spots pinned on it so you can have a better feel for what venues are closest to your current location at the moment. And all of our posts on drinking at bars in the Midwest are available right there if you want to check them out.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
The best cocktail and wine bars in Chicago might just be:
- The Press Room at 1134 W Washington Blvd
- Pops for Champagne at 601 N State St
- The Violet Hour at 1520 N Damen Ave
- French 75 at 56 E Galena Blvd, Aurora
- On The Rocks at 1500 Essington Rd, Joliet
- SixtyFour at 123 Water St #105a, Naperville
- Northcott Liquorette at 40 W Chicago Ave, Naperville
- Martini Room at 161 E Chicago St, Elgin
The Press Room is a cozy basement wine bar in a century old building with a vintage feel offering New American cuisine and some of the best alcoholic drink specials in your area from 4pm to 6pm Tuesday through Thursday.
Cocktails, champagnes, and exquisite nibbles are served along with live jazz music at Pops for Champagne. French 75 is both a fine art gallery and a cocktail club with live jazz every Wednesday night at 6:30pm.
Beers, wines, and cocktails are offered at On The Rocks as well as live music, celebrity meet and greets, liquor promotions, and many more events. SixtyFour is a waterfront pub providing on tap wines, charcuterie, and other nibbles and has outdoor tables and live music in Naperville.
Premium cocktails, rare whiskeys, and boozy teapots are served at Northcott Liquorette. Martini Room is known for its inventive drinks, welcoming atmosphere, and exciting events as well as its local weekly cocktail specials and artsy vibe.
Chicago Breweries & Sports Bars
Watch the big game with your friends and sample new flavors of beers at the best breweries and sports bars in your area:
- Lagunitas at 2607 W 17th St
- Old Irving at 4419 W Montrose Ave
- Timothy O’Toole’s at 622 N Fairbanks Ct
- Hopvine Brewing at 4030 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora
- MyGrain at 50 E Jefferson St #106, Joliet
- Heroes West at 1530 Commerce Ln, Joliet
- Solemn Oath at 1661 Quincy Ave #179, Naperville
- Draft Picks at 523 Fairway Dr, Naperville
- Rookies Sports Bar at 2486 Bushwood Dr, Elgin
Lagunitas Brewing Company has been producing hop forward beers near you since 1993. There are 72 HDTV’s for all sporting events as well as daily food and drink specials, billiards, 48 beers on tap, and tasty pub meals at Timothy O’Toole’s.
Hopvine is a local craft brewery and restaurant with a terrace that serves its own beers and pub cuisine in a casual environment. Home brews and brunch are served at MyGrain from 12pm to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Heroes West is a fun sports bar in Joliet that offers your typical pub favorites as well as arcade games from 11am to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Artisanal beer pours and growlers are served from 12pm to 19pm Monday through Thursday and until 1pm at Solemn Oath.
Draft Picks is a great sports bar in Naperville to visit for artisan beers, bar cuisine, and to watch the big game and they are every day from 11am to 1am. Rookies Sports Bar has multiple TV’s and serves American cuisine including salads, sandwiches, pizza, and tacos from 11am to 3am daily.
Local Drink Specials
Save some money buying cheaper alcohol at these bars with drink specials near you:
- Easy Bar at1944 W Division St
- Jack & Ginger’s at 2048 W Armitage Ave
- Town Bar at 2681 E New York St, Aurora
- Pub 56 at 1555 Butterfield Rd, Aurora
- McBride’s on 52 at 2727 W Jefferson St, Joliet
- Crosstown Pub at 909 E Ogden Ave, Naperville
- Walnut Speak Easy at 214 Walnut Ave, Elgin
Easy Bar offers dozens of beers on tap, an eclectic jukebox, and good drink specials in your area from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays.
Traditional and specialty beers and pub fare are served from 4pm to 11pm on weekdays and from 11am on weekends at Jack at Ginger’s where they also have multiple TV’s for all sporting events as well as liquor specials.
Town Bar is a laid back hangout with a terrace providing a variety of beers, wings and other nibbles, drink specials, and poker nights. Pub 56 offers daily drink specials in Aurora as well as a large selection of specialty beers from 11am to 10:30pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Tap beers and drinks, American comfort food, daily happy hours, and plenty of TV’s tuned to sports are available at McBride’s on 52.
Crosstown Pub is open from 11am to 12am Sunday through Thursday and until 1am on weekend nights providing a fine selection of craft beers, all American cuisine, and daily drink specials plus they have TV’s where you can watch all the big games.
There are fine servings of steaks, burgers, pizza, and craft brews as well as daily drink specials at Walnut Speak Easy.
Trivia, Quiz, & Game Nights
There are plenty of bars with local trivia, quiz, and game nights:
- Commonwealth Tavern at 2000 W Roscoe St
- Globe Pub at 1934 W Irving Park Rd
- Murphy’s Bleachers at 3655 N Sheffield Ave
- Jameson’s Pub at 2755 Black Rd, Joliet
- Quigley’s at 43 E Jefferson Ave, Naperville
- Stanley’s Grill at 335 N McLean Blvd, Elgin
Commonwealth Tavern serves gastro pub meals, drinks, beers, and coffee in addition to hosting one of the best Chicago bar trivia nights every Wednesday starting at 7:30pm.
You can watch European soccer on TV as well as choose from a large selection of beers and British cuisine at Globe Pub where trivia nights are held every Tuesday starting at 8pm.
Murphy’s Bleachers is a large sports pub that is open seven days a week from 11am to 1am offering game day viewing parties and local bar trivia every Thursday night starting at 7:30pm.
There are bingo nights in Joliet every Tuesday starting at 6:30pm as well as multiple TV’s and American cuisine at Jameson’s Pub from 11am to 10pm Monday through Saturday and until 9pm on Sunday.
Typical Irish meals, bar snacks, and beers along with pub quizzes and live music in Naperville at Quigley’s. Stanley’s Grill provides 26 draft beers, pub cuisine, and video slots as well as bingo nights in Elgin every Wednesday starting at 7pm.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
These bars are great for dancing, live music, and karaoke:
- No.18 Karaoke Bar at 2201 S Wentworth Ave #2FL
- Reggies at 2105 S State St
- Aurora Tap House at 134 W Downer Pl, Aurora
- Mike & Denise’s at 1760 N Farnsworth Ave, Aurora
- Anthony’s at 3151 Voyager Ln, Joliet
- Two-Nine Martini Lounge at 29 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville
No.18 is a karaoke bar in your area with neon lighting as well as public and private rooms that also offers light meals and drinks. There is live music, pub grub, and a large selection of beers from 11am to 2am on weekdays and until 3am on Saturday at Reggies.
Aurora Tap House has 16 beers on tap, amazing pizza, 10 televisions, live music, events, gaming slots, and much more. Local baraoke nights, TV’s, Italian and American menus, and a terrace are all available at Mike and Denise’s.
Anthony’s is a solid option for American staples and great drinks from 11am to 2am Monday through Thursday and until 3am on Friday and Saturday. They also feature outdoor seating, high ceilings, TV’s, and live music near you.
Two Nine Martini Lounge is a bi level Mexican restaurant with a martini bar and large terrace where live music performances take place until midnight.
Remember that most of the places in our Chicago cocktail and wine bars have live music too.
We also have written posts on:
- The Best Bars In Milwaukee
- The Best Bars In Indianapolis
- The Best Bars In St Louis
- The Best Bars In Detroit
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Chicago
Now that you have read all of that you should have a much better understanding of what is available in your area. There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you.
If you notice us listing any venues that are no longer open or just think we got something wrong please tell us in the comments so this page stays as up to date as possible. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Chicago.