The Definitive Guide to Drinking in Wrigleyville

Wrigleyville, view from the Wrigley Field
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Part of the reason why people prefer visiting Wrigleyville to see Cubs games over Bridgeport to watch the White Sox is simply because the neighborhood offers a lot more to do. There are a great variety of dining destinations, shopping in the adjacent Southport Corridor, comedy and dramatic theater venues, and plenty of places to imbibe.

For drinking in Wrigleyville, the list is so long that we've narrowed them down to some of the area's very best, ranging from decades-old dives to date-night destinations.

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    Best Craft Beer Bars

    ••• Beermiscuous

    Beermiscuous: Those traveling from downtown or other neighborhoods south of Wrigleyville may head to this cozy tavern offering more than 350 craft beers, including 16 on tap. Beermiscuous is only about a five-minute drive from Wrigley Field, and beer choices change weekly. Every draft beer is available in a four-ounce size pour, allowing customers to mix and match flights. Local breweries, Belgian ales, dark lagers and more are featured. Food is BYO. 2812 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-698-6824

    Corridor Brewery & Provisions: The team behind DryHop Brewers has opened a second brewpub that's walking distance to Wrigley Field. Corridor Brewery's focus is on farmhouse ales and hop-forward beers, and they're only available on premises. There's an all-day food menu beginning at 11 a.m., plus weekend brunch, so it's an ideal stopover before day games. Sandwiches and wood-fired artisan pizzas complement many of the seasonal selections. 3446 N. Southport Ave., 773-270-4272

    DMK...MORE Burger Bar: The original Lakeview location is less than one mile away from Wrigley Field. And while fantastic burger choices are plentiful in the area, DMK is the only one serving up 15 varieties, including those made of grass-fed beef and bison. There are always six craft beers on tap, with two rotating seasonal offerings. The bottle and can selection is well curated, with a lot of love for local breweries like Half Acre, Off Color and Revolution. 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-360-8686

    Stretch Bar & Grill: Situated one block south of Wrigley Field, Stretch is a neighborhood sports bar catering to Michigan State University alum. There are 10 craft and domestic beer on tap, as well as a number of notable selections by can and bottle. For those who didn't get tickets to the game, this could possibly be the next best thing considering it's so close to the stadium. 3485 N. Clark St., 773-755-3980

    Uncommon Ground: Illinois' first certified organic brewery is located on the premises of this long-time favorite just north of Wrigley Field. The 1,200 square-foot Greenstar Brewery features a seven-barrel brewhouse as well as serving tanks that feed directly into the restaurant's tap system. There are also brewery tours happening every Saturday at 1 p.m. The tours are $10 per person and include a pint of IPA. For those who come later, live music occurs almost nightly at the organic- and farm-to-table focused restaurant. 3800 N. Clark St., 773-929-3680

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    Best Day-Drinking Bars

    ••• Murphy's Bleachers

    Bernie's Tap & Grill: Located across the street from Wrigley Field, this old-timers bar--which opened in 1954--opens at 10 a.m. during day games. Guests may indulge in two alfresco experiences: the sidewalk cafe and the backyard patio, which has a built-in bar with a number of craft and domestic beers on tap. 3664 N. Clark St., 773-525-1898

    Murphy's Bleachers: Be careful when telling friends to meet you at this day-time favorite that's directly across the street from the stadium. Murphy's Bleachers has an extra-large sidewalk patio, and on game day, people are all over the place. There are more than 20 local craft beer selections on draft, plus hard cider and an impressive list of Irish whiskey. 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-281-5356

    Rockit Burger Bar: Another spacious patio bar that's across the street from Wrigley Field, Rockit is one of the more expensive drinking venues in the area. There's a short list of craft cocktails on the menu such as the signature...MORE Rockit Bomb Pop of raspberry-flavored rum as well as extensive selections of craft beers and whiskey. 3700 N. Clark St., 773-645-4400

    Sheffield's Beer & Wine Garden: The long-time favorite hangout is great for groups and only a five-minute walk to Wrigley Field. The barbecue offerings at Sheffield's only became a highlight a few years ago because guests needed something substantial to soak up all that booze. Smoked beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken complement the local craft beer menu. 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-281-4989

    Vines on Clark: Have an especially large group going to an early game? Pre-gaming at Vines is a good choice on the extra-large patio or inside. Food consists of apps, sandwiches and burgers; drinks are pretty typical fare as well. It's not a large menu, but for those in a hurry, it's a common sense selection. Vines is owned by the same people behind The Cubby Bear live music venue, which is located next door. 3554 N. Clark St., 773-327-8572

    Yak-Zie's Wrigleyville: The wings are the most important things on the menu at this Lakeview institution. The original Diversey Avenue location was so popular that the owners decided to open an outpost closer to Wrigley Field. Yak-Zie's is always open all day long, and in addition to wings, Chicago-style pub grub like Italian beef, chicken parmesan sandwiches and Chicago-style hot dogs are in high demand. It's a beer-focused bar, of the domestic and imported variety. 3710 N. Clark St., 773-525-9200

  • 03 of 05

    Destinations For Date Night

    ••• Ella Elli

    Ella Elli: Who says a Cubs outing cannot be romantic? The Italian- and French-focused Ella Elli proves otherwise. New to the Southport Corridor scene, the intimate eatery offers the perfect atmosphere to share a bottle of wine and shared plates. The outdoor patio is also great for imbibing. There are seasonal, craft cocktails, craft beers and an extensive wine list. Ella Elli is one of the more sophisticated drinking options in the area. 1349 W. Cornelia Ave., 773-935-3552

    Guthrie's Tavern: The building has been around since the turn of the 20th century, and it's had many names since then. As Guthrie's, which opened in 1986, the venue remains an ideal first-date spot because of its many old-school board game selections. From Yahtzee to Monopoly, the games help break the ice over craft beer and wine. 1300 W. Addison St., 773-477-2900

    The Irish Oak: While it's absolutely packed during St. Patrick's Day season, The Irish Oak is a laid-back hang during baseball season....MORE It's a classic Irish bar in every sense, from a vintage setting to what to eat. Whiskey and craft beer on draft dominate the drinks menu. There are television monitors over most tables so couples can watch the games without much distraction. 3511 N. Clark St., 773-935-6669

    Nola Bar: The chic little New American eatery is one of the few establishments in the area where diners may get drink specials on game days. There are $5 shots and $6 glasses of sangria on game days, and every Thursday is "wine o'clock," with half off on glasses and bottles of wine. 3481 N. Clark St., 773-661-1873

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    Top Places For Live Music/Dance Clubs

    ••• Metro

    HVAC Pub: There are two levels to this boisterous live music venue where local bands perform just about every genre imaginable. From pop rock to blues and reggae, the music is there to keep the people dancing. Gourmet pizzas and craft beers are also a big attraction. 3530 N. Clark St., 773-789-8864

    Metro: As one of the city’s few all-ages concert nightclubs and top live-music venues, Metro features a large range of acts, varying from punk to classic rock. Acts on the way to hitting the big time (Kanye West, R.E.M., Smashing Pumpkins) as well as legendary performers (James Brown, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Depeche Mode) have graced the stage since it opened in 1982. 3730 N. Clark St., 773-549-4140

    Smart Bar: The longtime subterranean dance club still matches up to its more contemporary competition. Smart Bar caters to dance music and the electronic music scene, and it stays open after hours. It's directly underneath Metro. 3730 N. Clark St., 773-549-4140

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    Where To Take Large Groups

    ••• Photo courtesy of Deuces and The Diamond Club

    Casey Moran's: Bright, cheery and roomy, the casual Casey Moran's is great for those traveling with a lively group. The beer garden, which has a retractable rooftop, is even open during unfavorable weather and accommodates larger parties. Think bachelorette and corporate events. 3660 N. Clark St., 773-755-4444

    Deuces and The Diamond Club: Those looking for something clubbier should consider this venue catering to post-collegiate types. Deuces features an outdoor patio with private cabanas and a reflecting fountain. Upstairs is the Diamond Club, a posher lounge overlooking bustling Clark Street. There's bottle service, craft beers and aged whiskeys. 3505 N. Clark St., 773-644-5554

    Trace: The rock-focused bar stays open until 4 a.m. during the week and 5 a.m. Saturdays. Trace is one of the few places in the area where everyone goes when everything else is closed. There's an impressive craft beer selection. 3714 N. Clark St., 773-477-3400