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Where to Drink on the Beach this Summer

Water, water, everywhere—and 7 places to drop in to drink.

The Dock at Montrose Harbor has 16 beers on tap, most of any of the beachfront venues.   Photo: Courtesy The Dock at Montrose Harbor

Despite this week’s unseasonably cool weather, most of the city’s outdoor beachfront watering holes have already opened for the summer. Here are the city’s seven flip-flop-friendly drinking venues, listed from south to north. Many will host music and other special events over the summer, so consult their websites for more information. 

 

Pier 31 at 31st Street Beach

3101 S. Lake Shore Dr., website
Open for season:  Around June 1
Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Drinks: $7-$8 beer, $5 wine

Caffé Oliva at Ohio Street Beach

550 E. Grand Ave., website
Open for season: Open
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekends)
Drinks: $5-$8 beer, $7-$14 wine (bottles available), $7-$10 cocktails

Oak Street Beach food and Drink

1001 N. Lake Shore Dr., website
Open for season: Friday
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekends)
Drinks: $8-$10 beer, $12 wine, $12 cocktails

Castaways

1603 N. Lake Shore Dr., website
Open for season: Open
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Drinks: $6.50-$7 beer, $6.50 wine, $8 sangria, $7.50-$9.50 cocktails

The Dock at Montrose Beach

200 W. Montrose Harbor Dr., website
Open for season: Open
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekdays), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekends)
Drinks: $7-$11 cocktails, $5-$8 beer, $7-$8 wine (bottles available)

Waterfront Cafe

5800 N. Lake Shore Dr., website
Open for season: Open
Hours: 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. (weekdays), 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (weekends)
Drinks: $5-$10 beer, $8-$9.50 wine (bottles available), $8 sangria ($25 pitchers), $8-$10 cocktails

Nacho Mama’s Beach Bar

5800 N. Lake Shore Dr., website
Open for season: Friday
Hours: Noon-9 p.m.
Drinks: $6-$10 beer (pitchers available), $8 wine (bottles available), $8-$10 cocktails

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