The 5 Best Game Day Bars


Casual sports watchers, this is the bar for you: Two mammoth screens are dutifully tuned to the day’s games, but Guns N’ Roses blasts from the speakers. Inexpensive brews, lollipop wings, and a Juicy Lucy (hamburger stuffed with oozy Velveeta cheese) make for a satiating Sunday.

Find it: 1725 W. Division St., 773-697-4804,


Lincoln Tap Room

With its five massive TVs and 100-inch projection screen luring patrons, this neighborhood bar could just serve up cheap beer. It doesn’t. The local and international tap selection is exceptional; so are the prices. Bears fans welcome—unless the Steelers are playing.

Find it: 3010 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-868-0060,


Schaller’s Pump

A Chicago institution since 1881 (Schlitz was literally pumped in during Prohibition), this tavern plays host to die-hard Sox fans and 11th Ward Democrats (the HQ is across the street). Its age shows, but the owners keep things buzzing with cheap Old Style cans and home-cooked grub.

Find it: 3714 S. Halsted St., 773-376-6332


Tripoli Tap

Boston sports followers swarm the well-worn wooden tables on weekends at this wicked awesome watering hole, although any dive lover can enjoy the $3 beer specials and no-nonsense vibe. For the love of God, leave the Yankees gear at home.

Find it: 1147 W. Armitage Ave., 773-477-4400,


Will’s Northwoods Inn

The scent of grilled brats wafting on Packers’ and Badgers’ game day. Cabiny decor that evokes thoughts of bygone summers. Leinie’s flowing like water. If this homage to all things Wisconsin can’t make you Cheesehead-friendly, nothing can.

Find it: 3030 N. Racine St., 773-528-4400,

Photograph: Anna Knott