Best of Chicago List – What Did We Miss?

by oz on November 20, 2008

I’m making my long anticipated journey back to Chicago first thing in the morning and can’t wait to hang out with the rest of HearYa, watch the OSU-Michigan game and take in the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Festival (the show schedule was released).

As I began reminiscing about my years living in Chicago, I started making a list of locations that hold special memories and got some input from Drinking Buddy. You’ll notice that my adventures kept me mostly in the Lincoln Park/Lakeview areas.

Do you have any landmarks we missed? Leave a comment and let us know.

Best Irish Bar: Cullen’sYou can drink through a hangover here for 12 straight hours on New Years Day, so I’ve heard.
Best Bar to Get a Bottle Broken Over Your Head: Irish Eyes
Best Tater Tots With Cheesy Dipping Sauce
: Brownstone
Best Place to Almost Die At The Hands of a Latino Gang
Clarke’s on Lincoln – This came unprompted and the young gentlemen walked up to our table at 4am, looked at me and said “I’ll cut your fucking face!” The staff wouldn’t serve us after the encounter.
Best Place to Steal A Cab At 2AM: Outside of Bacchus
Best Place to Get Arrested For Stealing a Cab At 3AM: Outside of Lucky Strike
Best Place to Run Into Vince Vaughan and Cade McNown Eating Ice Cream Cones: Castaways at North Ave. Beach
Best Place to Watch Creepy Middle Aged Men Stealing Second Base From Unsuspecting College Chicks: McGee’s
Best Dive Bar: Rose’s Lounge
Best Beer Garden: Justin’s
Best Late Night Music Venue: B.L.U.E.S
Best Jukebox: Gingerman Tavern
Best Music-oriented Bar: AliveOne
Best Bar to Take Your Dog ToCody’s Public House
Best Place for a Music Man-Date: Schubas – you can stool up in the front bar or rock out in the back room. The only problem is sometimes it can get so loud in there you literally have to get 3-4 millimeters from your man-date’s earlobe to speak with him.
Worst Place for a Music Man-Date: Park West – a great venue, but not for you and your man-date. I’ve been shushed in there for quietly cracking jokes during a show. And they don’t have nearly enough bartenders to keep up with demand for me and my man-date crushing beers. It’s also too romantic.
Best Record Shop: Rolling Stones Records – they have life sized cutouts of SRV, Kiss, Led Zeppelin and more on the roof.
Best Karaoke Bar: Louie’s in Bucktown – they actually get some pretty good talent in here and it’s a supportive crowd. And, unlike Trader Todd’s (which is owned by Animal from Revenge of the Nerds), the place actually has air conditioning.
Best Local Band: Wilco
Best Place to Shoot a Music Video: Wherever Jan Terri Shot this
Best Public Place to Makeout Without Anyone Catching You: 3rd Floor Stairwell of Burton Place
Best Bar for Shots: Guthrie’s – you’ve got to try the Root Beer Barrel.
Best Deep Dish Pizza: Pequod’s
Best Red Bull Vodkas: Gamekeepers, a.k.a. “Shamekeepers”. Drinking RBV’s and making bad decisions go hand-in-hand, so might as well go to the original breeding ground of bad decisions (ask them to add a splash of grenadine to make it go down easier)
Bar with the Highest Per Capita Concentration of Overweight Girls Who Are Originally From Wisconsin: Wrightwood Tap, a.k.a. “The FUPA Tap”

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pseudosu November 21, 2008 at 7:04 am

Sounds like you’ve got it more than covered.
Hey– are the Lovehammers still a thing there?

oddbodkins November 21, 2008 at 10:49 am

Seriously, i’m pretty sure my blog now wants to marry your blog or, at the very least, have shameful sex with it in a back alley somewhere.

i haven’t lived there in a while myself, but you’re missing perhaps the greatest dive bar in Chicago to get a shot at 4:30 in the morning: The Oasis in Rogers Park. Ask for Gigi.

DBT Chicago November 21, 2008 at 12:07 pm

our circles are concentric (they share the same heart but never quite make the connection). i am more of an uptown/rogers park socialite. even though i now live in river east, morseland remains my favorite all-around bar.
anyway, i had to pass my cbgb tix along to two worthy friends because i have a post-wedding reception to attend saturday night.
cheers and have fun.

oddbodkins November 21, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Sweet Jebus, i haven’t even thought about the Morseland in years.

Good times, good times.

viachicago November 23, 2008 at 6:40 pm

best place to drink 30 sierra nevadas, black out, and fight with rogue cab drivers–Logan Bar and Grille—ask for Sarah, but don’t hit on her, she’s taken.

tankboy November 24, 2008 at 11:07 am

What DIDN’T you miss?

I realize you didn’t really get out of Lincoln Park, but you’re missing quite a bit here…

Also, Logan Bar and Grill is less than 3 0r 4 months old, so not sure how that even figures in.

oz November 24, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Logan Bar and Grill fits in because ViaChicago met up with us there on Saturday prior to seeing the avett brothers.

The list wasn’t intended to be comprehensive or even serious for that matter. It was a few places I frequented that held fond/not-so-fond memories.

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