MostBest Chicago | Dive Bars

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Whether you’re looking for a cheap after-work drink or a quiet spot to wind down after a long night out, these dive bars are just the places to go.



via Flickr user Jenni Konrad

Referred to by Robert Ebert as “the best bar in the world that I know about,” Old Town Ale House certainly has an impressive reputation to maintain. It may be famous, but it has retained its divey atmosphere thanks to the cheap drinks, fun jukebox, and quirky wall art that serves as an excellent conversation piece at 2:00am.

When you want to kick back and have a few drinks in a friendly environment, Old Town Ale House is the place to go.

Don’t Leave Without: Making friends with the cheerful bartenders

219 W North Ave
(312) 944-7020



via Flickr user Dan Parker

If you like dive bars, then you’re going to love the laidback atmosphere of Rose’s Lounge. Drinking here is a lot less like drinking in a bar than it is hanging out in your friend’s basement (albeit a friend who has not updated his décor in awhile). And as with any self-respecting dive bar, the drinks are cheap enough that you can guzzle them all night without breaking the bank.

Next time you need a break from the real world, let Rose’s be your low-key escape.

Don’t Leave Without: Shooting a game of pool

2656 N Lincoln Ave
(773) 327-4000
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via Flickr user Ron Dollete

Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar is your one-stop shop for everything alcohol-related. You can shop an enormous selection of craft beer and specialty liquors on one side, and drink in the bar on the other side. With a huge menu that’s always changing, you’re sure to find something you’ll like here. They even have outdoor seating, and allow you to bring in your own food.

It’s a cool spot that’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Don’t Leave Without: Trying one of their 400+ craft beers

960 W 31st St
(773) 890-0588