Best German Bars in Chicago’s Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square is known as Germantown, a cultural hub of Chicago’s illustrious and vibrant German heritage and culture. It hosts Mayfest and German-American Fest, two of our favorite festivals in the city, and plays host to some of the best German pubs outside of Germany itself.


via Flickr user John Kannenberg

via Flickr user John Kannenberg

Since 1985, Huettenbar has been a neighborhood hotspot, boasting a dozen different beers on tap served in traditional glasses, and 10 of which are German. The walls are painted in impressive murals, the décor is traditional, and the all-wood interior gives it the escapist feel it’s famous for.

4721 N Lincoln Ave
(773) 561-2507

Chicago Brauhaus

via Flickr user H.L.I.T.

via Flickr user H.L.I.T.

It’s Oktoberfest 365 at Chicago Brauhaus, where you can listen to traditional songs from the live band (dancing is highly encouraged), dine on authentic German eats, and drink giant steins of Bavarian brews. This family-friendly favorite is as welcoming as it gets.

4732 N Lincoln Ave
(773) 784-4444

Hansa Clipper

via Mike Epifani of

via Mike Epifani of

If you don’t pronounce it “Clippah,” you’re doing it wrong. The only thing on the menu is beer, though it does often have home cooked German meals catered during German soccer games and for random lunches. They have all the brews on draft in the big ole steins you could want, and the TVs are always playing some sort of sporting event. There’s no better place to watch the Bundesliga than Hansa Clippah.

4659 N Lincoln Ave
(773) 878-3662
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