While many of Wicker Park’s dive bars have sadly shut their doors, a few remain to serve you the strong pours and great prices you crave. You don’t want to miss these favorites!
Gold Star Bar
This cash-only favorite has incredibly affordable drinks, free pool, a well-stocked jukebox, and a few TVs. It’s open late, so it’s a great spot to end the night. The best thing about this spot? The Tamale Guy always has a way of turning up here just when you need him.
This Polish bar is a nice change of pace. Drinks are poured strong and regulars are always up to challenge you to a round of pool. At about $4 a cocktail, you can’t go wrong. Mix it up and get your groove on with a mix of both American and Polish favorites on the jukebox.
You can find Zakopane at 1734 W Division St.
Between the unbelievable specials ($2 PBR, anyone?), free ping pong tables, and an outdoor beer garden open year-round, this place is hard to beat. It’s cash-only, but with these prices that shouldn’t be a problem. Watch your favorite teams on the TVs and get food delivered!