Wicker Park’s Best Dive Bars

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

via Flickr user Christa Lohman

via Flickr user Christa Lohman

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.

You can find Gold Star Bar at 1755 W Division St.

Zakopane

via Flickr user lobstar28

via Flickr user lobstar28

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.

Happy Village

via Flickr user melanie innis

via Flickr user melanie innis

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!

You can find Happy Village at 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

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