Emporium Arcade Bar
1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
If your buddy is a gamer, you can’t go wrong with the Emporium Arcade Bar. With two locations, one in Wicker Park and one in Logan Square, this bar/arcade has a variety of games to choose from. From classic pinball and video games to traditional table games, there is literally something for everyone. Although the Wicker Park location doesn’t serve food (the Logan Square has various food trucks on different times), they do allow you to bring in your own food — just make sure you clean up after yourself.
235 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
What about if the groom-to-be is a hard rocker? Since 2006, Cobra Lounge has touted itself as the place for showcasing regional and emerging bands. Located next to Union Park, Cobra Lounge also plays host to a variety of music festivals, including the Riot Fest & Carnival. Aside from the great music, Cobra Lounge also serves a wide variety of food, with a mix of burgers, salads and sandwiches to choose from. Add drink specials to the mix and you’ve got a great start to the night.
The Orbit Room
2959 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
What do you do if the groom tells you he just wants to sit back, relax with a few cocktails and eat some good food? You could try taking them to The Orbit Room on North Califorinia Avenue. The low red lights give off a warm, intimate atmosphere while the faint sounds of garage, punk and rock-a-billy play in the background. Order a custom cocktail or a locally brewed beer, then munch on a specialty burger or pizza. It’s like a cozy house party outside of the house.
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343 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60604
For the secret crooner that wishes he was a singer form the ’20s, Brando’s Speakeasy just might be what you’re looking for. They specialize in private parties and after-work get-togethers where friends can join for a night of loud singing and some cocktails in their mixology lounge. So pick your favorite song and get ready to show what you got (or don’t).
2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
For the beer lover, try getting them over to Logan Square to visit Revolution Brewing. Revolution Brewery produces about 50 different beer styles each year, which should satisfy any taste. Gather your boys together for a few brews then munch on some bacon fat-popcorn for a long, fun-filled night.