One of the great things about the city of Chicago is that there’s no shortage of places to eat, drink and be merry. If the Prohibition in the 1920s didn’t slow down Chicagoans looking to knock back a drink or two, then nothing will. That tradition continues to this day with new bars opening all over this vast city, creating diverse options for socializing, eating and drinking. Here are a few of the best bars in Chicago that opened in the year 2015.
2925 W. Montrose Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60618
The latest addition to Chicago’s part in the craft beer revolution is the new BreakRoom Brewery on the Northwest side. In a bright and modern industrial warehouse type setting, patrons can enjoy both BreakRoom Brewery’s signature beers as well as some great eats. Open for lunch and dinner, basically any dish that is accompanied by their beer soaked fries is a winner. If you find a favorite beer of theirs when hanging out at the BreakRoom, be sure to take some of it home in a crowler — which is their jazzy growler in a can.
The Hideout Riverwalk
1354 W. Wabansia
Chicago, Il. 60642
Having just opened in August, The Hideout Riverwalk in Chicago’s trendy River North area isn’t your typical downtown type of bar. The Hideout Riverwalk is set up with a laid back environment where you won’t be spending an arm and a leg on your drinks. Appealing more to locals and tourists, this bar offers free live music on most nights and some outdoor seating for when the weather is nice. There’s even a happy hour featuring $3 PBR and shots.
1227 W. 18th St.
Chicago, IL. 60608
Attention piano bar lovers: the Tack Room is now open and waiting for you! Located in the Pilson area in a former carriage house, the Tack Room is popular with the hipsters and general bar-goers alike. Offering strong drinks and gloriously messy and delicious burgers, the Tack Room is a great place to relax for dinner and have some cocktails as well.
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The Rec Room
18 W. Hubbard St.
Chicago, IL. 60654
New to Chicago’s Near North side is The Rec Room with their weekend dance parties and comedy. If you’re looking for a new place to get your dance on, The Red Room not only offers a dance floor but a mirrored disco ball, too! Fashioned in groovy 1970s-style decor, there’s a free juke box to spin the tunes of your choosing. If you get hungry while dancing the night away, try one of their pizzas or even a frozen candy bar.
Ampersand Wine Bar
4845 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL. 60625
If comfort food and wine are more your style, then you have to check out the new Ampersand Wine Bar. Located in the Ravenswood area, Ampersand Wine Bar offers not only an ample selection of affordable wines and other drinks, but an exciting assortment of small plates and desserts. Reservations are recommended for this new spot which became popular right from the get-go. A bit on the smaller side, Ampersand does get crowded, but what better way to meet some new people over a delightful glass of wine?
Soon after earning her BA in journalism, Melanie Falina began writing about one of the loves of her life – music. Since then, she’s covered some of the biggest names in music, in addition to writing on an array of other topics as well. She has written for Black Belt magazine, KISS: The Official Authorized Quarterly Magazine, Examiner, AXS.com, Yahoo Voices, and more, and was editor for Don Lemmon’s KNOW HOW Book Three, Refuse To Fail. Melanie is also a poet with five published collections of poetry available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various establishments.