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Best Bars With Board Games In Chicago

June 12, 2014 7:00 AM

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If you’re looking for a casual night out with friends, then all you need is a local bar that offers a host of board games, both old and new. These five pubs around Chicago have just that, and more, when it comes to entertaining you. Most may not serve food, but with lots of drink specials, you’re sure to have a memorable night out.
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Guthries Tavern
1300 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-2900
www.guthriestavern.com

Some come to Guthries for the wide array of craft beers. Others come from the enormous amount of board games. Whether you want to play an old school game of Sorry or see who knows your crazy mind best through a game of Apples to Apples, chances are Guthries’ collection of games has you covered. Plus, between the board games, the friendly service and the cozy atmosphere, you’ll feel like you’re hanging out a friend’s house, back porch seating area included.
Lemmings
1850 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 862-1688
www.lemmingstavern.com

The laid-back bar known as Lemmings in Bucktown has more than just pinball and a pool table. It also has an array of board games to play while admiring local art pieces that decorate the wall. While the bar doesn’t offer a food menu, if you want to nosh on something while sinking your friend’s battleship, you can grab a bag of potato chips from behind the bar. Lemming’s also occasionally features themed nights that might possibly involve cult movies. Dogs are also allowed.
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Four Trey’s Tavern
3333 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 549-8845
www.fourtreys.com

Head to Roscoe Village’s Four Trey’s for another casual bar that knows how to keep its patrons entertained. On Saturdays, feel free to sing karaoke, and every day the bar is open, have some fun with the pool table, Golden Tee, Pac Man and dartboard. Last but not least, choose between 25 board games to play with old friends and new. Another perk? You’re welcome to bring your dog, just as you’re welcome to order take-out delivered to the bar, since Four Trey’s doesn’t have a kitchen.

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Galway Bay Irish Pub
500 W. Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-3750
www.galwaybaypub.com

Galway Bay may call itself an Irish bar, but it’s more about the entertainment than anything else. Play a game of darts, pool or even Nintendo. Board games are also available for all patrons to play while they enjoy free popcorn. Need more options? Galway Bay also hosts a trivia night on Tuesdays, an open mic night every Wednesday and karaoke on Sundays.
Keenan O’Reilly’s
3916 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 857-3800
www.keenanoreillys.com

Keenan O’Reilly’s may be a bar in Lakeview, but it feels like hanging out at your friend’s house, and not just because it has coolers full of beer. Step into its back room to play a game of ping pong as well as pool and darts. It also has lots of board games to choose from.

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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