By Natalie Kuchik
Sometimes sitting in a bar and drinking with friends can become mundane, which is exactly why we’re thankful that there are drinking games. These Chicago bars offer games for their customers to play on a competitive or recreational level. If you like to play cornhole, board games, giant Jenga or beer pong then you are in luck because bars all around the Windy City offer these games for their customers to play for free. Grab some friends and check out one of these best bars with drinking games in Chicago.
The California Clipper
1002 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The California Clipper is one of the best bars in Chicago for those who like to play trivia games. Every Monday night is live “Trivia Nite” hosted by Steve Spataro and Jessi Meliza. It is a teamed-based trivia game, which makes it a great way to spend the evening with friends. You can make up your own drinking game to go along with trivia night such as, if you get the answer wrong, take a drink. If you cannot make it out on a Monday night, The Clipper also has board games and cards, which you can play while sipping on this Chicago bar’s signature Purple Martin cocktail. The California Clipper is located in Humboldt Park.
1300 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Located in Wrigleyville, Guthries Tavern is one of the best bars with drinking games in Chicago, thanks to the large variety of board games to play for free. Your favorite childhood board game can now be your favorite drinking game. At Guthries Tavern, they have everything from Scrabble to Battle of the Sexes. This low-key Chicago bar has more than 50 board games for you to choose from, which you can use to create your own drinking game. Sink a ship while playing Battleship, take a drink. Loose a round of Apples to Apples, take a drink.There is no food menu, but you are allowed to bring your own into the bar. Grab some friends, a pizza and head to Guthries Tavern.
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50 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
If beer pong is your game, then Streeters is the Chicago bar you want to be drinking at. Not only do they have a table you can play on, but also low priced drinks. Thursday night is college night with $8 domestic pitchers, which goes great for those looking to play beer pong on the cheap. In addition to two beer pong tables, you’ll also find a giant Jenga game and Tuesday night trivia night. If you’re looking to go out and play on a Monday, Streeters offers Wii games along with $3 PBR and Old Style.
500 W Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Every Tuesday night beginning at 8:30 p.m., Galway Bay hosts trivia. While playing live trivia you can drink $4 Stella Artois 14.9 oz cans. Trivia night may only be once a week, but every night at Galway Bay hosts something fun, including Nintendo, board games, pool and darts. There is even a popcorn machine located inside the bar so that you can eat all the free kernels your stomach can handle. While there is a dive bar feel to Galway Bay, there is nothing trashy about the bar itself, so it’s the perfect low key place to turn a variety of free games into good times.
940 W. Weed St.
Chicago, IL 60642
Whether you call it bags or cornhole, it’s always a fun game to play while drinking at a Chicago bar. Joe’s Bar may be known for having more than 100 television sets and hosting country concerts, but game lovers come here for the cornhole set up for casual and competitive players. If you’re looking to turn a game of cornhole into a drinking game, your best bet is to come here on Tuesday nights when Joe’s serves $2 pitchers of beer and 25 cent drafts. If playing a game of cornhole isn’t your thing, check out Joe’s Trivia on Wine Wednesdays. On Wednesday nights there is no cover, wine bottles are half price and you can win cash prizes during the trivia game.
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Natalie Kuchik is a longtime freelance writer living in Chicago. She enjoys interviewing bands, reviewing concerts, and writing about all things entertainment related. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.