By Rachel Azark
The Blackhawks have never been better, and therefore good tickets can be hard to find. But plenty of bars around Chicago can make you at least feel like you’re at the game. Join the other fans and go to these Blackhawks bars to watch the games and watch the Blackhawks skate into the playoffs. Cue Chelsea Dagger now.
1326 W. Madison St.
At their West Loop location, you have 5,000 square feet of space to enjoy, good food and beer all while having your pick of 33 different plasma TVs. Better yet, if you are going to the United Center to catch the game, they have a free shuttle bus service that takes you there. Have your pick of 12 draft beers, 28 bottled beers and a multitude of craft beers.
The Beer Bistro
1061 W. Madison
In 2005, the Beer Bistro opened because they truly love “food, people and beer.” They pride themselves on being a bar with a fun attitude. Almost every night of the week they have some sort of special going on whether it’s Sunday’s 25-cent wings or $5 Thursday martinis. As an official Blackhawks bar, it’s a good place to come watch the game, eat and drink good beer. Choose from 20 beers on tap, 114 in bottles, or 38 different kinds in cans.
The Stanley Club at Johnny’s Icehouse West
2550 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
What better place to watch hockey than a hockey rink? In fact, it’s the practice rink for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stanley Club is a full-service lounge that overlooks the ice. While there, have your choice of burgers, hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and of course beer. They have all the NHL games available to watch including all playoff games.
Finley Dunne’s Tavern
3458 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Located in Lakeview, Finley Dunne’s is an official Blackhawks bar. Famous for their “Ryan Burger,” the tavern was named after a Chicago Evening Post columnist Finley Peter Dunne who created a fictional bartender named Mr. Dooley as a vehicle for his political and social satire. Enjoy the 17 beers on tap and over 35 more in bottles. As an official Blackhawks bar, they serve on game days Ketel One, Captain Morgan, Jack Daniels, and Fireball drink specials. They also have Bud Light specials.
3358 N. Southport
Open since 1984, they sport an attitude and tout themselves as being a true bar before all those other bars opened around the Southport neighborhood. Come here to watch hockey, as they are also an official Blackhawks bar. Saturday is Hockey Night and their drink special is Effen “Don” Cherry Drinks for $5. Their stuffed onion rings, yes stuffed, are a signature dish. Justin also asks that you all leave your drama at the door.