The best way to describe a gastropub is to take your local dive bar or watering hole, and take it to the next level. Beer lists at a gastropub usually start with the basics and go upward and beyond, including lots of microbrews, IPA’s, and specialty beers. Food is also taken to another level. Your usual pub grub may include a new spin as well.

Town Bar = Sloppy Joe, Gastrobar = Wild Boar Sloppy Joe. See the difference?

Gastrobars are excellent for meeting up after work or a night out with friends. It is a great place if you are looking to relax, drink eat, and take your bar experience to the next level.

The Gage

24 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

This 300 seat restaurant and tavern is located just steps from Millenium Park and open everyday. Relax amongst the vintage décor and eat upscale comfort foods, a seasonal IPA beer, and a relaxing whiskey in the heart of The Loop. If you want pub grub, there is certainly enough other bars around, but if you want a step up, this is the place for you.

Longman & Eagle

2657 N. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

If you visit this Logan Square gastropub, there are a few things on the menu worth mentioning. How does Wild Boar Sloppy Joe sound? How about Pork Belly? These are just some of the great foods, mixed with great spirits, at this new American hipster chic location.



1970 W. Montrose Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

This Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, North Center gastropub offers “an “old world” yet innovative drinking and dining experience.” Come for the Beyond Grilled Cheese, which features brie plus spicy fruit compote, and dig in for the beer and whiskey.


Hopleaf Bar

5148 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640

This Uptown establishment has everything that IPA lovers could possibly be looking for. If it is food that you are after, how about some traditional mussels or the CB&J.

Revolution Brewing Company


Revolution Brewing Company

2323 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Bacon Fat Popcorn. Blue Cheese Potato Salad. The Cross of Gold. These are just a few items you are going to be asking for time and time again at this Logan Square brewery, restaurant, and bar. Open 7 days a week until 2am, this one of the best around.