By Dan Morgridge

There’s always something to be said for a night spent without members of the opposite sex. When you get a bunch of guys together, there’s plenty of good (and bad) that becomes possible. Whether it’s a gal pal that they might be distracted by, or a pint-sized girl who suddenly realizes why she can’t drink as much as guys twice her body mass, there’s a lot of things a group of dudes don’t have to worry about during a guy’s night out. They can also feel a little freer about telling crazy stories, can talk about the “10” at the end of the bar that they’re going to get a phone number from and can give each other grief when that girl turns out to be a “4” in the morning. Here’s our guide for a guy’s night out that’s not to be forgotten – well, depending on how much you remember after 3am…


Tilted Kilt
17 N Wabash Ave #620
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: Mon 11am-10pm; Tues to Wed 11am-12am; Wed to Sat 11am-2am; Sun 11am-10pm
(312) 269 5580
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Gather up your forces in the Loop at this Scottish-themed bar with a slew of appetizers to snack on while you talk to/admire the waitstaff, who are fairly easy on the eyes. Of course, there are also big-screen TVs on every wall, playing any number of sports games. Loosen up your tie, boo the Tigers, and have a few shots while you wait for the latecomers.

Photo Credit: Duke of Perth


Duke of Perth
2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
Hours: Mon 5pm-2am; Tues to Fri, Sun 12pm-2am; Sat 12pm-3am
(773) 477 1741
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Get your crew together and head north to Lakeview. Although tiny, there are plenty of reasons to like the Duke of Perth. Their dinner menu is straight and to the point – tater skins, wings, bangers and mash, and a Scotch egg burger should fill any guy up. And as for drinks, there’s great beer list with plenty of Scottish, English, and Irish specialties. But the Duke is known internationally for its Whiskey; you’d be missing out if you didn’t try one or four of them.

Photo Credit: Brew n' View


Brew n’ View at the Vic
3145 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 618 8439
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There are plenty of movie theaters that have ditched popcorn for fine dining and drinks with your movie – which is great. Except really, the prices add up to more than most would like to spend, and in the long run only the booze is important. The Vic’s Brew n’ View gets straight to the point – the large vintage theater sets up bars in the back of the floor seats, and patrons can have a couple beers or cocktails while they watch one of several selections, usually focused on action or comedy.

Late Night

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Sluggers World Class Sports
3540 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
Hours: Mon to Thurs 11am-2am
(773) 248 0055
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At this point in the night, the sobriety of the group should be pleasantly on its way out the door. Keep the party going (and the drinks flowing) at Sluggers, where full batting cages, skee-ball, and plenty of other games ways let the guys get a little nuts (all without starting a bar fight).

Last Stop

Carol’s Pub
4659 N Clark
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334 2402
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To finish the night off, don’t just go to any 4am bar – head north to the most country-friendly bar in Chicago. Carol’s does indeed have both types of music (Country and Western), but you’ll fit right in even if your wife didn’t leave you and steal your pickup truck in the same day. This bar is all about cheap bottles, old neon lights, and a big no-frills dance floor that’s less about popped collars and ravers and more about hollering and having a good time.

Dan Morgridge is a writer from Chicago’s Ukranian Village. He enjoys socially-conscious hedonism and hungover brunches.