Best bars in Logan Square

Logan Square is home to most of the city's best cocktail bars, plus a few great dives

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Analogue is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Billy Sunday is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Bob Inn is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Logan Arcade is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Parson's Chicken & Fish is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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The Owl is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Revolution Brewing is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Scofflaw is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Weegee's Lounge is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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Whirlaway Lounge is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

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The Whistler is one of the best bars in Logan Square.

If you like the variety and ingenuity of the Logan Square restaurant scene, you'll love the bar scene because it's as good or even better. Whether you prefer cheap canned beer at dive bars, big brewery taprooms or excellent cocktail bars, Logan Square has a bar for you.

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Analogue

Critics' pick

Analogue, where you'll find a pair of Violet Hour vets behind the bar and a Flipside Cafe alum in the kitchen, is one of the more relaxed cocktail-focused bars in the city. The menu changes seasonally, but look out for purls, bitter beer-based beverages and cocktails with local spirits.

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Billy Sunday

Critics' pick

Who would have guessed longtime Trotter's chef Matthias Merges would find his calling checking IDs at the door of a Logan Square bar? Granted, his is not just any bar: Here, barkeep Alex Bachman combines his penchant for unusual ingredients (a syrup made from maidenhair ferns, say) with an uncanny sense of balance, turning out creations that both pay homage to and defy tradition—often simultaneously. Though Billy Sunday is squarely a bar, the food is a worthy companion to the drinks: Don't miss the banana pudding.

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Bob Inn

Nothing brings together the hip kids and blue-collar Chicagoans better than cheap alcohol, and this no-frills Logan Square dive across from the Fireside Bowl is living proof. Watch as the earnest mustaches of Blackhawks and Sox fans mingle amiably with ironically bearded Black Keys and White Stripes fans. And if that gets dull, just head to the back for a 75-cent game of pool.

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Go Tavern and Liquors

Tucked away in one of the far corners of Logan Square, this combination bar and liquor store is one of the neighborhood's best kept secrets. Formerly known as Dorothy's Liquors, manager Mike Stellatos changed the bar's name and menu while retaining some of its divey charm (including ceiling tiles decorated by regulars). Sidle up to the bar to peruse the affordable selection of craft beers or grab a six pack from the coolers and bring the party back to your couch.

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Logan Arcade

Logan Arcade was originally located in the back room of Logan Hardware, a record store and vintage arcade museum, but once that moved down the street, the Arcade took over the space. Inside, you'll find a fully stocked bar and a blinking, beeping menagerie of lovingly restored arcade games. The back room is filled with pinball tables (which account for roughly half of the available games), so flipper fanatics will be able to waste away hours setting new high scores.

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Parson's Chicken & Fish

The negroni slushie gets all the attention at Parson's, but the secret is that all the cocktails are excellent. With a well-made margarita, canned beers, the option to spike your Stiegl radler with a shot (do it), and the best patio in the city, there's no excuse to not drink at Parson's.

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The Owl

Weeknights are low-key at this retro dive from the Estelle’s folks, but the rooms fill up by midnight on weekends and stay packed until the 4am closing time (5am on Saturdays). Cheap drinks and less-cheap craft beers abound at all times, hipster tunes rule the jukebox, there’s a dance floor in back lined with mirrors and, if all that doesn’t do it for you, there’s a waterfall—a waterfall—behind the bar.

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Revolution Brewing

You could wait up to an hour to get into one of this microbrewery’s booths. Or you could simply hover around the bar and snap up a stool as soon as someone else calls it a night. Either way, remember you’re here for the beer as much as the food. So pair that Workingman burger with a pint of Workingwoman brown beer. And follow that with a goblet of Bottom Up Wit and an order of pumpkin hand pies. The latter is a pairing good enough to make you forget about the wait for a seat, ambivalent service and disappointing pizza.

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Scofflaw

Critics' pick

Veterans of the Whistler and Boiler Room joined together to open this bar. One of the two rooms here looks a lot like the Violet Hour, which makes sense since cocktails (specifically gin cocktails) are a focus of the place. The other room is less loungey and truer to what Scofflaw is, which is a top-notch, friendly neighborhood joint.

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Weegee’s Lounge

Critics' pick

Ten years from now, when this strip of Armitage is populated with coffee shops and vintage clothing stores, this old-school, soul record–playing, classic cocktail–mixing bar will be overrun with hipsters vying for their turn in the photo booth. Start hanging out here now so you can say you knew it in the good old days.

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