Quenchers Saloon

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Bucktown

After more than three decades in business, this beer bar sitting on the Bucktown/Logan Square border still has one of the most diverse crowds in town. The well-heeled eye each other on weekends, local beer nerds meet to taste almost 300 choices on weeknights, and drunk punks wander in whenever. Luckily, they peacefully coexist in two spacious rooms, all in the name of beer. Daytime crowds enjoy the laid-back vibe, thanks to the free popcorn and comfy surroundings.

Venue name: Quenchers Saloon
Contact:
Address: 2401 N Western Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at Fullerton Ave
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 11am-2am; Sat 11am-3am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Wesern-O'Hare. Bus: 49, 74.
Price: Average beer: $7
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Zach L
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Much like its neighbor to the east, the Map Room, Quencher’s is a classic Chicago watering hole that stocks a variety of bottled and caned beers from around the world (they’re listed by country of origin). However, the consistently balanced (and constantly shifting) tap menu is what keeps me coming back. You’ll usually find a rare beer or two from respected breweries like Three Floyds and Rogue Brewing on the menu, as well as plenty of one-offs sourced from local beer makers. Don’t forget to order some tater tots (in a basket or on a pizza) and enjoy the free popcorn while you wait.

Nick Kotecki

Quenchers has beer from around the world and, as far as acoustic open mics go, they have one of Chicago's best. Sure, people go up and do comedy every once in a while, but the stage is mostly taken up by folk musicians. If you want to find one of the city's unsung gems, you may very well find them here on a Monday.