The Owl

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The Owl
Logan Square

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.

Venue name: The Owl
Address: 2521 N Milwaukee Ave

Cross street: between Logan Blvd and Fullerton Ave
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 7pm–4am; Sat 7pm–5am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Logan Square. Bus: 52, 56, 74.
Price: Average beer: $5
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Laura R

Go on Tuesdays! There's usually a great drink special, and this is essentially locals night. It's much more low-key, but The Owl is always a good time. The space is cool and pretty vast. You can sit at the bar and enjoy a quiet conversation or, on weekends, dance into the wee hours of the morning while the DJ spins records. Really cool place.