Western Tap

Photograph: Martha Williams
Western Tap
Bucktown

First impressions are not this spot's strong suit. When we entered the dusty old dive with silver tinsel in its two tiny windows, we thought it would be the kind of joint where knife fights are as common as games of eight ball. Boy, were we wrong. After we ordered a beer and complimented a dude on his jukebox Beatles block, the bartender offered us free pizza and, later, the parting words "Be careful out there."

Venue name: Western Tap
Contact:
Address: 2044 N Western Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between McLean and Dickens Aves
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 9am–2am; Sat 9am–3am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 56, 73.
Price: Average beer: $3
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