Wrigleyville bars to watch the Cubs

Whether it's opening day or the last baseball game of the season, here are the 11 best Wrigleyville bars for taking in a Cubs game

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Murphy's Bleachers

Couldn't snag tickets to the game? No worries—Wrigleyville is filled with bars that will be showing the Cubs game (and serving cheaper beer). Plus, you'll be in the middle of the action after the game. So grab your baseball hat and a bar stool and cheer on your team at these Wrigleyville bars.

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Beer

Proving that everything in Wrigleyville is actually even worse than it initially seems, this roadhouse-themed sports bar has only two beers on tap: Budweiser and Miller Lite. In bottles, there are plenty of other cheap options, suggesting that while this dive-y bar might not have the most sophisticated approach to booze, it certainly has an economical one.

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Bernie's Tap & Grill

For those experiencing Cubby withdrawal, here's a place to liquor up while looking longingly at Wrigley Field across the street. During baseball season, you could book one of two private rooms, each with a small bar, 15 seats and five TVs, and order some burgers, corn dogs or pulled-pork sandwiches while watching the game. Or do it now and watch a video of winning games.

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Casey Moran's

Can't snag a bleacher seat at the Friendly Confines? Don't fret. Bathed in dark wood and brimming with beer, burgers, apps and wraps, this surprisingly friendly bar just a stone's throw north is the next-best place to park your tush on game day. With 35 HD plasma TVs, you'll catch every angle without catching a single harmful UV ray.

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The Cubby Bear

Kitty-corner from Wrigley Field, in the tackiest, traffic-choked corner of the Northside, the once-legendary punk club has been reduced to cover bands and washed-up nostalgia acts jamming for cologne-soaked bros with backwards baseball caps and girls up for belly shots.

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Mullen's on Clark

This bilevel Wrigleyville joint draws a strange crowd: a mix of ball-capped fans paying full attention to the wall-size TV behind the bar and aspiring improv comics from nearby i.O. who love to rehash favorite bits and revel in their ironic choice of destination. No group pays any heed to the other, particularly when the orders of tater tots arrive.

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Murphy’s Bleachers

Function trumps form and comfort at this woody, yet cavernous Cubbie corral and outdoor stable, er, patio behind the Friendly Confines. The clientele of former frat brothers and sorority sisters wants its alma mater’s game on the TV and it wants it now—not a problem considering the prevalence of flat-screens.

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Rockwood Place

This Southern-inspired bar is like every other Wrigleyville sports bar (good flat-screens, bad food), except newer and cleaner and generally more pleasant. Perhaps because of those things, it's also less crowded. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

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Sluggers

What can lure sports fans away from a sidewalk patio that’s spitting distance from Wrigley and offers a front-row view of scantily clad passersby? A bajillion TVs playing every televised game, a batting cage, Pop-A-Shot, mini bowling and more wings than even “The Fridge” Perry can handle.

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Vines on Clark

This Italian-focused restaurant in Cubs territory satisfies the throngs with pastas (such as the "blackened steak alfredo," a filet served over fettuccini Alfredo) and pizzas, including an artichoke-and-goat-cheese pie.

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Yak-Zies Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville

The doors aren't open as late as its subterranean sibling on Diversey, but the amenities of this location trump its truncated hours. Located just one block north of the Friendly Confines, the dual bars and large patio draw out the pre- and post-game Cubs fanatics who take comfort knowing that no matter which glazed-wood table at which they choose to eat hot wings, they'll be just feet away from at least one of the two-dozen TVs.

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