Best nightlife in Logan Square
Dance clubs fueled by bottled cocktails, comedy shows in comic-book shops and chilled-out queer parties are among the best nightlife in the hot ’hood
Mon Jul 14 2014
Logan Square's restaurants and bars have long made the neighborhood a destination for food buffs and cocktail connoisseurs. In recent years, the area's offered more options for postprandial play, with the entry of spots like late-night lounge The Owl and dance-focused bar Slippery Slope, retail shops like Uncharted Books, G-Mart Comics and Saki booking comedy shows, and a growing LGBTQ party scene adorning the landscape.
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- Price band: 1/4
This Logan Square bar has everything you could ask for—just don’t ask for too much. The spare, dim room has plenty of hipster atmosphere (but no hipster snobbery); ample seating at the full bar; delicious beers on tap; and occasional DJ sets from local and touring musicians.
- 3425 W Fullerton Ave
Burliness is optional at this night for bearded boys, funky folk and all other queers and allies. Burly's resident DJs spin punk, disco and new wave galore.
After the fall of the Congress Theater, the party moved up the street to this former Hispanic nightclub. Now, under oversight of React Presents, the electronic music promoter behind the Mid and Spring Awakening Music Festival, the Concord books everything from EDM stars to jam bands, punk and world music. The common denominator: All the acts are lively. Pillars rising from the parquet floor give it a bit of a warehouse feel, which suits the party vibe. Hang back by the bar or up on the balcony if you want to avoid the scrum.
- 2047 N Milwaukee Ave
- Critics choice
Since its start in 2012, stand-up comedy showcase Congrats on Your Success has steadily built up an audience of dedicated regulars, who pack every bit of available space in Logan Square's Uncharted Books. The show's loose, friendly vibe is reinforced by interactive bits and between-set segments that engage attendees with the show's hosts and producers, who describe their audience as "DTF."
Pencil this in, and then add inks and colors: This new weekly joint turns Logan Square's G-Mart Comics into a stand-up showcase. It's free and BYOB.
- Price band: 1/4
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.
- 2410 W Fullerton Ave
- Price band: 1/4
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.
- 2521 N Milwaukee Ave, (between Logan Blvd and Fullerton Ave)
Take a shine to this free stand-up showcase first Mondays at Cole's in Logan Square. Producers Andy Fleming, Jason Earl Folks, Stephanie Hasz and Natalie Jose put together some well polished lineups.
- Price band: 2/4
The latest bar from the Scofflaw crew echoes now-closed dance club Bonny's. There's a dance floor and Skee-Ball machines, plus bottled cocktails, draft beers and a Mother-in-Law (a tamale dunked in chili) to snack on. A second floor, which will be a quiter respite from the dance club downstairs, is slated to open later this summer.
- 2357 N Milwaukee Ave
At this polysexual Logan Square dance-off, party purveyor Kristen Kaza and DJ Tess drop the needle on love-drenched classics by Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Prince and the queen of lovers' rock, Sade.
- Price band: 2/4
Up-and-coming art punks, garage rockers and amp crankers come here to hone their chops in one room, while glassy-eyed hipsters bury their heads in Dark Matter coffee and the latest Lapham’s Quarterly at the counter of another room. Food (samosas, a crispy fried-fish sandwich, a killer Subcontinental-ish brunch) is cheap, bottled beer is mostly craft, and service—though on the slow side of mellow—is as unaffected as the dinerish environs.
- 2202 N California St
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