16 places to get a beer while you're working

Sometimes coffee won't cut it—here's where to grab a beer or wine while you answer emails, work on spreadsheets or just browse the internet

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The Map Room boasts a fantastic beer list.

The Map Room boasts a fantastic beer list. Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki


If you're lucky enough to work from home or need to tackle a few tasks away from the office, we have good news: There are plenty of spots that open well before 5pm where you can score free Wi-Fi and grab a drink. Work can (sort of) be fun when you have a beer, glass of wine or a cocktail in your hand, right?

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Beermiscuous

  • Price band: 1/4

The new beer cafe offers Wi-Fi plus lots and lots of beer. Also: There's an on-site meeting space so you and your officemates can work over beers.

  1. 2812 N Lincoln Ave
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The Book Cellar

  • Price band: 3/4

The Lincoln Square bookstore is an ideal spot to browse books or sit down at a table to tackle some work while sipping beer, wine or freshly brewed coffee. Bonus: There are cupcakes from Southport Grocery to snack on.

  1. 4736–38 N Lincoln Ave
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Christina’s Place

  • Price band: 1/4

You wouldn't want to work here at 3am, but at 3pm, there's free Wi-Fi and $3 Guinness.

  1. 3759 N Kedzie Ave
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The Coffee Studio

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

It offers great coffee, but the Andersonville coffee shop also sells craft beer and wines.

  1. 5628 N Clark St
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Cunneen’s

  • Price band: 1/4

The Rogers Park bar opens at noon, has free Wi-Fi and the most expensive beer is $4.75—not much more than a latte.

  1. 1424 W Devon Ave
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The Globe Pub

  • Price band: 1/4

It can be hard to snag seats at the pub on game days, so sneak in on an off-day and hunker down to work.

  1. 1934 W Irving Park Rd
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Half Acre Brewery

  • Price band: 2/4

The taproom has free Wi-Fi, plus you can bring in snacks, so settle in for the afternoon over a tasting flight.

  1. 4257 N Lincoln Ave
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Harmony Grill

  • Price band: 2/4

The restaurant attached to Schubas is open for lunch, and there's Wi-Fi, wines and draft beers.

  1. 3159 N Southport Ave
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Kroll’s South Loop

  • Price band: 1/4

This neighborhood bar offers an extensive craft beer list with almost 80 beers. The flatscreens show football and other sports, but get there when it opens at 11am to get some work done before any games start.

  1. 1736 S Michigan Ave
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The Map Room

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The Map Room offers both coffee and beer, so get to work and transition from coffee to stout in the afternoon.

  1. 1949 N Hoyne Ave
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Northdown Cafe and Taproom

  • Price band: 2/4

The cafe, which opens daily at 11am, has a rotating selection of draft beers, sandwiches and pie.

  1. 3244 N Lincoln Ave
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Paddy Long's

  • Price band: 2/4

Paddy Long's has a terrific beer selection, plus plenty of snacks. Whether a "bacon bomb" is the kind of thing you should eat while you're working on your laptop is up to you.

  1. 1028 W Diversey Pkwy
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Sheffield’s

  • Price band: 2/4

Sheffield’s offers craft beers and barbecue, plus free Wi-Fi.

  1. 3258 N Sheffield Ave
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Simone’s

  • Price band: 2/4

The Pilsen hangout offers wine, $8 cocktails and beers, plus sandwiches, pizza and snacks.

  1. 960 W 18th St
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Quenchers Saloon

  • Price band: 2/4

The bar offers an extensive beer list, plus pizzas, sandwiches and sliders. Stop by during the day and enjoy a laid-back atmosphere, free popcorn and Wi-Fi.

  1. 2401 N Western Ave
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Will's Northwoods Inn

  • Price band: 2/4

You're in faux Wisconsin, so order a Leinenkugel, Point or Sprecher and get to work.

  1. 3030 N Racine Ave
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