West Loop restaurants and bars for after a United Center game

Celebrate a victory or drown your sorrows with a beer or burger at these spots near the United Center

Photograph: Martha Williams
Fried bologna sandwich at Au Cheval

Whether your team won or lost, you'll want to head out after a game. Here are the West Loop restaurants and bars where you can keep the craft beer flowing and chow down on bar snacks, pizza or the best burger in town.

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Spots near the United Center

Au Cheval

Critics' pick

Long dinner-time waits mean you can't likely squeeze in the perfect griddled burger before a game, but once the buzzer sounds, put your name in and grab some beers at the bar. The housemade bologna sandwich, fried chicken and egg-topped fries are all must-orders and ideal for celebrating or drowning your feelings after a tough loss.

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West Loop

The Beer Bistro

Doing its part to keep the West Loop from succumbing to all the glitz and glamour of Randolph Street is this tavern, which carries upwards of 100 beers, including local brews like Ale Syndicate, Three Floyds and Virtue ciders.

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Downtown

Bottom Lounge

So impressively large is this live music venue that lounge seems totally inappropriate as a part of the name. The bar feels like a rocker hangout that thrives regardless of what is happening in the live room, which (with its own absinthe-serving bar) is well proportioned. Kitschy bonus: Upstairs sits the tiki-themed Volcano Room.

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Downtown

The Dawson

If you want great cocktails at the end of the night, the Dawson's bar is the place to go. Infused whiskey shots are available, the patio is huge and two bars means getting a seat isn't too hard.

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Noble Square

Little Goat Diner

Stephanie Izard's diner takes gluttony to another level—the burgers are towering, the goat chili cheese fries are enough for four and peanut butter-banana French toast is served all day. Go hungry and share everything.

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West Loop

The Ogden

By selling beer and being located in the direct path of the throngs of people coming to and leaving the United Center, this slick sports bar has the hard part of its job covered. Completing the task are superbright TVs on every surface, including in the booths; a surprisingly good beer selection; and a hell of a burger.

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West Loop

Park Tavern

Gastropub Park Tavern cuts out visits to the bar—there are table-tap systems, so you'll be able to pour your own draft while snacking on Animal Tots. The bar has a free shuttle service to and from the United Center before and after games.

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Downtown

Three Aces

The bar, which bills itself as "Keith Richard's basement bar," is an ideal place to drink after a game. It's loud, there are cocktails, which are well-made but not fancy, lots of beer, plus snacks to soak it all up. The pizzas and bolognese fries will get the job done.

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University Village/UIC

Twisted Spoke

While we love brunch at Twisted Spoke, we also love heading there late-night for the Spoke’s signature “fatboy” burgers, which are thick, juicy and perfectly tender. Take it down with a pile of those fantastic fries and you’ll be living proof that you are what you eat. There's also a great beer selection, with drafts and reserve bottles.

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West Town

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