West Loop restaurants and bars to hit after a United Center game

Post-game, celebrate a victory or drown your sorrows with a beer or burger. Here are our picks of which West Loop restaurants and bars to eat at after the game.

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    Au Cheval

  • The Beer Bistro North

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    Bottom Lounge

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    The Dawson

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    Little Goat Diner

  • The Ogden

  • Paramount Room

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    Park Tavern

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    Three Aces

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    Twisted Spoke roofdeck

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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 beer flowing and chow down on bar snacks, pizza or the best burger in town.


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Au Cheval

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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 drowning your feelings after a particularly tough loss.

  1. 800 W Randolph St
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The Beer Bistro

  • Price band: 1/4

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

  1. 1061 W Madison St
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Bottom Lounge

  • Price band: 2/4

Good things do come from CTA construction: Forced from its former Belmont plot, the Bottom Lounge has been reborn in the West Loop, and it’s swank. 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.

  1. 1375 W Lake St
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The Dawson

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

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

  1. 730 W Grand Ave
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Little Goat Diner

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 820 W Randolph St
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The Ogden

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 1659 W Ogden Ave
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Paramount Room

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Determined to intertwine the eating and drinking experience, chef Stephen Dunne focuses on elevated bar food at this off-the-beaten-path West Town spot. Some of his food (tempura green beans, a Wagyu burger) acts merely as sponges for the impressive beer list. But the fish and chips is crisp and flavorful, and the gravlax salad with house-cured salmon is light and inspired. The ultimate beer and food pairing, though, comes at dessert, with the addictive Black & Tan Float, a root-beer float made with Guinness ice cream.

  1. 415 N Milwaukee Ave
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Park Tavern

  • Price band: 2/4

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.

  1. 1645 W Jackson Blvd
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Three Aces

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 1321 W Taylor St
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Twisted Spoke

  • Price band: 1/4

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.

  1. 501 N Ogden Ave
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