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Bangers & Lace

Bars, Gastropubs Wicker Park
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
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Photograph: Jason Little
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Photograph: Jeremy BolenBangers & Lace
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Photograph: Brendan LekanBangers & Lace
 (Photograph: Jeremy Bolen)
Photograph: Jeremy BolenBangers & Lace

At this bar by the owners of Bar DeVille, “bangers” stand for sausage (we dig the Chicago-style Vienna Beef over the fancier brat sandwiches), and “lace” for “Brussels lace,” i.e., beer foam on the edge of a glass. The stellar draft selection, two-ounce sample options and knowledgeable staff draw in a mix of beer geeks and neighborhood clientele.


Venue name: Bangers & Lace
Address: 1670 W Division St
Cross street: at Paulina St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 2pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus info: 9, 56, 70
Price: Average beer: $7
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4.5 / 5

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Despite not having as extensive of a beer list as Hopleaf or the Map Room, Bangers & Lace is right up there with them in terms of Chicago beer bar rankings. In terms of beer alone, the place is a home run, offering beers I surely could only find at very, and I mean VERY few other places. Not just limited Chicago or Midwest offerings, but Global craft beer, too! 

Food is right on par with the beer. The menu is limited, but it works better that way. My favorite menu item is the hot pretzel with chocolate mustard. Sounds crazy, but it's uniquely delicious. Sausages are bomb, too. 

The place gets cramped at night, so the best time to come is Happy Hour or during the week. In fact, Happy Hour or day drinking at Bangers at one of their sought after front outdoor high-tops is one of my favorite drinking experience in all of Wicker. Props to Bangers; keep up the good work.


Bangers & Lace is a cool, dimly lit space in Wicker Park, just steps from the Division blue line stop. With a long row of taps, you can find almost any style of beer you'd like from some of the country's best brewers. There's also a cool rotating cocktail list if you want to try something a little fancy. And the pub grub is great too.