After a long day of shopping Humboldt Park, all you're really in need of is a great glass of wine or a well-made cocktail. Most of the bars in the neighborhood also offer some great snacks, so you'll never have to drink on an empty stomach. Get ready to become a regular at some of the best bars in Humboldt Park.
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Best bars in Humboldt Park
The novella-length menu at this cozy, low-key Humboldt Park alcove contains loving and helpful descriptions of an impressive selection of wines and beers. But if you still have no idea where to start, ask—everyone behind the bar is willing to let you taste through options until you find a wine you’ll love. To fuel all the wine-drinking, the food menu includes an array of small plates served until 1am. This is the kind of warm, simple neighborhood place you’ll never want—or need—to leave.
Brendan Sodikoff took over the ’30s-era cocktail bar last year, and it’s still wonderfully low-key with live music, a jukebox and glowing red lights—but now with better drinks. Try the elegant gin and raspberry Clover Club. In addition, a live music schedule ranges from jazz to country and covers are $5-$10, depending on the show.
This inconspicuous bar is equal parts after-work dive and Antiques Roadshow. Amid dusty knickknacks and bric-a-brac, the family who runs the place will pour you a stiff drink and then try to sell you a Civil War–era revolver, a set of buffalo-themed shot glasses or anything else lying around—anything except for the patriarch’s wall-mounted marlin and the Hamm’s sign hanging out front.
Owner Austin Baker, an alum of Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt empire, assembled a crack team of former Hogsalt employees for Bar Marta. The drink list is accomplished, but Carrera makes it approachable for a bar in a neighborhood—the menu of $10 cocktails includes the bright, Scotch-fortified Absinthe Minded. The menu includes different sized plates big enough to share. The bar fills up quickly, but the glasses of wine and tasty snacks make it great for sitting.
This no-frills sandwich shop, appended to the corner liquor store that shares its name, is something of a hidden gem. Order up a basic but tasty sub, featuring a range of meaty combos tucked into supremely crusty bread, and head across the street for lunch with a side of Humboldt Park loveliness, or stick around and wet your whistle with a selection from the 20-strong rotating draft list.
This neighborhood watering hole is a mainstay for locals. The bar boasts a pool table with room to spare and a few small two-tops for quiet conversation. With a long list of beer specials, stop by and grab a drink at the bar—you may meet an interesting character or two.