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The best bars in Humboldt Park

Enjoy lengthy wine lists, amazing cocktails and delicious tacos at some of Humboldt Park’s best bars

By Elizabeth Atkinson and Zach Long

After a day spent wandering the paths in Humboldt Park and exploring the neighborhood's dining and shopping options, you deserve to sit down and enjoy a beverage. While it can't compete with the sheer number of options in neighboring Logan Square, Humboldt Park's bar scene is packed with quality spots to grab a drink, from classy wine bars to 4am haunts. Inside, you'll find menus packed with craft beer options, some impressive cocktails and delicious food, including barbecue and tacos. Raise a glass at some of our favorite bars in Humbolt Park.

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Best bars in Humboldt Park

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar

Bars Gastropubs 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 a long night of 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.

Pago Pago Shaved Ice
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California Clipper

Bars Cocktail bars Humboldt Park

Brendan Sodikoff took over the ’30s-era cocktail bar in 2014 , 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. The venue's robust live music schedule features jazz and country acts, with covers that are usually between $5-$10, depending on the show.

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Bars Dive bars Humboldt Park

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.

The Beetle

Bars Pubs Ukrainian Village

A change in ownership dropped the “Black” before “Beetle” but kept the wood-paneled bar, antique taps and low-key vibe intact at this Humboldt Park watering hole. If DJs are spinning on weekends, music can be heard from the sidewalk tables when the weather’s nice. Drop by for trivia on Monday nights, cheap tacos every Tuesday or a boozy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Photograph: Courtesy Boulevard Sports Lounge

Boulevard Sports Lounge

Restaurants American Humboldt Park

If you want to watch any Chicago team (Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, etc.) while enjoying a cold beverage and a plate of barbecue, you've come to the right place. Boulevard Sports Lounge lets you order brisket, rib tips and pulled pork by the pound while you take in the game on an array of screens covering the walls of this Humboldt Park bar. Even if you don't feel like cheering on the home team, you'll appreciate the nightly food and drink specials.

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Bullhead Cantina

Bars Pubs Humboldt Park

What would happen if you took the elements that have made a certain Wicker Park bar so oppressively popular—creative tacos, cheap beer, good music—and moved them a mile west? Bullhead Cantina tries to answer that question, offering a long list of tacos (including sweet potato and portobello options for vegetarians) as well as some Mexican-inspired burgers. Best of all, a taco, a PBR tallboy and a shot is always just $7.

Humboldt Haus Sandwich Bar
Humboldt Haus

Humboldt Haus Sandwich Bar

Restaurants Sandwich shops Humboldt Park

This no-frills sandwich shop, appended to the corner liquor store that shares its name, is something of a hidden gem. Order 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.

Photograph: Shmurah Campbell

The Continental

Bars Lounges Humboldt Park

In its latest incarnation, this 100-year-old dive has transformed into a slick little enclave for the late-night crowd to enjoy last call to the tune of the DJ’s all-rock repertoire. Thanks to its 4am license, it's a popular spot for industry workers looking for a post-shift drink after all the 2am watering holes close up shop for the evening.

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Humble Bar and Lounge

Bars Lounges Humboldt Park

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.


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