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Best bars to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks

Pull on your jersey and order a beer—here are the best Chicago bars to watch the Blackhawks

Cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the Ogden.

There's no better place to watch a Blackhawks game than the United Center, but with ticket prices through the roof, chances are you won't be seeing a live game too often. When you want to cheer on Patrick Kane and Co. with a group of fellow fans and celebrate each goal with a great craft beer, head to one of our picks for the best bars to watch the Blackhawks.

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The Anthem

The first thing you see is the game, projected onto the wall to a scale so large it’s visible down the block. Then the hightop communal tables, the ceiling draped with an American flag. You take a seat and there’s a bartender who’s as happy to make you a cocktail as to crack open a PBR tallboy. He serves you a Jucy Lucy, a stroke of Minnesotan genius that injects a greasy, juicy burger with Velveeta cheese. And that’s the last thing you can, and need to, remember.

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East Village

The Beer Bistro

Doing its part to keep the West Loop from succumbing to all the glitz and glamour of Randolph Street is this good-natured, low-key tavern, which carries upwards of 100 beers. If you're not sure where to start, ask the beer-geek bartenders and they’re happy to explain.

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Crew Bar and Grill

Whether you’re hungry for hockey or just beer, this straight-friendly gay sports bar will work. Forty beers on tap (75 total), tasty (and even healthy) pub grub, lots of TVs and a rah-rah decor make this a fun place to cheer for your team, whatever team you’re on.

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Cork & Kerry

Hang with the Beverly crowd at this Far South Side institution, where Irish brogues are the norm and the staff is among the friendliest in town. The fenced-in, wooden deck has a homey, antique decor (i.e., wagon wheels and hanging plants), along with two bars that are great places to root for the home teams.

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Johnny's Icehouse

Overlooking the ice at both the east (1350 W Madison St) and west (2550 W Madison St) outposts of this full-service local hockey rink, the Stanley Club features a full bar and plenty of screens tuned to the game. With the smell of the ice in your nose and a 'dog in your hand, you'll swear you were there yelling at the refs in person.

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West Loop

Kroll’s South Loop

Flat screens show hockey and other sports, and the kitchen puts out authentic Dairyland fare. Butter burgers—topped with ketchup, pickles, raw white onions and, of course, a buttered, grilled bun—are cutely wrapped up in butcher paper. Otherwise, thin-crusted pizzas and chewy, golden fried curds make good beer accompaniments.

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Near South Side

Lincoln Square Lanes

This second-story bowling alley/dive bar used to be one of the best hidden gems in the city. Now that the masses have caught on, it’s still just as awesome, except now you have to wait for a lane. You can bide your time by downing cheap beer and taking tin the Hawks game.

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Lincoln Square

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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United Center

Pequod’s Pizza

Exposed brick and plasma-screen TVs have taken the place of worn pool tables and dart boards after a fire forced a redesign of this neighborhood dive. But while the digs may be snazzier, the signature pan pizza—in all its glory with a ring of caramelized cheese around the crust—remains the same. Order up a few for the table while watching the Hawks game.

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Lincoln Park

The Pony Inn

The rust-colored tin and sleek blonde wood covering every surface mean it's one of the prettier sports bars around. Add in a plethora of TVs and food and drink specials for every Hawks game, and there's no need to go anywhere else.

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Lake View


Sandy W
Sandy W

A GREAT place to watch the Blackhawks (or any sporting event) is 

CONNIE'S PIZZA, 1030 N. STATE ST., CHICAGO.  They have a 

huge 9' x 6' screen in a private room.  It feels like you're sitting in the 

VIP section at the stadium.  And, their Italian food menu (and pizza)

is outstanding / delicious.  

Farts M
Farts M

The Pony is by far the worst on this list