Blind Robin

Bars, Dive bars Ukrainian Village
Blind Robin
Blind Robin

The crew behind Green Eye and Underbar purchased the former Bar Vertigo space and gave it a bit of a face-lift, and, seemingly overnight, it’s already packed. The owners salvaged the Art Deco back bar from the old Lava Lounge space and somehow made it fit in these new narrow digs, but the real eye candy here is the never-ending parade of tattooed hipsters who seem to travel in packs to this bar family’s watering holes.


Venue name: Blind Robin
Address: 853 N Western Ave
Cross street: between Rice and Iowa Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 66.
Price: Average beer: $5
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Quintessential, basic bitch neighborhood bar. Friendly bartenders serve a small, but well-rounded beer list and surprisingly playful cocktail list. Great, neighborhood prices are more reminiscent of Humboldt compared to gentrified Ukie Village. A nice mix of locals, hipsters, and the occasional old drunk man ponied up on "his" stool. 

My friend lives a block away, so I pop in every now and then and will continue to do so. If you like awesome, rotating pinball machines and board games, this is your jam.