California Clipper

Bars , Cocktail bars Humboldt Park
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California Clipper
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
Pago Pago Shaved Ice

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 $4-$10, depending on the show.

Venue name: California Clipper
Contact:
Address: 1002 N California Ave
Chicago
60622
Cross street: at Augusta Blvd
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 8pm–2am; Sat 8pm–3am
Transport: Bus: 52, 66, 70.
Price: Average cocktail: $5
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4.7 / 5

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Laura R
moderator

This is my new favorite place. I am so sad I didn't know about it earlier. It's super dark and David Lynch-y with cool, classic cocktails. Some nights live bands play—and I mean actual, awesome jazz bands. 

Madeline N
Tastemaker

California Clipper is the perfect Humboldt Park bar. It has a sort of grungy vibe with the red dark lighting, but I am cautious to call it a dive bar as the drinks are amazing and the music is just as great. They get super packed on the weekends, but if you stop by on a weekday or a Sunday evening you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a seat.

Jaclyn R

This is one of my favorite bars to go to with friends. It's a great space, has an incredible throwback vibe. The drinks are fantastic! Make sure to try the Pago Pago Shaved Ice, they shave the ice right at the bar so it's fun to see them make the drink. They also have live music in the evenings which is a blast.