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Bars, Lounges Logan Square
4 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Photograph: Danielle Schon Live music and a low-key atmosphere draw a steady crowd to this Logan Square tap.

A hiddenish gem in Logan Square, this bar lies around the corner from the Whistler. If you can't squeeze your butt into that tiny cocktail haven, head over here for reasonably priced drinks and eclectic roster of bands and DJs. But with a capacity at around 100, this joint is pretty tight. All the better for cozying up to a stranger when the Frisky Grannies DJs spin '40s hits on the first Thursday of every month. The second Thursday of every month, the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness bring a crate of lite-rock, disco and cheese pop.


Venue name: Cole's
Address: 2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Cross street: between Medill and Belden Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5:30pm–2am; Sat 4pm–3am; Sun 4pm–2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to California. Bus: 52, 56, 74.
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In a neighborhood that's rapidly growing and becoming so congested with the newest "hip" bar and restaurant. Cole's is unpretentious, eclectic crowd, fun ambiance and the drink prices are reasonable.


Cole's in Logan Square is a cool, dive-y hangout where you're sure to hear some good local music or catch an entertaining open mic comedy night. There's pretty much always something going on, as you can see from the crews of people hanging out smoking out front. 


Coles can be a bit packed on Friday or Saturday night, but its definitely worth it! The bar is broken up into two areas, one that is primarily the bar area that has great booth seating and the other that hosts a lot of great local bands. Its nice because if you want to step away from whatever music your listening to for a second you can just go into the other room, you don’t have to step outside or anything like that.


This longtime Logan Square bar is as much a place to drink as it is a place to be seen. On any given night, you'll find a band making a racket in the back room while the neighborhood's creative class downs tallboys in the front. That guy who plays bass in the band you saw at the Bottle last month? He's drinking here at least one night a week.