Happy Village

Bars, Dive bars East Village
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Happy Village
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Happy Village

A gurgling goldfish pond, picnic tables galore and a lush lawn all around is the scene at this West Town dive. But when it rains (or at 11pm, when the garden closes), pack up the ciggies and head back inside, where the smell of whiskey and cheap beer hangs in the air, drunks angle for a turn on the Ping-Pong tables, and the jukebox coughs out the Cars and Madonna.

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Venue name: Happy Village
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Address: 1059 N Wolcott Ave
Chicago
60622
Cross street: at Thomas St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am; Sat, noon-3am; Sun noon-2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus: 50, 70.
Price: Beer: $2-$6
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Juke
tastemaker

I live nearby and have popped in a few times. Unfortunately, I still don't get what the big deal is. It's like going to your buddy's place and drinking, but paying more for beer. Maybe I'm just not that big of a fan of ping pong...  They don't have beer taps, selection is mediocre, prices are ok. How people consider this "Chicago's Best Beergarden" when places like Sheffield's, Diag, & Sportsman's Club exist, I will never fathom.


There is always a line to play on the ping pong tables and the jukebox is usually hijacked by hipsters who inevitably have a godawful taste in music. Yawn. Go down the block to Innertown - much more fascinating and interesting establishment.

Madeline N
Tastemaker

Happy Village has my favorite patio in all of Chicago. Its large with loads of seating, plus they have a great grassy area that you can sit down on in case all of the tables are filled. The beers are cheap and the staff is helpful, plus you can squeeze in a game of ping pong in their back room if you're getting board.

Clayton Guse
moderator

Happy Village is one of the best patios in its area. The interior of the bar is nothing to write home about, and loses a lot of its charm during the winter. But you know summer has arrived when the patio starts filling up.