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The Anthem

Bars, Sports Bars East Village
1 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Clayton Hauck 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 (try the tiki-ish Episode 73) 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.


Venue name: The Anthem
Address: 1725 W Division St

Cross street: at Hermitage Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division. Bus: 9, 56, 70.
Price: Average beer: $5
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Average User Rating

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I'm shocked this place is still here. They must live off of Bangers & Lace revenue (same owners). They possess every bad quality bars should not possess, except excess dirt and garbage. So I'll give them that - they're clean. But that's about the only praise you'll get from me. 

Rude and slow staff, usually untrained and confused as to what's going on, especially when it's crowded. They are routinely out of many of the menu offerings, including beers and sandwiches. The Juicy Lucy came out burned and nasty. The trivia is inconsistent, sometimes not even happening at all, with the staff possessing zero knowledge as to why. Waste of a trip, yet again. 

This place epitomizes not having one's shit together. 

Do not go here for a Hawks game unless you're a Packers fan - or fan of whatever blowout football game may precede the Hawks. The Hawks game started and the manager would not move it to the big screens or turn on the volume until the Packers game was over!?! Really? We went there specifically because this site said it was one of the top 2 Blackhawks bars- uh ... No! Not even close.