The best bars in Bridgeport

The South Side neighborhood is home to some great bars, including one of the best beer bars in all of Chicago
Mitchell's Tap is one of the best bars in Bridgeport.
Photograph: Martha Williams Mitchell's Tap is one of the best bars in Bridgeport.
By Time Out editors |
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The best bars in Bridgeport tend to have a few things in common: solid beer lists, a low-key vibe and lots and lots of White Sox fans. Whether you want a great craft beer with a side of pie from Pleasant House Bakery, or to just grab a beer and burger before the game, here's where to drink in Bridgeport.

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Bars, Dive bars

Bernice's Tavern

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The exterior might scream old-man bar, but this dive is a diamond in the rough. The proximity to both the Cell and the Zhou B Art Center means you might just find a debate at the jukebox between South Side regulars angling for “We Are the Champions” and mop-topped hipsters searching for the new No Age record. But Bernice’s welcomes them all with $2 PBRs, assorted imports, local acoustic acts on Saturdays and open mics every Thursday.

Bars, Pubs

Cork & Kerry at the Park

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The folks behind Beverly’s Cork & Kerry have opened this second location of their easygoing bar, situated next to Cellular Field. Grab a beer and burger before the game, or if you couldn't score tickets, just head there to watch the game.

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With craft beer and dancing, Maria's Packaged Goods is a favorite hangout in Bridgeport.
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Bars, Pubs

Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar

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Ed Marszewski—editor-publisher of Lumpen, festival host, gallerist and general Chicago indie-art-world guy-around-town—and his brother, Mike, remodeled and renamed Kaplan’s Liquors, the Bridgeport bar that was owned and operated since 1986 by their mother, Maria. The chandeliers built out of bottles and the 300-plus microbrews are notable, but the real standout feature is the welcoming scene: People like each other here.

Bars, Sports Bars

Mitchell's Tap

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The Sox sign over the door and the Bridgeport address should clue you in that this ain’t no yuppie bar. Still, newcomers are welcomed by the friendly bartender (who upholds the area’s third-round’s-on-us custom) and a good selection of beers like Delirium Tremens and 3 Floyds Gumballhead.

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Bars, Sports Bars

Shinnick’s Pub

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Representing the first-in, last-to-leave motto of Bridgeport’s diehard Irish-American population, the Shinnick clan has been slinging beer in this building since the day Prohibition ended. St. Pat’s Day and Sox games bring the crowds, but other times you’re likely to find a low-key gathering of locals.

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