The best bars near Midway
If you're looking for a laid-back sports bar, head to Guide's. This large bar has plenty of TVs to tune into the football game or baseball game, but there's also a pool table and a small refrigerator of beers for carryout. Whether you pull a seat up to the bar or hunker down at a table, get a basket of wings and settle in with a pitcher of beer and you'll fit right in.
If you're looking to hang like the locals do, head to Karolinka Club. The small space has a large wooden, wraparound bar where you'll find the regulars hanging out. There's also a back area with tables, but the bar suits us just fine. Pull up a seat and grab a beer of your choice and at least a half-dozen pierogis. You'll scarf them down before you know what happened and leave with a full belly and a few warm goodbyes from the regulars.
This weekend speakeasy is fit for a classy date night. There's a dress code (business casual will do), a long list of cocktails and martinis and mixed shots. You'll find it above Maddanthony's Bar & Grill with a prohibition-era theme, complete with dueling pianos and lounge singers, so you better settle in for the night.
Pull up a seat at the bar at this tiny dive. The place has warm lighting, giving everything in sight a yellowish hue. You'll notice signs littered above the back bar and friendly bartenders who have your back (go for a pitcher, it's a better deal, they told us). With cheap beers, you'll get out wondering if you missed the fine print—two Miller Lites just put us back a measly $3. We're happy to pull up a stool here—this dive is a fun place to throw a few back.
When you walk into Magoos Bar, the first thing you'll notice are slot machines. They're lined up against the left wall, and to the right is an expansive granite bar with lots of TVs above it. There are daily specials and snacks, but just belly up to the bar, order a beer and ask for some popcorn. If you're feeling lucky, snag a seat at one of the slots and you'll fit right in. Hell, maybe you'll even win.
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