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The Continental

Bars, Lounges Humboldt Park
3 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Shmurah Campbell

In its past life as Hiawatha (a.k.a. Pizza Lounge), the only thing you’d pick up here was a six-pack of cheap beer to lug next door for a chicken dinner at Feed. Now, the 100-year-old dive has transformed into a slick little enclave for the late-night crowd to scope out each other and suck down the last liquor of the night to the tune of the DJ’s all-rock repertoire.


Venue name: The Continental
Address: 2801 W Chicago Ave
Cross street: at California Ave
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 5pm–4am; Sat 5pm–5am
Transport: Bus: 65, 66, 93.
Price: Average cocktail: $5
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Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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Hipsters, creative types, and oddball eccentrics love this joint. I do not share their sentiment. Having been dragged here late night, I witnessed the 4 a.m. shitshow. Perhaps it's more chill during the early period, but ew! Sweaty, crowded, above capacity, rude bartenders, watered down drinks, blah. Not to mention the fact I risk getting mugged or shot as this place rests directly on the cusp of the ghetto; a first line of defense, if you will... As I get older, I try to avoid these sorts of places, and I don't hate that decision. 

The Continental is a nice little 4AM dive bar in Humboldt Park. It has two levels with bars on both levels. Upstairs, it has a pool table, a pinball machine, and a tabletop video game for when you want to only kind of ignore the person you’re with. They start last call and kicking people out around half an hour before 4, so if you’re looking for a place to relax until 4AM... this is not a good choice. There’s a food truck parked outside, so you can soak up some alcohol, and dignity, before you make even worse choices.