The Flat Iron

Bars, Dive bars Wicker Park
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The Flat Iron
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The Flat Iron

When this place was the Note, the focus was on the bands on stage. Now, of course, those bands are gone, and the focus is on nothing but the drinks in the glasses—and the fact that you can get them until 4am. The dark bar is roomy and a little divey, and it’s essentially as low-key and basic as a bar can get. And that’s exactly what this rapidly yuppifying neighborhood needs.


Venue name: The Flat Iron
Address: 1565 N Milwaukee Ave
Cross street: at Damen Ave
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 4pm–4am; Sat 4pm–5am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Damen. Bus: 50, 56, 72.
Price: Average beer: $4
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Flat Iron is great for a beer and shot. Enjoy the mostly punk rock playlist or try and guess which patron looks most like the graffitied portrait of Ghostbusters 2 villain Vigo painted at the end of the bar.