The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen

Bars, Pubs Near South Side
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The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen
Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
Foot-long Grilled Cheese

There are other sports bars in Chicago. There are even other sports bars in the South Loop. There is, however, no use in telling either of those things to the crowd of Bears fans waiting up to an hour to secure a table (and with it, a 14-inch grilled-cheese sandwich and a prime view of a TV or 30) at the Scout: They'll just think you're trying to cut in line.


Venue name: The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen
Address: 1301 S Wabash Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 10am–3am; Sun 10am–2am
Transport: El stop: Green, Orange, Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 12, 18, 29, 62, 129.
Price: Average beer: $5
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Christo M

Not sure, again, why this place is included in, "best kept secrets".

It's patio is very regular, very small and certainly not very special or secret.

I'm also not sure why it is listed with only one, " $". It certainly isn't cheap. It is about average in price for most affluent neighborhoods or nightclubs. Expect to pay about $30 for a basic entree and single beverage after tax and tip. That is normal for downtown, but certainly not one out of four dollar signs.

Also, I've gone here a lot, and it isn't accurate reporting to say that athletes come here a lot. I'm not sure why the writer felt the need to throw them this bone. Perhaps other dollar signs apply here ... I don't know.

The food is slightly above average quality, but only in the category of "common/mainstream dining". It isn't very special, and uses the same food distributors as most average restaurants and hotels.

That said, it is indeed done right. You will enjoy most of the menu.

For a patio though, I would prefer the pizza place across the street which has an extensive beer list and beer garden, or the Asian restaurant two doors South for a quaint experience .

If you go for the sports coverage, you will love The Scout; every wall is literally covered with TVs playing different games, and the beer selection is just enough above average to meet your tastes. If you do not like sports bars, I would recommend the places I mentioned above instead.