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Trader Todd's

Bars, Lounges Lake View
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Photograph: Maddie Blecha Trader Todd's

Pop into any bar boasting seven days of karaoke and you're likely to hear more than your fair share of Bon Jovi. Thankfully, this Lakeview parrot-head hangout offers ample patio space (heated in the winter) to escape juiced-up choruses of "Sweet Caroline." This place is good for satiating drunk American Idol desires, but bad for house cocktails. Stick to your beer of choice over Todd's odd concoctions.


Venue name: Trader Todd's
Address: 3216 N Sheffield Ave
Cross street: at Belmont Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 3pm–3am; Sun 3pm–2am
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Belmont. Bus: 8, 22, 77.
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4 / 5

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Regardless of whether you come to karaoke or sit back and watch it all unfold on the multiple screens, everyone lets loose and just has fun here. Unfortunately, a lot of people feel this way since it's always so busy that it gets uncomfortably close at times.

The song repertoire is filled with everyone's favorites; which only encourages sing-a-longs that you hope sometimes drowns out whoever is on stage. I have a high level of admiration for the bartenders that have to endure some of the ear splitting acts night after night and presumably sober. They always do it with a smile too!

In summer months there's an outside area open in the back that only enhances the Jimmy Buffet, parrot bay ambiance locals have come to love. The occasional appetizer special is much appreciated - wings and guacamole are good. I can't vouch for anything else on the menu, but I can assure you most people have a good time here.