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Vice District Brewing

Bars, Breweries Near South Side
5 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Vice District Brewing Co.
Photograph: Martha Williams Vice District Brewing Co.

In the late 1800s, the South Loop was an area known for its gambling, prostitution and opium dens—a region that the city dubbed a "vice district." Inspired by the history of the neighborhood, Vice District Brewing's taproom is filled with vintage photos and street maps, but the beer being made here is decidedly modern. You'll find guests (and, on game days, Bears fans) drinking Black IPAs and an English bitters in the space, which is dog-friendly and features a collection of board games for adults and kids.


Venue name: Vice District Brewing
Address: 1454 S Michigan Ave

Opening hours: Tue-Thu 4-11pm, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat noon-1am, Sun 2pm-9pm; Mon private events only
Transport: El stop: Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 1, 3, 4, 12, 29, 62.
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Great neighborhood vibe. Love the owners take time to say hi to everyone. The metrosexual is by far my favorite beer.

Got to love a local brewery serving up amazing craft beer with a pile of board games and enjoying whatever food I decide to bring in for the evening.

I love beer and I could not ask for a better spot. The atmosphere is great and the beer is amazing. I enjoy the flights. I like how they brew their own beer. Pretty cool.


The owners here are 100% awesome. This is like your neighborhood Cheers bar. OK not everyone knows my name but they are super friendly when you come by. Their beer, wines and cider are high quality and tasty...oh and cheap. They host a run club every Wednesday and 2x yoga plus monthly neighborhood nights. When we went to Portland, one of the owners gave us brewery tips for where to visit.

Board game heads, there's a selection of games so you can beat your mom or your bros at some drunken connect four.


The south loop is an amazing neighborhood (I may be biased) but one thing it is lacking is bars. Vice District was exactly what this area needed. Started by two guys who brewed in their basement for fun has turned into a beer lovers destination. The first thing you realize with this staff is they love their product. They're always asking consumers for their opinions and suggestions. It is the kind of place you can come to watch a game, or play one of the countless board games they have stacked on the wall (including battleship!). 

They have 6-8 beers you can find year round plus 2-3 rotating specials/seasonals. In the last few months, they have added wine and spirits as once a month they have a speakeasy night with specialized cocktails. On the downside they don't have a kitchen, but you can order from anywhere and on the weekends they'll have a food truck out front. On the upside, it is a very dog friendly place! They have huge retractable windows in the front so this makes for a great summer spot!

Dropped by with a few friends and had a great time! The now offer a variety of Mezcals and Whiskeys which were right up my alley since beer isn't really my thing. They have tons of board games and seem to be a destination for food trucks since they don't serve any food. I had fun, crowd was laid back and the atmosphere was light, I will def be back soon.