Couldn't snag tickets to the game? No worries—Wrigleyville is filled with beer bars and sports bars that will be showing the Cubs game (and serving cheaper Miller Lites). Plus, you'll be in the middle of the action after the game. So grab your baseball hat and a bar stool and cheer on your team at these Wrigleyville bars.
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Bars in Wrigleyville to watch the Cubs
If you go to Beer during the week, you might be surprised at what a calm place it is for a cheap Budweiser, Miller Lite or 312 on draft. But on the weekend, all bets are off. You're better off getting a cheap bottled beer to minimize the risk of losing your beer when the crowds get too big.
For those experiencing Cubby withdrawal, here's a place to liquor up while looking longingly at Wrigley Field across the street. During baseball season, you could book one of two private rooms, each with a small bar, 15 seats and five TVs, and order some burgers, corn dogs or pulled-pork sandwiches while watching the game. Or do it now and watch a video of winning games.
Can't snag a bleacher seat at the Friendly Confines? Don't fret. Bathed in dark wood and brimming with beer, burgers, apps and wraps, this surprisingly friendly bar just a stone's throw north is the next-best place to park your tush on game day. With 35 HD plasma TVs, you'll catch every angle without catching a single harmful UV ray.
After closing at the end of 2014 Cubs season, this outpost of the popular beer maker seemed dead. But it returned for opening day 2015. The beer selection alone is enough of a draw at this local brewery, where we can happily while away an afternoon nursing a crisp 312 Urban Wheat Ale or malty Smoked Porter.
This bilevel Wrigleyville joint draws a strange crowd: a mix of ball-capped fans paying full attention to the wall-size TV behind the bar and aspiring improv comics from nearby i.O. who love to rehash favorite bits and revel in their ironic choice of destination. No group pays any heed to the other, particularly when the orders of tater tots arrive.
Function trumps form and comfort at this woody, yet cavernous Cubbie corral and outdoor stable, er, patio behind the Friendly Confines. The clientele of former frat brothers and sorority sisters wants its alma mater’s game on the TV and it wants it now—not a problem considering the prevalence of flat-screens.
What can lure sports fans away from a sidewalk patio that’s spitting distance from Wrigley and offers a front-row view of scantily clad passersby? A bajillion TVs playing every televised game, a batting cage, Pop-A-Shot, mini bowling and more wings than even “The Fridge” Perry can handle.