17 bars to watch the Bulls and Blackhawks play tonight

Caught up in Bulls and Blackhawks fever? If so, you're not the only one seeing red around town. Hit up these bars tonight as it's do-or-die for the Hawks against the Canucks and as the Bulls battle the Pacers.

Blackhawks bars

Get your pre-game bowl time in while enjoying "Hockey Night Specials" including $5 drinks like the Captain "C", the Knucklepuck, the Puck Drop and the Chelsea Dagger. 330 North State, 312-644-0300

Northsiders can drop by this popular Boystown bar for 1/2 price 9oz. martinis, $4 Monsoon pints and $4 Chang bottles. Arrive early for their Happy Hour specials which include 1/2 price appetizers from 4pm-6pm. Hawks fans will enjoy watching the pulse-pounding icy action spread across 20 Hi-Fi TVs. 4808 N. Broadway, 773-784-CREW

District Bar
Looking for BBQ? District is offering a Wednesday burger special that includes its famous Backyard BBQ—a 1/2lb grilled Angus beef burger topped with Jameson Whiskey BBQ sauce, cheese, onions and Smokehouse bacon. Meat lovers can also opt for the Founder's Dirty Basket—or $6 Absolut, $5 Jameson and $4 domestic drafts. Did we mention 40 flat screen TVs? Now, we did. 170 W. Ontario, 312-337-3477

District Ale House
The Irish certainty has a way of making their Blackhawks fans smile especially during playoff season. Wednesday nights feature $4 draft beers (all 14 on tap), 50% off all wine bottles and $2.50 braised short rib chili to soak up all the liquid goodness you can handle. Ask about their 80 oz Beer Tower, a portable tabletop beer pitcher! 1942 W. Division, hours: M-F 4pm-2am, Sat 11am-3am and Sun. 11am-2am

Three levels, 19 flat screens TVs and Louisiana hot sauces are sure to fire up Hawks fans. The 1st Playoff game falls on a Wednesday, which means $3 Jose Cuervo Gold and Silver shots. Hawks fan favorites include the Troy Brouwer Soggy Meatballs on Garlic Bread sandwich and late-night specials like the $10 Triple Secret Cheeseburger. 2047 Division St, 773-489-5050

Blackhawk fans and West Loopers alike want to head over to Market, a fav among sports junkies. Playoff specials include $12 Miller Lite and Coors Light Buckets and $3 Market Shots. For home games, hop on Market's free shuttle to the United Center. 1113 W. Randolph, 312-929-4787

Mother Hubbards
Four, count 'em, 4 jumbo screens plus 40 TVs make Mother Hubbards a popular Blackhawks Playoff viewing destination. Need we say more? 5 W Hubbard St, 312-828-0007

Pequod's Pizza
Pequods will be dishing out pan and thin style pizzas while the Hawks dish out a little hurtin' up North der hey. Enjoy live pre-game coverage from the United Center when the Hawks bring the game home. 2207 N Clybourn Ave and 8520 Fernald Ave in Morton Grove, IL

Bulls bars

260 Sports Bar
This recently opened Bridgeport sports bar’s 150-inch projection TV may symbolize the worst of consumer culture, but when it comes to the playoffs, tell your inner Marxist to can it: The Bulls are running it down the court, and you’re too busy munching on classic pub fare and sipping on $3 martinis to care. Also worth noting: free parking across the street, and 20 50-inch plasma screens. 260 W 26th St, third floor, 312-706-8100.

Small Bar
Don’t let the fixies outside and patchy beards indoors fool you. Small Bar on Division is a great way to get your sport fix without Wrigleyville bros being all up in your biz. Small Bar greatly acquitted itself for World Cup matchups, and there’s no doubt that watching the Bulls in a casual atmosphere will be equally as pleasurable. Just make sure you don’t mind a little soccer to go with your basketball. 2049 W Division St, 773-772-2727.

No one could be blamed for thinking this Wicker Park eatery was all basketballed-out after March Madness. Of course, that doesn’t make them any less wrong. Piece has 11 42-inch plasma TVs spanning the entirety of the bar, so fans can gnosh on New Haven–style pizza and keep track of the game. Should the Bulls lose, the diehards can drown their sorrows in a variety of delectable house brews. 1927 W North Ave, 773-772-4422.

Overlooking the Harold Washington Library in the South Loop, fans can watch the 2011 incarnation of the Bulls while contemplating past Bulls teams—that’s both Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in the restaurant’s murals—at Plymouth Bar and Grill. A mix of traders and students can argue about jump shots while sharing towers of Spaten, Newcastle and Blue Moon. 327 S Plymouth Ct.

Last-minute sports fans storming the United Center for scalpers should consider this West Loop bar as a low-cost Plan B. Near the Bulls’ playground, WestEnd’s extra-wide bar stools and dim lighting make for an inviting environment. And, unlike the seats you would’ve gotten from the dubious second-hand market, you can actually see the game here. 1326 W Madison St, 312-981-7100.

Tilted Kilt 
Feminist sports fans may find themselves in a philosophical boondoggle should they patronize this Loop establishment, oft described as “a Celtic version of Hooters.” Sure, waitresses are scantily clad. That said, appetizers and burgers are solid, and ESPN screens light up every sight line. You can contemplate the wonders of the male gaze in so many ways. 17 N Wabash Ave, 312-269-5580.

Logan Bar & Grill
With ceilings higher than the typical neighborhood resident, the Logan Bar & Grill can provide a sports-minded, yet aesthetically challenging, respite from fixies and patchy facial hair. Locally made art adorns the walls, so the vibe isn’t so sports-oriented. But the TVs a-plenty allow patrons to watch the game in a relaxing environment. Try the sweet potato fries with hummus. 2230 N California.

Mullen’s Bar and Grill
Way far on the North Side lies this booth-heavy, score-obsessed sports bar. Most locals in this Rogers Park bar are focused more on post-game softball and throwing darts, but there’s plenty of room for basketball, considering Mullen's has eight TVs. Plenty of room for everyone. 7301 N Western Ave, 773-465-2113. 

Bull and Bear
If you’re a sports fan and use $100 bills to light your stogies, then Bull and Bear is likely the place for you. Dom and Cristal are both on the menu, as are truffle fries with lemon aioli. While it’s positively delicious, it’s also expensive. But a Bulls victory just may be cause for celebration. (Tableside beer taps, anyone?). 431 N Wells St, 312-527-5973.

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