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Dive Bar Power Hour: Carol's Pub

Late hours and honky-tonk have kept this decades-old Uptown dive alive.

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Honky-tonk lives on at Carol’s Pub, where just about the only thing more interesting than the country dive bar are the people who frequent it. The bar is a relic—more than 40 years old—from a time when hillbillies migrated to Uptown and today is one of the last of its kind. You’ll see plenty of cowboy hats in the diverse crowds that pack the dance floor on the weekends for live music and cheap drinks. The party starts as early as 9 a.m. during the week and goes on into the wee hours of the morning. In fact, you might just end up catching the sun rise at 5 a.m. if you stay until closing on Saturday. There’s a food menu if you dare try it or you can opt for some Mexican from the 24-hour joint next door (El Ranchito).

Carol's Pub

4659 North Clark Street, , IL 60640 (773) 754-8000 Visit Website