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Barry Brecheisen

You Won't Go Broke or Hungry With These 12 Bodacious Budget Bar Bites

Eat at these places, and you won't regret looking at your credit card statement later.

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Billy Goat Tavern
| Barry Brecheisen

Sustenance can come in many forms, but when enjoying the nightlife no one wants to be held down by leaving the bar and searching for some food. Likewise, no one needs something heavy that will weigh you down. Or some place pricey that will lighten your wallet or bank account.

In honor of Cheap Eats Week, here are 12 bars in Chicago with quality bites menus with reasonable prices. Some may even offer patrons free food. Listed in alphabetical order.

— Eater Chicago Intern Megan Wenzl contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cobra Lounge

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235 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-6300
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The appetizers at the Cobra Lounge satisfy before a game at the United Center or picking up the change on the dance floor at a concert. Look it up. [Photo: Yelp]

2. Scofflaw

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3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-9700
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In the midnight hour, customers don't turn into pumpkins at Scofflaw. Instead they get free chocolate-chip cookies. [Photo: Marc Much]

3. Bangers & Lace

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1670 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-6499
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The assortment of $5 hot dogs — from char, slaw to Chicago-style — give B&L an edge on Division Street. [Photo: Marc Much]

4. The Other Side Bar

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2436 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-8238
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This is the Pasta Bowl's companion bar, and it offers a simple menu of wings and other pub favorites. Try the mini corn dogs at $4.99. They use a cornbread batter on these suckers. [Photo: Facebook]

5. Roy's

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720 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-7599
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Aloha means goodbye to stiff bar tabs at Roy's. Their Aloha Hour includes a bar bites menu of several $7 including samosas and steamed buns. [Photo: Yelp]

6. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

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41 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 397-9500
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At either Chicago location, McCormick & Schmick has made a big deal of their happy hour, which lasts weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a good schtick for Schmick, where you can shun the seafood for a $5 burger. [Photo: Yelp]

7. Pub Royale

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2049 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-6874
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These aren't the $7 lamb dumplings that your auntie made growing up, here at Pub Royale. But your auntie never worried about hangovers. [Photo: Marc Much]

8. Billy Goat Tavern

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430 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 222-1525
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The double is better. But for $2.65, the burger is a steal. For $4.25, the double-cheese is larceny. Load it up with relish, pickles, onion and tomatoes at the condiment bar. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

9. Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern

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2600 W Iowa St
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 206-5119
This neighborhood dive offers free cheez balls, providing the salty goodness that can lead to a second wind when on a night on the town. [Photo: Yelp]

10. Burwood Tap

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724 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-2593
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The Burwood offers a free buffet starting at 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. And it's just far enough away from Lincoln and Halsted to provide shelter from the crazies. [Photo: Yelp]

11. The Rail Bar & Grill

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4709 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 878-9400
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One of Chicago's most-dependable bar menus. Everything here is well done, and most menu items are under $10. That's not even counting the specials, which rotate daily. [Photo: Yelp]

12. The Sidecar at The Long Room

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1612 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 665-4500
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This indoor food truck concept offers a rotating menu of bites — from Indian-influence rice bowls to short rib poutine. Most items are under $10. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Cobra Lounge

235 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
The appetizers at the Cobra Lounge satisfy before a game at the United Center or picking up the change on the dance floor at a concert. Look it up. [Photo: Yelp]
235 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607

2. Scofflaw

3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
In the midnight hour, customers don't turn into pumpkins at Scofflaw. Instead they get free chocolate-chip cookies. [Photo: Marc Much]
3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Bangers & Lace

1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
The assortment of $5 hot dogs — from char, slaw to Chicago-style — give B&L an edge on Division Street. [Photo: Marc Much]
1670 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

4. The Other Side Bar

2436 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
This is the Pasta Bowl's companion bar, and it offers a simple menu of wings and other pub favorites. Try the mini corn dogs at $4.99. They use a cornbread batter on these suckers. [Photo: Facebook]
2436 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

5. Roy's

720 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Aloha means goodbye to stiff bar tabs at Roy's. Their Aloha Hour includes a bar bites menu of several $7 including samosas and steamed buns. [Photo: Yelp]
720 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant

41 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
At either Chicago location, McCormick & Schmick has made a big deal of their happy hour, which lasts weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It's a good schtick for Schmick, where you can shun the seafood for a $5 burger. [Photo: Yelp]
41 E Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Pub Royale

2049 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
These aren't the $7 lamb dumplings that your auntie made growing up, here at Pub Royale. But your auntie never worried about hangovers. [Photo: Marc Much]
2049 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

8. Billy Goat Tavern

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The double is better. But for $2.65, the burger is a steal. For $4.25, the double-cheese is larceny. Load it up with relish, pickles, onion and tomatoes at the condiment bar. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]
430 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern

2600 W Iowa St, Chicago, IL 60622
This neighborhood dive offers free cheez balls, providing the salty goodness that can lead to a second wind when on a night on the town. [Photo: Yelp]
2600 W Iowa St
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Burwood Tap

724 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
The Burwood offers a free buffet starting at 8:30 p.m. on weekdays. And it's just far enough away from Lincoln and Halsted to provide shelter from the crazies. [Photo: Yelp]
724 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

11. The Rail Bar & Grill

4709 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
One of Chicago's most-dependable bar menus. Everything here is well done, and most menu items are under $10. That's not even counting the specials, which rotate daily. [Photo: Yelp]
4709 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

12. The Sidecar at The Long Room

1612 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613
This indoor food truck concept offers a rotating menu of bites — from Indian-influence rice bowls to short rib poutine. Most items are under $10. [Photo: Facebook]
1612 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613

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