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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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| 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. 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]

2. 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]

3. 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]

4. 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]

5. 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]

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. 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]

9. 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]

10. 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]

11. 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]

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. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

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. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

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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