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22 Great Chicago Bars Without Televisions

Where to avoid sports and other TV Parties tonight

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It’s sometimes difficult to believe, but not everyone in Chicago is a sports fan. The sounds associated with games — the crack of a baseball bat, squeaky basketball shoes, and hockey players crashing into the boards — aren’t pleasing to everyone. Sometimes folks just want to escape, but it’s hard when bars are trying to lure customers with large TVs and stadium sound.

While many bars lose customers on NFL Sundays if they’re not showing football games, a few bar owners are proud to be against the grain. They hope to cater to a different customer, one who is looking to engage with other patrons through conversation.

Check out the following bars that don’t have TVs. Eater Chicago isn’t responsible if one of these bar owners decide to install a television for a championship game, playoff run or Oscar watch party. Patrons might want to limit their smartphone use while at these bars so they’re not killing the no-screen vibe.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hopleaf

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5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-9851
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One of the best beer bars in the country, Hopleaf in Andersonville has a massive selection of domestic and foreign brews. The food’s solid, and there’s a friendly and old-school feel that TVs would only distract.

An aerial shot of a large bar with exposed brick walls and a tall red pole coming down from the ceiling.
Hopleaf
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2. The Victor Bar

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4011 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

This Parisian-style cocktail bar owned by a band of three brothers is a sleek spot for dates. Victor Bar has become a sleeper hit in North Center.

Victor Bar
Victor Bar
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3. Long Room Chicago

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1612 W Irving Park Rd #1
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 665-4500
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This long and narrow bar in Irving Park is boisterous over the weekends. For years, Long Room has given Chicago one of the best beer lists in town. There’s also a photobooth.

4. DryHop Brewers

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3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3155
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Relatively close to Wrigley Field, DryHop combines a tasty house-brewed beer list with a mix of small plates. The burger is always a solid choice.

dryhop
DryHop Brewers

5. Billy Sunday

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3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-2485
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One of Chicago’s premier bars for cocktails, Billy Sunday has a vintage vibe in Logan Square. Named for a former White Sox player who also led the temperance movement, the space is stocked with rare spirits and there’s small plates. It’s from Folkart Restaurant Management, the same company whose holdings include Mordecai in Wrigleyville. 

Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

6. Todos Santos

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2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 878-8571
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The basement bar under Mexican favorite Quiote, Todos Santos has a deep mezcal selection with wonderfully balanced cocktails. Bartender Jay Schroeder is knowledgeable about the Mexican spirit and even wrote a book about the subject.

Todos Santos
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7. Spilt Milk

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2758 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 413-8440
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A Logan Square tavern known for stiff drinks, Spilt Milk recently started food service.

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Spilt Milk
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8. Cole's Bar

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2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

A classic Logan Square dive bar that survives as the neighborhood gentrifies, Cole’s is a narrow space with beer and shots. It’s often home to live music or comedy shows, with no cover.

9. Scofflaw

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3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-9700
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A classic Chicago cocktail stop, Scofflaw serves creative drinks and food in a venue that feels like a living room. It also has complimentary cookies late night and even malört on tap.

Scofflaw
Scofflaw
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

10. Weegee's Lounge

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3659 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-0707
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Weegee’s is known for its cocktails. It’s an old-school tavern that’s retained a loyal following in Logan Square.

11. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

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1750 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-8682
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This New York import has plenty to keep customers entertained. Just don’t walk on the shuffleboard court; respect the rules of the house. Royal Palms is a great place for groups in Bucktown.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
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12. Dorian’s

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1939 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9824
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In Wicker Park, Dorian’s combines a record store and live music venue with Pan Asian-inspired food. The drinks are strong and the vibe is great for date nights and large groups. This is from the crew that brought the Saved by the Bell pop-up to Chicago and LA.

13. Rainbo Club

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1150 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 489-5999

Indy rockers, hipsters, and those who wished developers never invested in Wicker Park in the early 2000s gather at Rainbo. There’s a pinball machine in the corner and big booths for groups.

14. Sportsman's Club

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948 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 206-8054
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Near where Logan Square and Ukrainian Village meet, Sportsman’s Club serves up a succinct drink list and beer for folks who want a dive bar atmosphere but also want more than a basic mixed drink.

Sportsman’s
Sportsman’s Club
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15. Lazy Bird

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200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 761-1799
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Just opened in the basement of the Hoxton hotel in Fulton Market, Lazy Bird features a dense book of 52 drinks. There’s a piano and occasional live music and DJs. Boka Restaurant Group runs the space.

Lazy Bird
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16. Punch House

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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Part of 16” on Center’s Pilsen entertainment complex (Thalia Hall, Dusek’s), Punch House is the basement tavern.

Punch House
Punch House
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17. Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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2136 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 600-5111
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This Pilsen brewery is moving to the near South Side. But for this summer, customers can still enjoy one of the prettiest tasting rooms in the city stocked with beers from a brewer who went to culinary school.

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Moody Tongue
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

18. Skylark

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2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 948-5275
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A friendly dive in Pilsen, Skylark — also featured in the Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Anniston movie, The Break-Up — features a nice craft beer list and pub food.

19. Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

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960 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 890-0588
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A favorite in Bridgeport, Maria’s is a packaged goods store and tavern that draws an electric cast of characters. The craft beer selection is deep and there’s also Korean-Polish food from Kimski’s that attached restaurant from chef Won Kim.

20. Whiner Beer Company

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104, 3225, 1400 W 46th St
Chicago, IL 60609
(312) 810-2271
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Breweries are great places to escape TVs, and Whiner in Back of the Yards, inside the Plant, provides exactly that.

Whiner Beer
Whiner Beer
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21. The Hyde Speakeasy

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5115 S Harper Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

The Hyde made headlines for its tongue-and-cheek rules that made fun of Cubs and Trump fans. The speakeasy-style bar leans heavy into nostalgia and gangster lore.

The Hyde
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22. Bibliophile

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1644 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(872) 244-3704
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From the husband-wife team behind Fabiana’s Bakery down the street, Bibliophile represents a bold new idea that combines a bookstore with a bar and bakery. The boozed-infused desserts are wonderful, and cocktails are well balanced.

Bibliophile
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1. Hopleaf

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
An aerial shot of a large bar with exposed brick walls and a tall red pole coming down from the ceiling.
Hopleaf
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

One of the best beer bars in the country, Hopleaf in Andersonville has a massive selection of domestic and foreign brews. The food’s solid, and there’s a friendly and old-school feel that TVs would only distract.

5148 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. The Victor Bar

4011 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Victor Bar
Victor Bar
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

This Parisian-style cocktail bar owned by a band of three brothers is a sleek spot for dates. Victor Bar has become a sleeper hit in North Center.

4011 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Long Room Chicago

1612 W Irving Park Rd #1, Chicago, IL 60613

This long and narrow bar in Irving Park is boisterous over the weekends. For years, Long Room has given Chicago one of the best beer lists in town. There’s also a photobooth.

1612 W Irving Park Rd #1
Chicago, IL 60613

4. DryHop Brewers

3155 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
dryhop
DryHop Brewers

Relatively close to Wrigley Field, DryHop combines a tasty house-brewed beer list with a mix of small plates. The burger is always a solid choice.

3155 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Billy Sunday

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

One of Chicago’s premier bars for cocktails, Billy Sunday has a vintage vibe in Logan Square. Named for a former White Sox player who also led the temperance movement, the space is stocked with rare spirits and there’s small plates. It’s from Folkart Restaurant Management, the same company whose holdings include Mordecai in Wrigleyville. 

3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Todos Santos

2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Todos Santos
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

The basement bar under Mexican favorite Quiote, Todos Santos has a deep mezcal selection with wonderfully balanced cocktails. Bartender Jay Schroeder is knowledgeable about the Mexican spirit and even wrote a book about the subject.

2456 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Spilt Milk

2758 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
spilt milk
Spilt Milk
Spilt Milk [Official Photo]

A Logan Square tavern known for stiff drinks, Spilt Milk recently started food service.

2758 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Cole's Bar

2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

A classic Logan Square dive bar that survives as the neighborhood gentrifies, Cole’s is a narrow space with beer and shots. It’s often home to live music or comedy shows, with no cover.

2338 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Scofflaw

3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Scofflaw
Scofflaw
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

A classic Chicago cocktail stop, Scofflaw serves creative drinks and food in a venue that feels like a living room. It also has complimentary cookies late night and even malört on tap.

3201 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Weegee's Lounge

3659 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Weegee’s is known for its cocktails. It’s an old-school tavern that’s retained a loyal following in Logan Square.

3659 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

1750 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This New York import has plenty to keep customers entertained. Just don’t walk on the shuffleboard court; respect the rules of the house. Royal Palms is a great place for groups in Bucktown.

1750 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. Dorian’s

1939 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

In Wicker Park, Dorian’s combines a record store and live music venue with Pan Asian-inspired food. The drinks are strong and the vibe is great for date nights and large groups. This is from the crew that brought the Saved by the Bell pop-up to Chicago and LA.

1939 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Rainbo Club

1150 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Indy rockers, hipsters, and those who wished developers never invested in Wicker Park in the early 2000s gather at Rainbo. There’s a pinball machine in the corner and big booths for groups.

1150 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Sportsman's Club

948 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Sportsman’s
Sportsman’s Club
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Near where Logan Square and Ukrainian Village meet, Sportsman’s Club serves up a succinct drink list and beer for folks who want a dive bar atmosphere but also want more than a basic mixed drink.

948 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Lazy Bird

200 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Lazy Bird
The Hoxton, Chicago [Official Photo]

Just opened in the basement of the Hoxton hotel in Fulton Market, Lazy Bird features a dense book of 52 drinks. There’s a piano and occasional live music and DJs. Boka Restaurant Group runs the space.

200 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Punch House

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Punch House
Punch House
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Part of 16” on Center’s Pilsen entertainment complex (Thalia Hall, Dusek’s), Punch House is the basement tavern.

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

17. Moody Tongue Brewing Company

2136 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60608
moody tongue
Moody Tongue
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

This Pilsen brewery is moving to the near South Side. But for this summer, customers can still enjoy one of the prettiest tasting rooms in the city stocked with beers from a brewer who went to culinary school.

2136 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60608

18. Skylark

2149 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608

A friendly dive in Pilsen, Skylark — also featured in the Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Anniston movie, The Break-Up — features a nice craft beer list and pub food.

2149 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608

A favorite in Bridgeport, Maria’s is a packaged goods store and tavern that draws an electric cast of characters. The craft beer selection is deep and there’s also Korean-Polish food from Kimski’s that attached restaurant from chef Won Kim.

960 W 31st St
Chicago, IL 60608

20. Whiner Beer Company

104, 3225, 1400 W 46th St, Chicago, IL 60609
Whiner Beer
Whiner Beer
Daniel Gerzina/Eater Chicago

Breweries are great places to escape TVs, and Whiner in Back of the Yards, inside the Plant, provides exactly that.

104, 3225, 1400 W 46th St
Chicago, IL 60609

21. The Hyde Speakeasy

5115 S Harper Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
The Hyde
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Hyde made headlines for its tongue-and-cheek rules that made fun of Cubs and Trump fans. The speakeasy-style bar leans heavy into nostalgia and gangster lore.

5115 S Harper Ave
Chicago, IL 60615

22. Bibliophile

1644 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Bibliophile
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

From the husband-wife team behind Fabiana’s Bakery down the street, Bibliophile represents a bold new idea that combines a bookstore with a bar and bakery. The boozed-infused desserts are wonderful, and cocktails are well balanced.

1644 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

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