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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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Hopleaf

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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.

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Hopleaf
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The Victor Bar

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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.

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Victor Bar
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Long Room Chicago

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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.

DryHop Brewers

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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.

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DryHop Brewers

Billy Sunday

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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
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Todos Santos

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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.

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Spilt Milk

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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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Cole's Bar

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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.

Scofflaw

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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.

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Scofflaw
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Weegee's Lounge

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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.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

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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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Dorian’s

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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.

Rainbo Club

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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.

Sportsman's Club

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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.

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Sportsman’s Club
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Lazy Bird

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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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Punch House

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

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Punch House
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Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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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
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Skylark

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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.

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

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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.

Whiner Beer Company

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

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Whiner Beer
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The Hyde Speakeasy

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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.

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Bibliophile

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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.

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Hopleaf

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
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Victor Bar

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
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Long Room Chicago

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.

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.

dryhop
DryHop Brewers

Billy Sunday

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

Todos Santos

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
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Spilt Milk

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

spilt milk
Spilt Milk
Spilt Milk [Official Photo]

Cole's Bar

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.

Scofflaw

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

Weegee's Lounge

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

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

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
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Dorian’s

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.

Rainbo Club

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.

Sportsman's Club

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
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Lazy Bird

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
The Hoxton, Chicago [Official Photo]

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Punch House

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

Punch House
Punch House
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

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.

moody tongue
Moody Tongue
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Skylark

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.

Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar

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.

Whiner Beer Company

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

Whiner Beer
Whiner Beer
Daniel Gerzina/Eater Chicago

The Hyde Speakeasy

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
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Bibliophile

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
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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