South Loop has been expanding in more ways than one. New residential buildings, restaurants, and nightlife. Since there are so many options, we highlighted a few of our favorite South Loop bars for you to check out this weekend!
Popular Spots to Grab a Drink
Kasey’s Tavern: This is Chicago’s second oldest tavern and second oldest liquor license in the city! With over 130+ beer options, we see how Kasey’s has been a favorite tavern throughout the years. Set in a vintage storefront, this sports-bar pairs its TVs with a top-shelf beer list.
The Scout Waterhouse + Kitchen: Need a place to watch the games? The Scout is a comfortable, upscale bar with numerous TVs lining the walls. Stop in for a local beer, wine, or a fun cocktail. The Scout also has a loaded food menu if you’re looking for a drink and bite.
Bulldog Ale House: Enjoy their homebrewed beer or any of the classics while you sit outside on Bulldog Ale House’s patio. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the inside of the restaurant/ bar has a lot of open seating with high top tables. This relaxed setting is an easy way to kick off the weekend.
Great Cocktails for a Date Night
M Lounge: Sit back and relax at this South Loop candlelit martini lounge. M Lounge features live performances on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from Jazz to Blues to R&B. The menu features fine spirits and specialty martinis.
Acadia The Bar: A well-kept secret is the cocktails and small plates at The Bar – Acadia. The restaurant is well known for its two Michelin Stars but also has a bar seating area. Stop in for a cocktail and get a glimpse into this upscale airy restaurant.
Drawing Room: Located in the historic Chicago Athletic Association, the beautifully restored Drawing Room features comfortable café tables, couches, and three grand fireplaces. Sip on a selection of cocktails, a range of red, white, sparkling, and rose wines, as well as curated selection of beer.
Breweries to Hop Into
Vice District Brewing: Stop in for the small-batch beer that’s brewed in house. Vice District Brewing has a couple of core beers along with a rotating selection of others that will bring you new reasons to make it to South Michigan Avenue.
Motor Row Brewing: This pet-friendly microbrewery rotates seasonal beers in a warehouse-like space with a tasting room & upstairs taproom. Grab a growler and fill up on the small batched brews.
Fatpour Tap Works: Well known for its 22 ounce pours, Fatpour is a bi-level brewpub with a 200-plus beer list & a wide-ranging pub menu. Stop in for a pint but stay for the 22-ounce pour.