Chicago’s stylish Gold Coast neighborhood has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment, from fine dining establishments to magnificent museums and shops. Elegant boutique properties like the Raffaello Hotel are mere steps from downtown delights including the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago theater district, the John Hancock Building, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Sports fans can follow their favorite Windy City team in one of the many sports bars in downtown Chicago, whether your choice is a cozy neighborhood pub or a state-of-the-art lounge with private TVs in every booth.
Chicago bars range from glam rock palaces to old-style piano bars, many located in downtown’s posh hotels like the Raffaello Hotel Chicago, but sports bars are among the local favorites. Wind down and cheer on the Bears at bars from traditional shot-and-a-beer local hangouts to luxe lounges and live music joints with additional entertainment ranging from bumping dance floors to arcade rooms. Following are a few of the best spots to watch Bears football.
MCM Pub and Eatery
This stylish mix of old and new Chicago is just the spot to catch a Bears game and maybe try a round or two of darts. A quirky combination of liquor store and upscale pub, MCM boasts a spectacular antique mahogany bar, two dartboards and eight plasma screen TVs and a wide range of craft beers from around the world.
Joe’s on Weed Street
Right in the middle of a neighborhood of shops, theaters, dining spots and bars, massive converted warehouse Joe’s bar boasts over 100 massive flat screen TVs, a 40-foot bar and a super menu of classic game-time foods from pizza to burgers. There’s a different drink special every night, and an excellent music line-up in the adjacent giant concert hall keeps the party going. With personal TVs at many of the tables and a 6,000 square foot outdoor patio area, Joe’s is a major player among Chicago sports bars.
Kroll’s South Loop
With its upscale ambience and late-night menus, Kroll’s is a chic combination of sports bar and high-end lounge. Join other Bears fans for a pre-game breakfast of Captain Crunch French Toast or get acquainted over a post-game brew. The glitzy space is circled by big-screen and projector TVs, providing great game views from the enormous U-shaped bar or tables. A super family spot for catching the game, Kroll’s has a kids’ menu and shuffleboard tables.
The ultimate in glitzy sports watering holes, Public House is a lively night club/sports bar hybrid. Awesome extras include table-taps and wall taps spouting a jaw-dropping assortment of beers, each served in a designated glass. The hearty traditional sports bar menu includes such gooey delights as pretzels with cheese fondue, juicy burgers and incredible desserts by HotChocolate.
The football-crazy Houndstooth Saloon was originally a University of Alabama bar named after celebrated coach Bear Bryant. Catch the game or check the schedule for one of Houndstooth’s legendary country-western nights. With 26 TVs lining the wall, there’s not a bad seat in the house.
The perfect spot for pre- or post-game cocktails or snacks, this award-winning cocktail-focused bar is perched on the 18th floor of the posh boutique Raffaello Hotel. With a magnificently moody speak-easy style indoor lounge and spectacular outdoor terrace, Drumbar is one of the most buzzed-about cocktail spots in the Windy City.
Catch the Bears game at Drumbar or any of the other great Chicago sports bars and then relax at Raffaello Hotel’s luxury boutique hotel accommodations.