Hyde Park is a classic Chicago south side neighborhood, home to some of the city’s most iconic destinations such as the Museum of Science and Industry and the University of Chicago. Additionally, the neighborhood is vibrant and diverse with a slew of classic dives that make this a great place to plan your next pub crawl. Reserve your trolley today and hop on board. Get ready to explore Hyde Park in style!
Stop One: Woodlawn Tap
Better known as “Jimmy’s” because of the legendary barkeep that owned this location for nearly 50 years, this dive caters to U of C students and staff and is located on the edge of campus. Inside you’ll find a battered mahogany bar, backless bar stools, and a tap serving about a dozen beers. We, however, recommend the martinis (they make ‘em stiff) and be sure to order a burger or brat with some crispy french fries to start out the night. It’s best to have a full stomach for what’s to follow.
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Stop Two: Cove Lounge
Located at the corner of 55th and Everett, this cash-only bar has been keepin’ it real for decades. If the foosball and darts don’t get you excited, then maybe the cheap pitchers and craft brews on tap might do the trick. Cove Lounge may not be the hippest bar on the block, but it sure has a style all its own with a bar top dating back to prohibition era, nautical-themed decor covering the walls, and classic arcade games at the back. So why not down a couple Karlovacko, one of the Cove’s staple brews, and get a taste of what Hyde Park like from a local perspective?
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Stop Three: Seven Ten Lanes
Time to get turnt up! This hip Hyde Park spot sports a 1920s art deco panache, drawn from its original Lincoln Park location. Students and locals alike are drawn to this bar’s retro feel, with its vintage furniture and classic light fixtures. This is the perfect spot to mark the middle of the night, with a wide variety of beers to choose from, a classic pub food menu, pool tables and, of course, bowling lanes! You may just want to spend some extra time here and dig the vibes.
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Stop Four: The University of Chicago Pub
If you’re looking for a little more class and privacy, then check out this semi-private bar in the basement of U of C’s Ida Noyes Hall. This bar actually has a membership opportunity ($10 annually) with a $5 cover for non-members (that’s you). But the cover is worthwhile as they have over 100 beers to choose from, including those from local breweries such as Three Floyds and Goose Island, not to mention a full food menu. If you’re not about the students, then this spot may seem overwhelming, but hey, the pool tables and shuffleboard are FREE.
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Stop Five: The Falcon Inn
Now it’s getting late, and the Falcon Inn is the perfect place to finish out the night! This 3am bar, self-described as the “diviest Honky Tonk in Hyde Park,” has your basic cheap beer, pinball, and music that’s way too loud. If you’re craving a midnight meal, check out Cholie’s Pizza next door and bring your enormous slice back to the bar. Expect this place to be hopping, even on a Sunday, cause everyone knows this is the place to end up.
Hyde Park has everything you need for a classic night out in Chicago. So expect to down a few Old Styles, play a few games of pool or darts in a well-worn haunt and hop around from place to place with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker.