Pub Crawl with Chicago Trolley: River North

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May 31, 2017

After a day of shopping and sightseeing along Michigan Avenue, you may find yourself asking what the best places are to grab a drink in this part of Chicago. A trendy area close to your favorite tourist attractions, the River North neighborhood is ideal for a fantastic night on the town. No need to walk – Chicago Trolley & Double Decker is there to escort you every stop along the way.

Stop One: Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker is one of River North’s newer cocktail bars, located inside the Freehand Hotel. Described by some as “tropical meets midwest,” the bar is modeled in part after the acclaimed Miami hotspot that shares its namesake. Try one of their eclectic takes on your favorite bar standards, such as the Oatmeal Old Fashioned, or try one of their delightful appetizers. May we recommend the “naanchos?”

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Stop Two: SPiN

Take a break from the typical bar scene at SPiN, Chicago’s latest combination bar and table tennis club owned by the one and only Susan Sarandon. With an interesting mix of cushy seating areas and ping pong tables, SPiN is a great place to let loose your competitive side.

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[Image: wearespin via Instagram]

Stop Three: Fado

With such a large Irish community in Chicago, a stop at an Irish pub is essential. Fado, on the corner of Grand and Clark, prides themselves on the authenticity of their food, drinks and décor. The perfect balance of classy and cozy, you won’t want to miss out on sipping a well-crafted Guinness stout at Fado.

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[Image: Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant via Facebook]


Stop Four: Rossi’s Liquors

Plastered in advertisements for cheap beer, Rossi’s is the quintessential dive bar destination and a well-deserved break from River North’s high-end destinations. Featuring a vast selection of canned and bottled beverages as well as a few on tap, Rossi’s is the perfect place for bikers, business men, and everyone in between to unwind.

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[Image: Rossi’s Liquors via Facebook]


Final Stop: Redhead Piano Bar

A Chicago classic, the Redhead Piano bar is a wee-hour destination with a with a sophisticated vibe. The Redhead features a different pianist every night performing music from a variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock and more. One thing to be aware of: a classy place requires classy attire. Don’t be surprised if the maitre’d wearing a tuxedo turns you away for sporting tennis shoes and a t-shirt.

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[Image: The Redhead Piano Bar via Facebook]


Regardless of where you go, you’re bound to have a great time in River North. Make your night on the town even more memorable with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. and book your ride today. Let’s explore Chicago!