Whether you’re a regular bar-hopper or one who only patronizes sports bars in Chicago during Bears season, you might agree that Chicago has some of the best sports watering holes in the U.S.
Check out this Chicago Bears Bar Guide from Chicago resident and Bears fan Michael Schlereth and find which Chicago bars are perfect for a Sunday afternoon game.
Gino's East Sports Bar (521 S. Dearborn St. 312-939-1818) - This is definitely not a conventional place to hang out post-game. Gino’s East Sports Bar is a pizzeria chain that also offers a decent craft brew lineup. You can get local beers like Flossmoor Station, 5 Rabbit and Metropolitan. If you happen to pop by Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays, ask for their famous Revolution Brewery drafts that cost a mere $4. The bar has also been revamped and it’s now better equipped to accommodate its growing nightly crowd especially during football season. (Also check out: Best Spots for French Toast in Chicago)
Cactus Bar & Grill (404 S. Wells St. 312-922-3830) - The best things in life are free, at least that’s what the crew at the Cactus Bar & Grill think who would willingly give patrons a ride via their free shuttle busses on home Bears game days. If you want a ride, you have 90 minutes to be at the bar before the game starts. Afterwards, you can catch the same (free) bus back to the bar to celebrate a win, hopefully. How’s that for convenience? Good deals are also found at the Cactus Bar & Grill - enjoy $5 appetizers and wash it down with $5 bloody marys after 5 p.m.
Bull & Bear (431 N. Wells St. 312-527-5973) - Apart from good company and great drinks, you’ll get the chance to win tickets for your favorite Bears game at the Bull & Bear Bar. This well-known sports hub is also a celebrity magnet with many a Bears fan spotting their sports heroes here from time to time. Specials include 22-ounce drafts of Stella Artois, Bud Light, Hoegaarden and Goose Island 312 or Green Line available for a mere $5. If you prefer cocktails, there is a good variety, and as usual you only pay $5.
Jimmy Green's (825 S. State St. 312-386-9000) - Who says bars don’t serve good food? Fans of Jimmy Green’s Bar beg to differ - walk inside this friendly bar and you might spot more game day brunchers here than most other places. For only $7.95, you get to choose from Jimmy Green's brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jimmy Green’s serves one of the best breakfast burritos, as well as a hearty dish of sausage, eggs and peppers. Most notable are their jumbo bloody marys that are garnished with their famous skewer consisting of pepperoncini, salami, pickles, celery and green olives - all for $7. (Also check out: Best Bars in Chicago for Celebrating Christmas)
Mahoney's (551 N. Ogden Ave. 312-733-2121) - Rooting for your favorite team can make you hungry, and where better to satisfy your cravings than at Mahoney’s $11.95’s all-you-can-eat buffet? Instead of a salad bar, you get a do-it-yourself bloody mary bar where you can concoct your own for only $4. Mimosas are only $1 each while their $5 bombs and cocktails are to die for. A crowd favorite is grabbing a shot of Jameson for $4 a pop.
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