Chicago's Best Beer Gardens: West Loop Edition
We’ve covered Edgewater, Old Town, Logan Square and North Center, but what if you want to take your drinking downtown on a warm summer night? Check out these outdoor drinking locales in the West Loop, some of which include killer skyline views.
Market: Few spots in the West Loop can compete with Market when it comes to al fresco drinking. With a rooftop patio, sidewalk café and beer garden all available, pretty much anyone can find a place to settle in for a sip. Unlike your casual neighborhood joint, this place is all about swank, so be prepared to mingle among the wealthy, the beautiful and maybe even the famous. The rooftop offers great views of the loop, while the beer garden has plenty of flat-screen TVs, either of which is a great backdrop for specialty cocktails and upscale pub grub.
1113 W. Randolph St.; 312-929-4787
Boston Blackie’s: The half-pound burgers are Boston Blackie’s claim to fame, so you’d be wise to order one along with your drinks at this popular post-work hangout. The spacious outdoor patio usually has music piped in to set the appropriate happy hour mood, while servers are at the ready with draft beers and cocktails to quench your thirst. Think about ditching work early to snatch up a free table; they tend to be scarce on weeknights in the summer.
120 S. Riverside Plaza; 312-382-0700
Bottom Lounge: Despite this bar’s name, it actually has a rooftop deck that’s quite lovely on warm summer nights. Catch views of the skyline while sampling from Bottom Lounge’s extensive beer menu featuring the likes of Bell’s, Dogfish Head, Founders and Three Floyds. A menu of tasty appetizers, salads and sandwiches is available as well.
1375 W. Lake St.; 312-666-6775
Union Park Lounge: Conveniently close to the United Center, Union Park is perfect for pre- and post-sporting event and concert partying. A cozy outdoor patio is great for drinking in the fresh air, especially when taking advantage of one of their daily drinking and dining specials. Speaking of food, the kitchen stays open late on both weekdays and weeknights, so it’s great for late-night cravings.
228 S. Racine Ave.; 312-243-9002
Moretti’s Ristorante and Pizzeria: Enjoy the simple-yet-satisfying combination of pizza and beer at Moretti’s. The patio isn’t just for lounging around (though that’s totally acceptable) – diners can play bags or beach volleyball in between sips. As another popular post-work hangout, expect crowds on weeknights.
1645 W. Jackson Blvd.; 312-850-0208