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Wrigleyville is home to Chicago's famous Wrigley Field which is the home of the Chicago Cubs. As the baseball season is finally starting up again after a longer than usual break due to the current pandemic situation, Wrigleyville is seeing more visitors than ever.
There is much more than the ball games that bring people to Wrigleyville. Of course, the baseball games are a huge crowd puller but the bar scene is also just as active as anywhere else in Chicago. Since Wrigleyville is somewhat cheaper to live than downtown Chicago, there are many more of the younger crowd around the area and due to that the bar scene is sometimes closer to what you would find near a college campus and can get very rowdy.
With all that being said, it can still be intimidating to find the right bar to visit amongst the dozens of bars around the area. Here are five of the most popular bars around Wrigleyville.
Sluggers is almost synonymous with Cubs games and Wrigleyville at this point. The main attraction at Sluggers is their second floor where they actually have a batting cage literally right inside of the bar floor. That might sound like a catastrophe waiting to happen for most, but it ends up being a stroke of genius and combines the fun of downing some beers with the enjoyment of smashing some baseballs out of the park.
Sluggers can be found located at 3540 N Clark.
2. Cubby Bear
As the name suggests, this is the bar is Wrigleyville that was built and operated primarily in the spirit of supporting the Chicago Cubs. Located right next to Wrigley Field, this bar is often times the first bar anyone goes to after a Cubs game. When visiting anytime around a Cubs game, prepare to push through many crowds to make it inside of Cubby Bear.
Cubby Bear can be found located at 1059 W Addison.
3. Murphy's Bleachers
Murphy's Bleachers is actually one of the bars with the most history in all of Wrigleyville and has been standing as one of the longest running bars around. This bar is the home to true lovers of baseball history and while many of the bars found around Wrigleyville are a cesspool of the younger crowd, Murphy's Bleachers leaves some room for the older folk as well.
Murphy's Bleachers can be found at 3655 N Sheffield.
If being in the middle of a huge crowd of Cubs fans or if the other Wrigleyville bars reminds a little too much of those college town bars, then Guthrie's may be a refreshing choice. This bar has quite a different atmosphere than the rest of the bars that can be found around Wrigleyville but is just as popular of a choice as any of the other establishments found around the area. Guthrie's has a specific oldies charm that makes it the bar of choice for many of the locals in Wrigley.
Guthrie's can be found located at 1300 W Addison.
5. Nisei Lounge
Nisei Lounge is a legendary bar for its own reasons. This bar is known lovingly around the area as the quintessential dive bar. If there is any inclination to visit a dive bar in Wrigleyville, then it must be Nisei Lounge. If any other dive bar is mentioned to locals they will simply scoff and know it will not be as great as Nisei Lounge. This bar has a energetic atmosphere and is complete with a wide selection of billiards, darts, and a great selection of songs on their jukebox.
Nisei Lounge can be found located at 3439 N Sheffield.