Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Near North & Navy Pier

Watershed

This cozy basement bar has a speakeasy-meets-ski-lodge vibe. All of the beer and spirits hail from the Great Lakes region (hence the name) and staff procure several hard-to-find gems. Watershed sits beneath Pop's fo…
Cocktail Bar in Near North & Navy Pier

Arbella

Named for a 17th-century ship full of wine-guzzling passengers, Arbella is an adventuresome cocktail bar. Booze from around the globe makes its way into the drinks, from rye to rum, pisco to mezcal. Park yourself at…
Bar in Near North & Navy Pier

Clark Street Ale House

Do as the retro sign advises and 'Stop & Drink.' Midwestern microbrews are the main draw. Work up a thirst on the free pretzels, order a three-beer sampler for $7 and cool off in the beer garden out back.
Bar in Near North & Navy Pier

Henry's

Many bars in this neighborhood are annoyingly trendy and uppity. Henry's is refreshing because it's the opposite: welcoming, laid-back and relatively cheap. Hang out on one of the couches, play pool or cards, and sw…
Club in Near North & Navy Pier

Sound-Bar

This enormous nightspot rises above the city’s other megaclubs by way of big-name touring trance and house DJs, as well as a sturdy lineup of resident DJs. There’s an amazing sound system and a dramatic setting of f…
Pub in Near North & Navy Pier

Brehon Pub

This Irish stalwart is a fine example of the corner saloons that once dotted the city. The ample selection of reasonably priced draft beer is served to neighborhood crowds perched on the high stools. Damn good tater…
Coffee in Near North & Navy Pier

Dollop

Modern, sunny coffee-slinger Dollop fires up a mean espresso among its caffeinated arsenal. Local baked treats such as Hoosier Mama pies provide the sugar. Dollop has groovy branches all over the city.
Bar in Near North & Navy Pier

Harry Caray's Tavern

Order a brewski at this bar named after the Cubs' famed announcer and then sip while perusing the photos and memorabilia of local sports heroes that are strewn throughout. The tavern is located on Navy Pier, near th…
Bar in Near North & Navy Pier

Beer Garden

If you're dying for an alfresco drink while on Navy Pier, the beer garden pours them. Rock cover bands add to the semi-cheesy vibe.