Top Sports Bars in Uptown
My Buddy's Chicago
If anyone says colorful cocktails and watching the game don't mix, they've never been to My Buddy's! Walk into this bar and you will feel like you are entering a rustic slice of sports heaven with its wood-planked walls adorned with multiple big-screen TVs. And this rustic comfort is just the tip of the iceberg for what this Uptown sports bar has to offer. Flip open a menu and you will find a selection of rave-worthy food like saucy wings, southern taco salad, and the must-try Big Buddy B.L.A.T (A BLT with a six-piece bacon braid, avocado, and Cajun mayo). To top it all off, don't forget to ask your server for the dessert of the day or one of their Signature Iconic Tonics from their drink menu. Fruit lovers won't be able to get enough of their colorful, boozy creations like the rainbow mojito, blackberry hooch, and watermelon sour.
The Uptown Lounge
Just down the street from The Lawrence House is one of the friendliest places on the northside to enjoy a late-night hang and get your drink on. They run drink specials every day of the week and frequently hold special events such as live music and karaoke. No matter what is happening at The Uptown Lounge, though, the atmosphere is buzzing with excitement and positive vibes. While this isn't the place to go if you're looking for a laid-back viewing of the game, it is a go-to for lots of laughs, a memorable experience, and a great time!
Gio's BBQ Bar & Grill
This hotspot hits the trifecta when it comes to sports bars in Uptown—rave-worthy food, a friendly staff, and multiple big-screen TVs to catch that gameday action. However, Gio's BBQ Bar and Grill goes beyond sports with a calendar full of events and specials that will entertain and delight. Stop by on Wednesday to munch on their hot and cheesy $5 nachos while you put your knowledge to the test at Trivia Night. Looking for something to do on the weekend? Get your brunch on with $5 bloody Marys, or head onto the stage Saturday evening to sing your heart out at Karaoke Night. Events and game schedules are posted on their website.
Step inside this retro sports bar and you will be warmly greeted with a cozy atmosphere steeped in 1940's style—perfect for everything from slow afternoons watching football to grabbing some grub during a night on the town. Here you can satisfy your hunger with some classic American food with a unique twist, such as their mouthwatering rendition of The Big Mac. Afterward—if you aren't too stuffed—be sure to head upstairs to challenge friends to a game of shuffleboard, pool, or giant Jenga. Need some fresh air? The Fat Cat's patios are a neighborhood favorite that are open year-round thanks to fireplaces and heaters. So be sure to pull up a seat and enjoy a brew from their impressive beer list that offers over 80 choices, including many from American craft brewers.
Bar on Buena (B.O.B)
This casual and low-key bar is a dream realized by two high school friends. You can see what's cooking in their small kitchen visible to patrons, which always includes food made with fresh ingredients that looks as amazing as it smells. While you won't find your typical fried bar food at the Bar of Buena, they offer a curated selection of burgers, tacos, salads, soups, and starters that you and your tastebuds don't want to miss!
The Globe Pub
Fresh food, walls lined with sports memorabilia, and one of the most expansive beer lists in the city. It's easy to see why people fall in love with The Globe Pub! Their 54-foot bar—one of the longest in Chicago—is one of the best places to enjoy a cold one thanks to their expansive beer list with a wide selection of European and US brews. Beyond beer and liquor, they also offer fresh food made from scratch, including both British fare (fish & chips, anyone?) and classic sports bar favorites like burgers and wings.