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Best Lincoln Avenue bars

In a sea of college sports bars, these hangouts stand apart from the pack

By RedEye staff

May 18, 2012

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If you’re out to explore Lincoln Park after dark, look no further than the diagonal thoroughfare of Lincoln Avenue. Though Irish pubs and sports bars with college flags proudly displayed make up the majority, here are five hangouts that stand apart from the pack.

The Barrelhouse Flat
2624 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-857-0421
Lincoln Park scored a linchpin in the local craft cocktail movement when this swanky, two-story lounge opened. There’s a seemingly endless menu of classic cocktails, a few hearty snack options and free billiards upstairs.

Barn & Company

950 W. Wrightwood Ave. 773-832-4000
Just a few steps around the corner from Lincoln Avenue, you’ll find this barbecue bar with a massive
patio. It bills itself as a smokehouse and public hall, so expect a big change in atmosphere after the dinner crowd moves out.

Delilah’s

2771 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-472-2771
With a dark, punk-rock vibe and a serious focus on whiskey, Delilah’s sets itself far apart from its sports bar neighbors. On a budget? Keep an eye out for daily specials, with bottled beer and pours of whiskey typically going for just a few bucks.

Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap
1970 N. Lincoln Ave. 312-642-0007
Nurse your hangover or prepare for a boozy game day ahead with this all-you-can-eat weekend brunch.
Mix and match spicy sauces to doctor your own bloody mary and chow down on fried chicken, biscuits, mac ‘n’ cheese, omelets and waffles.

Maxbar
2247 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-549-5884
Few Lincoln Park bars hold a coveted late-night license and even fewer boast a club atmosphere. Maxbar stands apart with both, featuring nightly Djs (they’re open Thursday through Saturday) to keep
the party going.