Lakeview’s northern-most border, Irving Park Road, is dotted with neighborhood taverns stretching from east to west. This itinerary makes the most of the hangouts clustered around the Brown Line station.
Start at The Long Room (1612 W. Irving Park Road 773-665-4500) for a pint of craft beer or a strong manhattan mixed up by a friendly barkeep. The super-long wood-trimmed bar is punctuated by cozy booths in the back, plus a tucked-away patio for summer sipping.
Katerina’s (1920 W. Irving Park Road 773-348-7592) is the place for live music, with nightly gigs ranging from jazz to blues to Latin.
In the early morning hours when most bars are shuttered, The Globe (1934 W. Irving Park Road 773-871-3757) is a magnet for European soccer (or football, as they say) fans watching games broadcast from across-the-ocean time zones with Irish coffee in hand.
At night, it’s a homey place for a pint or three. Cross the street to Blue Stem Martini Lounge 935 W. Irving Park Road), where neon-green appletinis are eschewed in favor of truly fruit-flavored martinis ranging from plum to pear.
End the night at lovable neighborhood dive Goldie’s ( 5 ) (3839 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-404-5322), where PBR will set you back just $1 any night of the week.
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