Bars in the Loop

When hard-working business-types leave their offices, they don't head home, they head to one of these bars in the Loop, Chicago's bustling downtown area. Tourists visiting nearby Grant Park and Michigan Avenue also flock to Loop bars after a long day of sight-seeing. Whether you're looking for a swanky rooftop perch or casual beer, these five bars in the Loop will get your evening (or afternoon) off to the right start. (Photo: Sweetwater Tavern and Grill)

Updated: July 01, 2010

Loop Bars in Chicago


201 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601

Planted on top of The Wit Hotel, this rooftop bar gets packed during summer--especially right before sunset, when beams of sunlight bounce off neighboring buildings and create an extraordinary prism-like light show.


1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610

When a beer just won't cut it, one of the Catus' signature margaritas--coupled with an order of spicy hot wings--will take the edge off.

Poag Mahone's

175 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

An old-style Chicago salon and ale house, Poag Mahone's brings in a casual after-work crowd for a beer--or whiskey, if you need need something a little bit stronger.

The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

This classy Irish pub is the perfect place to head when in need of a dark pint and some bar bites.

Sweetwater Tavern And Grille

225 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

When the weather is hot, Chicagoans head to Sweetwater for a cool drink. The tavern boasts more than 70 craft brewed beers and a patio for those perfect summer nights.