Old Town Bars

When Chicagoans want a night out on the town, they head to Old Town, where the bar scene is vibrant and the crowd is young and ready to party. Check out some of these Old Town bars and pop in next time you're in the mood for a cocktail. (Photo: Wells on Wells)

Updated: August 02, 2010

Old Town Bars


Old Town Social

455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610

Partygoers come dressed to impress at this sceney Old Town hot spot. A young crowd with tight clothes who aren't afraid to down stiff drink after stiff drink dominates the 10,000-square-foot former warehouse that's both a bar and a restaurant.


Stanley's On Lincoln

1970 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Head to Stanley's for a casual night out with loud music and an entertaining crowd of young professionals and a few seedy older men. If you stay late enough, you'll enjoy the ultimate late-night perk: Carts of steaming hot, buttery mashed potatoes are wheeled out--and it's free.


Suite Lounge

1446 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

This gem is hidden down a narrow staircase in a basement right off Wells Street. Although hard to find, the low-key night spot is a great alternative when the other popular bars on Wells are packed to the max. At Suite Lounge, you can always get a cocktail.


O'briens Restaurant & Bar

1528 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

The outdoor beer garden is an Old Towner's haven come summer, but year-round you'll find this bar and restaurant packed with sports fanatics and day drinkers. When drinking has created an insatiable appetite, head to the dining room and get yourself a juicy steak. Oh, the sheer convenience of it all.


Wells On Wells

1617 North Wells, Chicago, IL 60614

When it's game time (no matter what game is on) Wells on Wells will be packed with eager sports fans and the ladies who love them. This small-ish down-home bar is nothing fancy, but location is key, and the hidden patio space in back is clutch during breezy summer evenings.