Andersonville Bars and Clubs

Historically a quiet, sleepy neighborhood of Swedish immigrants, Andersonville is now a bustling north side haunt with a bar and club scene that matches the thriving population of families and a large gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. This diverse mix coexists in harmony amid longtime bakeries and delicatessens, along with cultural institutions. As for the nightlife, it's become legendary. See why. (Photo: Hopleaf)

Updated: July 26, 2010

Andersonville Bars


Simon's Tavern

5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

This longtime neighborhood watering hole features an original wood bar dating back to the 1930s. The bulletproof booth where its former owner--a Prohibition-era bootlegger--cashed patrons? paychecks still stands. Not surprisingly, a speakeasy vibe pervades, and low-key patrons kick back appropriately over brews and congenial chitchat.


In Fine Spirits

5420 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Oenophiles who lack pretension frequent this chill cellar, an affordable, friendly stop for fruits of the vine. Whether you settle at the long, comfortable bar or snag a patio seat, the creative small plates and cocktail, wine and beer menus will have you coming back--regularly. Discovery-oriented wine series and tastings further elevate the experience.


Joie De Vine

1744 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Come as you are to this inviting, brick-walled spot to sip vino while jazz, which is kept at a conversational volume, emanates throughout the luminous space. Wine, cheese and truffle flights--and a large selection of by-the-glass pours--complete the pleasant experience.


Hopleaf Bar

5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Calling all beer lovers: This tavern is for you. Around 200 beers, along with a killer selection of hops-friendly nibbles, await. Among the most talked-about is the dish of Wittekerke white ale-steeped mussels, which is studded with shallots, celery and thyme and flavored with aromatic bay leaf.


Andersonville Clubs


Atmosphere Andersonville

5355 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Barely attired go-go boys keep things bumping in lighthearted fashion at this gay and lesbian bar with an elevated area that affords a vantage point to view the shimmying below. A lounge in back exudes another, well, atmosphere entirely, while offering a quieter place to unwind.


Hamburger Mary's

5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Located above Hamburger Mary's, Mary's Attic is a festive hangout that runs a regular roster of cabaret shows and theater productions, which are augmented by ?gong show? karaoke and DJ-spun beats on Fridays. Count on drink specials most days of the week. Though not a formal dance club, Mary's Attic often sees tail feathers shaking.


The Call

1547 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

Beat-seeking partiers hightail it to this happening GLBT club with an expansive dance floor and fun theme nights, from country Tuesdays to video hit Fridays, when the hottest numbers flicker on screens.