Chicago >Arts & Entertainment > Nick's
1516 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062241.908989 -87.675504
Neighborhoods: West Side, Wicker Park
Low class crowd at a low class bar – If you could handpick the most alcoholic, least likely to hook up people from every different type of
bar and bring them together in a dingy bar, you would get the Nick's clientele. Actually, that's pretty much how people wind up at Nicky's Nicks.
The jukebox is not "good"; the aforementioned people tend to run a Yeah!/In Da Club train on it, hoping to start a dance floor where they can strike out some more. The above reviews shows how silly the people are at Nicky Nick's. Who the says "the juke is good"? It's a jukebox. It plays whatever you pay for. The beer is not cheap. I think it's telling that the bar looks dingy, even from the promotional photos on its own website. And it's one of the only bars in Chicago that still allows smoking.
If you're looking for a grungy neighborhood bar scene, Nick's isn't bad, especially during normal bar hours. After most nearby bars close, however, you get a funneling effect of the drunken partiers who aren't ready to call it a night, and Nick's becomes nightmarish.
Great Chicago neighborhood spot! Good beer line-up and nice cocktails. Wonderful pro bar staff. Go in and exchange travel stories with veteran bartender/world traveler Thor on Sundays and Mondays! Open until 4am. Pool table, pinball, and a great urban beer garden. Weekends are packed with party people. Weeknights have a cool laidback funky attitude. Located in the ecclectic artsy Wicker Park neighborhood. Tons of shops, cafés, restaurants and nightlife nearby. See you there!
Beer and blues define this Milwaukee Avenue joint. – The Scene
In 1993, Nick's moved to its present location in Wicker Park. A long space, it features at front a polished-wood bar down one side, tables and chairs along the other; a pool table and walls awash in colorful murals give the back area a more neighborhood feel. At the very back, French doors set off a room of tables and chairs open during busy times. A steady stream of regulars flow through this place during the week for various specials and a great jukebox (100 CDs from which to choose).
The bar serves nine beers on tap (including Guinness, Harp and Bass) and 16 in bottles. There's never a cover charge--not even on Saturday nights when Nick's features live blues and R&B at the very front of the bar.
I love Nick's Johnson – I like Nick's. The juke is good, they have big cans of Foster's, and it's not she-she like so many other Wicker Park bars. It's just a BAR. I wish I could live there.
What else could you want? – Nick's is a great neighborhood hang out. Excellent pool tables, good crowd. Very comfortable place to hang out. Every neighborhood needs a Nick's
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