Chicago >Bars & Clubs > The Sofo Tap
4923 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6064041.972477 -87.667825
Neighborhoods: Uptown, Far North Side
Fun, friendly bar – This is a very nice place to chill. Both the staff and the patrons are friendly. The patio is great. I don't understand the last reviewers reference to the volume of the music. It was unobtrusive whenever I was there. A great place.
A place without a purpose, especially in winter – First for the only good point: their patio area is nice, so a pleasant experience is possible in summer. But if you can't sit outside, avoid Sofo. Inside the bar the music is so loud, it's literally painful. Even at 7 p.m., when there's hardly anyone there, the speakers (which are tinny pieces of garbage) will be blaring. For a little, neighborhood bar, this is jarring and obnoxious. Who wants to hear Journey at 150 decibels? It's easy enough to blame it on their dim-witted bartenders, one of whom doesn't even speak English, but management should be setting the proper tone.
Their price for bottled beer is reasonable, but avoid mixed drinks. A well vodka and tonic is twice the price of an MGD.
The clientele is predominantly gay and middle-aged.
Cheerful decor and a gem of a beer garden score with a diverse, local crowd. – In Short
Owners insist despite the previous tenant's mostly GLBT crowd, this casual neighborhood bar welcomes all. Walls are painted a jarring red, wood surfaces are blond and unfinished and large prints are all in primary colors. The effect is chipper. Several flat TVs screen everything from sports to movies--ask and you shall receive. The patio area features abundant seating and an outdoor bar crafted from an old garage. A few specialty cocktails complement the full bar.
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