Here at The Infatuation, we're all about helping you find restaurants for the right situation. And guys night out is a situation that's not talked about enough. There's no reason girls should have all the fun, and we know you're also trying to eat well when you hit the town with your best friends.
So what does a guys night look like in terms of dinner? It usually means keeping things casual and fun, ensuring drinks are involved, possibly watching sports, and eating not very healthy food. At least that's what we want for the occasion. These are your restaurants for a guys night.
Ever sitting around watching Braveheart, Gladiator, or Game of Thrones, thinking man, wish we could experience what those dining halls used to be like with giant tables, beer goblets, and endless food? Bad news: you'll never experience it. Good news: death by sword seems painful. Relevant news: The Publican is basically the 2016 version of a European beer hall that pays homage to those dinners. Sit with a few people at the large U-shaped communal table, have some drinks, and go hard on a lot of meat and fish.
There are times in life for a trendy restaurant, and then there are times for Pequod's. There will be no debating here over who has the best deep dish, just the internal debate of whether or not you should go for the knockout third slice of pepperoni. Do it. You won't regret it.
Deep down, what most guys want is a lot of beer available on tap and above average bar food. And Hopleaf goes above and beyond those qualifications with more beer on tap than you'll know what to do with and food that's way better than any other bar. If that doesn't make you happy, we're not sure what will.
Girl & the Goat
Theo Epstein once got so drunk at Girl & The Goat with his friends that he climbed up the goat statue inside the restaurant and cut his right shoulder. We wont suggest damaging private property since you didn't rebuild the Cubs, but if Girl & The Goat is a good trendy night out for Theo and his crew, then it's good enough for you too. It's guaranteed great food and a great time.
Know whether the salad fork or the dinner fork should be closest to the plate? Of course not, because that's useless information. And it's particularly useless when you can get a little messy and eat Mexican style seafood at Veneno De Nayarit with your hands. The no frills BYOB spot is all about the Nayarit-style prawns and stuffed lobster that are great for sharing. So load up on the light beers and don't be shy about playing with your food.
Wyler Road is the lovechild of your favorite sandwich shop and your favorite local bar. It's on a quiet street in Logan Square surrounded by residential houses, which makes it a great place to sit and hang. But they also serve excellent sandwiches like a ribeye with onion rings and chimichurri or a sloppy joe with barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese. Get some cheese curds and fried potato balls to share and you'll be good to go.
You know what guys are terrible at? Making plans, particularly dinner plans. But no need for that at Green Street, the Texas style barbecue spot in a West Loop warehouse. Roll in whenever you want, wait in line for your food, and grab an open picnic bench where you can hang, eat, and drink for a while. We suggest making sure there's some brisket on your table, but you can't really go wrong with the food.
If you're trying to do your best Goodfella's impression with a lot of pasta and wine in a familial environment, skip the trendy spots in River North and the West Loop and head to Topo Gigio instead. It's an old-school favorite in Old Town, which means you can stumble into the closest bar when dinner is done.
Pizza and beer sounds good, but you also want to hit the bars after. That means deep dish is out of the question because you'll be asleep at the table before making it anywhere else. Head to Piece instead, where you can pace yourself with thin-crust New Haven style pies and there are plenty of Wicker Park bars nearby.
Maybe it's Cody's birthday, or Cory is visiting from New York, or Coby just convinced the boys you need a big and trendy night out. Whatever the reason, Duck Duck Goat is a great spot for familiar Chinese dishes with an interesting twist. The place is always kind of a party, and you're ready to party, so what better way to start the night.
We're men. That means a few things - we make our own beef jerky and go on riverboat gambling trips. Except for we don't really want to make our own beef jerky, so it's a good thing Forbidden Root is making both their own beef jerky and their own beers. Saddle up at the bar or grab a bigger table, try a few homemade beers, and snack on some beef jerky before eating an excellent burger.
Quartino is also featured on our girls' night out guide, and it's making an appearance here too. This small plates Italian spot is built for any big group, thanks to a large casual space, raucous atmosphere, and plenty of pasta and pizza on the menu that anyone can get behind.
You’ve watched Moonshiners on the Discovery Channel and thought about how cool it would be to make your own whiskey or beer. But your one bedroom apartment isn’t as expansive as the backwoods of West Virginia, so building a large copper pot may be a stretch. Take the simple route and head to Little Bad Wolf near Andersonville, where there's an extensive whisky and beer list coupled with great tacos, burgers, and baos.
Don’t get cute with it. Hit Melnick’s for a sh*t ton of wings, nachos, and plenty of TVs to watch whatever game you’re trying to catch. And get that extra order of firecracker wings - you deserve it.
Steak dinners are great. But let's say you don't want to spend $150 on dinner this week, and you're definitely too lazy to barbecue at someone's house. The answer to your problems is Tango Sur. The Argentinian steakhouse near Wrigley delivers mass quantities of tasty red meat at affordable price points, in large part because it's BYOB. You'll walk out wondering how you got so tipsy and full for no more than $60 max.
Tacos are great, and brewpubs are pretty cool too. So a taco-brewpub combo? That's got guys night out written all over it, especially when you can pop in without a reservation. Cruz Blanca is a casual spot in the West Loop where you can order taco plates at the counter for around $15 and take your food upstairs to what's basically a great bar. And any bar serving really good tacos and homemade beer is a good place for guys night out.
Kimski is a Bridgeport bar and restaurant serving Polish-Korean bar food. That means a great beer list and indulgent eats like kimchi poutine, sweet and spicy wings, and potskis, which are pierogi and potsticker combos. It's also basically two bars in one, because Kimski is attached to Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar. There's no reason to go outside, unless you're sitting on the patio out back.