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The Best Places To Day Drink In Chicago

Everybody knows that day drinking is the best kind of drinking, mainly because it’s less possible you'll be hungover the next day. When you eat a bunch of pizza or an Italian beef at 9pm and go to sleep, you're golden. It’s one of those important lessons you learn as you get old and wise.

You already have our Summer Guide for all your outdoor drinking needs, but here are 25 more places that are great for day drinking, both indoor and outdoor, all over the city. Have fun out there.

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Parlor Pizza

West Loop
108 N Green St

Parlor Pizza is a party all weekend long, so round up your friends and get in on the action. Daytime is the best time to be at Parlor, and the pizza is already there for you to eat.

Photo: Neil Burger

Resi's Bierstube

2034 W Irving Park Rd

Resi's is a classic German tavern in North Center that's been around since 1973. That means you should be drinking weiss beers here, and it's acceptable to have as many as you'd like. Grab a bratwurst to go with it.



15 W Illinois St

Fremont is pretty much begging you to day drink. On top of the Vegas vibes and a second floor with a retractable roof, there's a $35 brunch buffet that includes brisket, an omelette bar, a waffle bar, a seafood tower, and doughnut vault donuts for good measure. Add in a champagne package for $15 and hi we're here to party.


Little Bad Wolf

1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave

A great beer selection, a great taco selection, a great bao selection, and some good looking burgers is the draw to Little Bad Wolf in Andersonville. Steamed asian buns and IPA's will keep you chugging all day long.


Happy Village

1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Walking into Happy Village feels like you're breaking into someone's house. Nope, that's just Happy Village. There's a ping pong space inside that gets real serious at times, plus their backyard is like sitting at a friends house. You won't be breaking and entering, but it still feels more like a house than a bar.



1510 N Wells St

Not many places are good for day drinking all year round, but Benchmark is. In the fall and winter you can hunker down with plenty of space and TV's to watch sports, and the open-air space and retractable roof make it great for hanging in the summer. Spring is a myth you learned about as a kid.


Chief O'Neill's is an Irish bar with the best of both worlds. It's got that classic Irish bar feel inside if you want to post up and not see the light of day, but there's also a really nice garden area for outdoor seating.


Big Star

Wicker Park
1531 N Damen Ave

Day drinking. Big Star. America. F*ck ya.


Jack & Ginger's

2048 W. Armitage Ave.

Jack and Ginger’s is your average neighborhood sports bar with a not so average patio to go with it. Even if you hate sports, you won't mind watching something with a drink in your hand on Jack & Ginger's patio.


If you need us to remind you Sheffield's is a great place for day drinking, you either just moved here or don't like social settings. Don't plan a day drinking session at Sheffield's, it's the kind of thing that just happens.


Kaiser Tiger

1415 W Randolph St

We're pretty sure Kaiser Tiger has the largest patio in the city, and we're positive that "sausage, bacon & beer" is painted on the side of the building. If that doesn't sound like a day drinking extravaganza then we don't know what does.



1983 N Clybourn Ave

The only reasons we ever go to Zella's are for day drinking and Halloween parties. You may or may not feel too old for their Halloween party, but you can still go for the day drinking.



Lincoln Park
938 W. Webster Ave.

Pizza, beer, funky lights, and cool signs is why everybody in Lincoln Park wants to spend the day at Homeslice. Will it be crowded on a nice day? Yes. Will you regret going early to claim some space? Not at all.


Joe's Bar

940 W Weed St

Do you like sports, beer, big crowds, and live country music? Well then, Joe's on Weed St. is the place for you. It's like one big college party, but more fun because you can bet on horses. Good luck to all you degenerate gamblers out there.


You can't talk about daytime drinking without Parson's, and you can't talk about Parson's without Negroni slushies. Add it all up and you should already be making plans to hit it soon.



1970 W Montrose Ave

The food at Fountainhead won't exactly impress you, but the casual rooftop and beer list will. And those are the things that make it ideal for some daytime hangs.


Happy Camper

Old Town
1209 N Wells St

Happy Camper is the twin sibling to Homeslice. Both are all about pizza and beer in a casual setting, and both attract similar crowds in Lincoln Park and Old Town.



5148 N Clark St

When a place has as many beers on tap as Hopleaf, any time of day is a good time to be drinking there.


Old Crow Smokehouse

3506 N Clark St

There are a lot of places in Wrigleyville specifically associated with drinking and baseball, but you can check our Wrigleyville guide for that. Old Crow Smokehouse is a great place to day drink whether baseball is involved or not, and whether it's nice out or not. Chalk that up to a lot of space, solid bbq, and a retractable rooftop.



Wicker Park
2311 W. North Ave.

Vegetarians are people too, so we know they like to day drink. Hit up Handlebar if you want some excellent vegetarian food and drinks. The fried avocado taco is delicious, plus there are some really good non-vegetarian fish items on the menu too.


Simone's Bar

960 W 18th St

Simone's is a great all-around place to kick it in Pilsen. It's a really cool space with a bar built from a bowling alley lane and booths made of pinball machines. There's also a small side patio, so a day at Simone's is a day well spent.


Kirkwood Bar & Grill

2934 N Sheffield Ave

Unless you're a Hoosier fan, you might want to avoid Kirkwood's if there's an Indiana basketball game on a Saturday afternoon. But any other time works well, particularly football season because nobody is watching Indiana play anyway. The indoor-outdoor combo at Kirkwood's is ideal for day drinking, and their tasty chicken wings and cheeseburger mini's with merkt's cheddar don't hurt either.


Sportsman's Club

948 Western Ave

The motto at Sportman's Club is "drinking & gathering." What more do you need to know?


Twisted Spoke

501 N Ogden Ave

We don't normally find ourselves in biker bars, but Twisted Spoke is the exception. That said, it's mostly a biker bar in design and not exactly the scene of any Sons of Anarchy dealings. They have an excellent beer and whiskey selection, plus a solid rooftop patio to go along with it.

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