The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to kick off your Thanksgiving break than a night on the town with your compadres, catching up, reminiscing, and musing about the future. Based on anonymized trip data, these are the top 10 bar destinations for Uber riders over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016. If you’re looking for somewhere to commence your holiday cavorting, look no further as we divulge Chicago’s favorite spots for meeting up.
Chicago bars to visit on Thanksgiving Eve
If you’re looking for a wild trip on top of a festive place to hole up and be merry, Butch McGuire’s is your man. Bejeweled with ornaments collected since 1961, this spacious grotto drips with tens of thousands of sparkling Christmas lights that cast a cozy, feel-good vibe over everything. The great food and delicious drinks are just the angel on the tree.
When: Mon – Fri, 11am – 4am; Sat, 8am – 5am; Sun, 10am – 4am
Where: 20 W Division St
This rollicking sports bar is a happening place to grab a bite and reminisce with old friends. Start your day with a Benchmark brunch, featuring a doughnut vault, omelet station, waffle bar, and seafood tower. Wash it all down at the bloody Mary bar, where you can choose your outlandish garnish. (We vote for the olive-cheese-meat skewer.)
When: Mon – Thu, 5pm – 2am; Fri, 12pm – 2am; Sat, 10am – 3am; Sun, 10am – 2am
Where: 1510 N Wells St
All are welcome at Sidetrack, an eclectic, multi-level gay club that spans eight storefronts and features multiple distinct spots for revelers to congregate. There’s always something fun going on here, whether it’s bring-your-dog-to-Sidetrack day or a mind-bending dance party that runs late into the night. With a capacity of 1,000 souls and a reputation for wild ‘n’ crazy good times, Sidetrack embodies Chicago’s nightlife.
When: Mon – Fri, 3pm – 2am; Sat, 1pm – 3am; Sun, 1pm – 2am
Where: 3349 N Halsted
This mammoth, 51,000 square-foot New Orleans-themed compound is a toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ entertainment mecca for people looking for some Louisiana-style fun. The venue features a huge beer garden, live music, authentic Cajun eats, and plenty of spaces to relax with your friends—and maybe even meet some new ones.
When: Sun – Wed, 11am – 2am; Thu – Sat, 11am – 3pm
Where: 3359 W 115th St, Merrionette Park
Fatpour Tap Works is thusly named because of their famed 22-ounce pours that can keep you occupied for the better part of an hour. With over 200 beers to choose from, it might take you that long just to pick one. A generous pub-fare menu keeps you in the eats so the beer doesn’t get the best of you.
When: Mon – Thu, 5pm –2am; Fri, 2pm – 2am; Sat, 11am – 3am; Sun, 11am – 2am
Where: 2005 Division St
For 35 years, Metro has kept Chicago’s underground music crowd moving and grooving to the best in the business. This intimate venue has a beautiful stage surrounded with ornate molding—an elegant touch that will befit the beautiful and talented Jamila Woods, who will be appearing at the club on Thanksgiving Eve.
When: Hours vary
Where: 3730 N Clark St
7. Big Star
Get your fill of tacos and whiskey at Big Star, a spacious honky tonk housed in a defunct 1940s gas station. Featuring a country and roots-inspired soundtrack curated by the staff, Big Star serves up a clever roster of mouthwatering tacos that smack of authentic Mexican street fare.
When: Mon – Fri 11:30am – 2am; Sat, 11:30am – 3am; Sun, 11:30am – 2am
Where: 1531 N Damen Ave
This pub-slash-club serves up delicious gourmet burgers and $4 pints of the Beer of the Month. Daily cocktail specials keep more money in your pocket, and live entertainment most nights gets those toes a’tappin’ and limbs a’movin’. Thanksgiving Eve, celebrate good friends to the tunes of the greatest boy bands of all time at the Boy Band Review.
When: Sun – Thu, 11am – 3am; Fir – Sat, 11am – 4am
Where: 180 N Smith St, Palatine
Gaming enthusiasts unite at Headquarters Beercade, offering 14,000 square feet of pure entertainment, along with a dizzying selection drinks and food to keep you energized. The vintage arcade features old-school favorites like Donkey Kong and Asteroids, and the pinball gallery challenges you to beat the high score on Ghostbusters, KISS, and TRON, among others.
When: Mon – Thu, 5pm – 2am; Fri, 3pm – 2am; Sat, 11am – 3am; Sun, 11am – 2am
Where: 213 West Institute Place
10. Bub City
Start your celebration a day early at live-band Karaoke Tuesday at Bub City, Chicago’s premier BBQ joint and entertainment venue. Make it a double header, and come back Thanksgiving Eve for a live band covering your favorite new and old country music hits.
When: Mon – Fri, 11am – 2am; Sat, 10am – 3am; Sun, 10am – 12am
Where: 435 N Clark St
Don’t miss out on Chicago’s Thanksgiving Eve festivities. Catch up with some old faces and meet some new ones out and about this November.