PUBLISHED ON 2/19/2014

Source: Thrilllist

CTA Bar Map (1)

CTA Bar Map (1)

Until drinking on the train is legalized (seriously, what is the hold up here???), you’re going to have to continue to do it at, ugh, bars. So why not at least make sure those bars are 1) awesome, and 2) as close to your CTA stop as possible?

To that end, we decided to whip out a copy of the CTA’s map and our bar rolodex to plot out the best & closest bar to every one of the most popular “L” stops (sorry Skokie), and replaced each stop name with the name of said booze-slinger. The only rule: all of the bars had to be under a 10min walk away from their respective stop. You can check out a blown-up version of the CTA bar map here, plus check out deets on every single watering hole below.

*Programming Note: Things get a bit congested in the Loop, so if you find yourself on one of the underground Red or Blue line stops going through Downtown, feel free to mosey to the closest Loop recommendation… several of which will be well within stumbling distance. Good? Good!

Red Line
Howard – Rolland’s
Jarvis – Poitin Stil
Morse – Heartland Cafe
Loyola – Cuneen’s
Granville – Bar 63
Thorndale – Moody’s Pub
Brwyn Mawr – Jerry’s Sandwiches
Berwyn – Lady Gregory’s
Argyle – Hopleaf
Lawrence – Green Mill
Wilson – Bar on Buena
Sheridan – Holiday Club
Addison – Sports Corner
Belmont – Sheffield’s
Fullerton – The Barrelhouse Flat
North/Clybourn – Sully’s House
Clark/Division – Zebra Lounge
Chicago – Streeter’s Tavern
Grand – The Berkshire Room

Harrison – Jimmy Green’s
Roosevelt – The Scout
Cermak/Chinatown – Reggie’s
Sox-35th – Cork & Kerry
Blue Line
Harlem – Tommy’s on Higgins
Jefferson Park – Fischman’s
Montrose – Sidekicks
Irving Park – Independence Tap
Addison – Mirabell
Belmont – Revolution Brewing
Logan Square – The Owl
California – Boiler Room
Western – Gallery Cabaret
Damen – Big Star
Division – Bangers & Lace
Chicago – The Matchbox
Grand – Richard’s Bar

Clinton – Paola’s Vinum
UIC-Halsted – Dugan’s
Racine – Union Park Lounge


Brown Line
Rockwell – Rockwell’s Neighborhood Grill
Western – Huettenbar
Damen – The Rail Bar & Grill
Montrose – Fountainhead
Irving Park – The Globe Pub
Addison – Cork Lounge
Paulina – Four Moon Tavern
Southport – Schuba’s
Wellington – DMK Burger Bar
Diversey – Headquarters
Armitage  – Local Option
Sedgwick – Old Town Ale House
Chicago – Ay Chiwowa
Merchandise Mart – Bull & Bear



The Loop
Clark/Lake – Sidebar Grille
State/Lake – ROOF at the Wit
Randolph/Wabash – Tavern at the Park
Madison/Wabash – The Berghoff
Adams/Wabash – Miller’s Pub
Library – Brando’s Speakeasy
LaSalle/Van Buren – Cactus Bar & Grill
Quincy/Wells – Franklin Tap
Washington/Wells – Stocks & Blondes

Green Line
Ashland – Cobra Lounge
Morgan – Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Clinton – New Line Tavern

Alright, who’d we miss? Leave it in the comments. And just keep in mind: we’re balancing the bar’s greatness and distance from the “L”.

Sean Cooley is Thrillist’s Chicago Editor, and he really hopes you don’t have to battle all the animals you’ve eaten in your life to get into Heaven. Follow him @SeanCooley.


Ryne San Hamel had a website with a similar theme to it. Of course he was disparaged for having done so. But I guess that the repeal of Prohibition has moved drinking center stage in American life. Too bad the South Side Irish Parade was closed for several years because some folks simply could not enjoy things responsibly. But hey, this is America!

The western suburbs have commuter trains that try and discourage drinking following some of the larger events that take place in Chicago. People come home soused and are either obnoxious on the ride home or spend the better part of the trip vomiting. Oh joy! Whatever happened to appreciating the efforts of the brewmaster in a physical state where that is possible?

But hey, let’s have a Ryne San Hamel circuit tour of Chicago and enjoy our right to be inebriated or not. My question still is why be upset with Ryne when the cause of his situation is so apparently encouraged by our culture? And to think a fellow cyclist turned me on to this map. Ironic, yes?