Concierges’ Best Bars for Game Day

No matter what colors you’re flying, Chicago has the perfect place to catch the action. Here’s a look at concierges’ top spots for game day.

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

It’s that time again. Every Saturday and Sunday, many of us will be glued to the tube watching our favorite teams battle it out on the football field. No matter what colors you’re flying, Chicago has the perfect place to catch the game day action. Here’s a look at concierges’ top spots for where you can watch, eat, and drink all season long.

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub game day

Timothy O’Toole’s Pub

Bear Down, Downtown

Are you ready for some football? Timothy O’Toole’s Pub has you covered. The subterranean Streeterville sports pub offers a variety of ways to cheer on Chicago’s beloved Bears. This fall, they’re open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m.; 9:30 a.m. on Bears home game days. Chef Corey Grupe’s selections include pretzel French toast, breakfast burrito, rise and shine burger, and more. Get your game on by visiting the bloody Mary bar, mimosa bar, or choosing from 48 brews on tap. Ticket holders heading to Soldier Field can grab a “road soda” and board the pub’s party bus bound for the stadium. The round trip ride is $10 and departs one hour and 15 minutes before the start of the game. No ticket? No problem. O’Toole’s boasts 74 HD screens showing every play made, with sound.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille game day

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

A Sweet Location

Looking for a casual spot to enjoy a burger, catch the game, and relax? Flor Sigaran, concierge at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, recommends Sweetwater Tavern & Grille. Nestled on Michigan Avenue just south of the Chicago River, this 200-seat restaurant has over 20 flat-panel TVs, oversized booth seating, and a large bar with community tables. Needless to say, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Added bonus? They have over 80 craft beers to choose from and, if your team can’t get their offense together, it offers a prime vantage point for people watching from the floor to ceiling windows along Michigan Avenue.

FatPour Tap Works game day

FatPour Tap Works

Brews, Bites, and Fun

Rachael King, concierge at InterContinental Chicago, can’t get enough of the food and raucous atmosphere at FatPour Tap Works in Wicker Park. The bi-level bar and restaurant—which lends its allegiance to the University of Wisconsin Badgers, though is great for catching any game—boasts over 40 flat-screen TVs, 200 beers (50 of which are on tap), and a two-story, glass-enclosed keg cooler. Named for their 22-ounce signature frosted beer mugs, the menu here covers all the sports bar basics—from build-your-own pizzas and specialty burgers to chicken n’ waffle bites and more—so come hungry.

Tried and True

For a low-key post up experience, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap won’t disappoint. Offering a stellar and expansive beer selection—and great sightlines for catching the game—this local favorite also happens to serve some of the best wings in the city. While they offer traditional Buffalo, we’re partial to the Firecracker wings topped with sweet Thai chili and sriracha sauce. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, take a whack at their super spicy XXX wings made with habanero, ghost, and scorpion peppers. If you finish an order, you’ll be added to the restaurant’s Wall of Flame.

Written By Amber Holst

Amber Holst is Vice President & Editorial Director at Concierge Preferred. A native Chicagoan, she’ll happily bend your ear about why Top Notch burgers are a must (as is an Original Rainbow Cone) and can often be found procuring milk candy in Chinatown after dim sum with her partner in crime or rooting on her beloved Green Bay Packers (yes, that’s right) at Will’s Northwoods Inn. Lover of cured meats, prosecco, and good old fashioned “slashies” she considers herself fortunate to be able to promote her hometown for a living. Fun fact? She can play the accordion.

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