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Business Description
The Best Dive Bar in Chicago.
Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
cash only
Price Range
$
Neighborhoods
Old Town, Central Chicago, Near North Side
AKA

Old Town Ale Hse

Categories
Bars, Brew Pubs, Taverns, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

COUPONS & DEALS

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KatieHolland

05/07/2012

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Overall
Classic Chicago dive bar. Best part is

Classic Chicago dive bar. Best part is the hand painted portraits of political figures and celebrities on the walls. Cash only!

WanderingWanderer

09/30/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
If you're wondering where ptomaine goes to die

Then wonder no more. The service is terrible, the drinks are watered down and what passes for food wouldn't be attractive to a starving dog.

As well - the walls are lined with this crappy art, and it's a hang out for old hippies who didn't get being a beatnick right the first time around.

Honestly, if you're deciding between going here and staying home, stay home.

rgk

09/13/2005

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Overall
Affordable and quaint

If you are looking for a place to take a moment and unwind with good music and an affordable cocktail, then the alehouse is the place. Nothing fancy about it, but a place to feast your eyes on strange memorabilia, unique art and interesting conversation.

joandrone

09/07/2005

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Overall
A great tradition

The Old Town Ale House is a neighborhood treasure, has been there for many years. The clientele is as varied as it gets and always interesting. The juke box has always been one of the best and most eclectic in the city. All the greats from nearby Second City have frequented it. Hope that it will continue in its unique tradition.

littlefeather

09/06/2005

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Overall
Outrageous regulars - great prices

Unbelievable evening in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. I watched the passage of construction workers, professionals, editors & writers, Second City actors, bartenders and neighborhood families visit this bazaar art-ridden haven. Not to be missed....they surprise me every time I visit - even after 3:00am

megd

06/13/2002

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
classic

Old Town Ale House rocks. The crowd, for the most part, has been frequenting the place for years. The jukebox rocks with old jazz and blues. You can always find someone to talk to here.

jpanderson_citysearch

05/17/2002

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
What a cast of characters!

This is truly a Chicago classic, from the beehive-haired bartenders to the crusty regulars. Dark and smoky. Great pinball, and big shelves full of books for browsing. Second City types hang here after their shows.

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