The Coziest Bars In Chicago

When the Chicago wind starts whipping and the snow starts falling by the bucketful, it's best to enjoy it with an indoor view.


Now throw in a crackling fireplace, hearty comfort food and a drink to warm you from the inside out. This whole winter thing isn't sounding so bad, huh?




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Remedy

1910 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Bucktown


Remedy’s exterior may be unassuming at first but step through its doors and you’ll find a charming interior. They’re open until 4 a.m. (5 a.m. on Saturdays), so this is the perfect spot to cozy up with a late night date.




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Scofflaw

3201 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square


By combining a classic fireplace, fresh cookies served at midnight and hipster-friendly gin cocktails, Logan Square's Scofflaw is a no-brainer for this list.




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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

12 S. Michigan Ave. - Loop


Cindy's fireplace pulls in the crowds at the already popular Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The Game Room downstairs is quite the cozy hangout as well.




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Drumbar

201 E. Delaware Pl. - Gold Coast


Drumbar's luxe leather and dark wood interior, robust fireplace and complex cocktails make it one of the best rooftop experiences you can have this winter.




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Moonlighter

3204 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square


With winter comes the closing of Moonlighter’s spectacular outdoor patio. However, that’s no issue since inside you’ll find an equally spectacular, and warmer, interior thanks to a couple of fireplaces.




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Frontier

1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Noble Square


Frontier's heated, covered beer garden with a fireplace that you can snuggle right up next to is a great place to laugh in the face of winter. And if you consider game meats like bison and rabbit to be "comfort food," you're in luck in that department, too. 




WARM DRINKS AND HOT DATES

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Dorian’s

1939 W. North Ave. - Wicker Park


Brought to you by the same folks behind Saved by the Max, Dorian’s brings a unique jazz club vibe to Wicker Park. Taking over the same location as the aforementioned pop-up, this new, permanent venture features a record store, specialty cocktails and funky tunes played over a fancy Italian sound system.




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EZ Inn

921 N. Western Ave. - Ukranian Village


It’s not just the vintage atmosphere at EZ Inn that makes it a cozy spot. It’s the fact that you’re treated like family the second you walk through the door. So grab a $3 Old Style, throw some tunes on the jukebox and kick back with some buddies.




Lemming's Tavern

1850 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park


Need a place in Wicker Park to meet your Tinder match where you can actually hear each other talk? Lemming's Tavern, a low-key bar from the owners of The Green Eye, Blind Robin, and Underbar, is an oasis in a neighborhood full of jam-packed clubs and raucous bars.




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Empty Bottle

1035 N. Western Ave. - Ukranian Village


Empty Bottle stands out as one of Chicago's coziest venues both for its charming "don't ever change" attitude and the way it packs in the warm, music-loving bodies on chilly nights. 




Ten Cat Tavern

3931 N. Ashland Ave. - Lakeview


Filled with a jumble of mismatched patio furniture and kitschy lamps, Ten Cat is an under-the-radar spot to shoot pool and play pinball.




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Queen Mary

2125 W. Division St. - Wicker Park


Get real cozy with your neighbor at Queen Mary's double-sided bar or snuggle into the horseshoe booths for extra cuddles while sipping craft cocktails inspired by the sea.  




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Guthrie's Tavern

1300 W. Addison St. - Lakeview


It may be a short walk from Wrigley Field, but Guthrie's Tavern feels miles away. If you don't want to interrupt your Scrabble game to grab dinner (and the Tamale Guy doesn't make one of his frequent appearances) they'll even let you order in food from 40+ neighborhood restaurants.




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Blue Line Lounge & Grill

1548 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park


Sometimes you need a break from the cold in between getting off the train at Damen and walking to your final destination. That's what the martinis at Blue Line Lounge are for.




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Broken Shaker

19 E. Ohio St. - The Loop


The delicately crafted cocktails at Broken Shaker are sure to help warm you up during the cold months. Stop by for a drink but stay for one of the many vibrant dance parties!




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Kibbitznest

2212 N. Clybourn Ave. - Lincoln Park


Whether you’re kicking back with a book and brew in a snug armchair or challenging some friends to a board game, there’s no shortage of things to get into at Kibbitznest. 





COMFORT FOOD

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Kopi Cafe

5317 N. Clark St. - Andersonville


Kopi Cafe is one of those places where true conversations take place and real connections are made. Whether it’s over a cup of coffee, a delicious pastry or a brew, one thing’s for certain, you won’t forget your time at Kopi.




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The Grafton Pub

4530 N. Lincoln Ave. - Ravenswood


The best thing about The Grafton is its beautiful stone fireplace. The second best thing is its shepherd's pie.




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ZED451

739 N. Clark St. - River North


Picture this: you, your boo, a bottle of wine and delicious bites right by the fire at ZED451. If that doesn’t spell “date night,” then we don’t know what does.




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Chief O’Neill’s

3471 N. Elston Ave. - Avondale


Echoing Chief O’Neill’s’–the pub's namesake–love for Irish music, you’ll hear some of the best traditional Irish music at Chief O'Neill's. The perfect compliment to a tall pint and some fish and chips.




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Mindy's Hot Chocolate

1747 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park


Mindy's Hot Chocolate is the perfect place to meet up with bae for a hot, spiced cider cocktail and a few spoonfuls of chocolate soufflé pie. (Single folks, we get all the booze and pie to ourselves. #blessed)