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Bars near Second City?

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gazpacho Nov 16, 2007 06:49 PM

Would appreicate some suggestions of a nice place for a drink before going to see a show at Second City.

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    amoncada Nov 19, 2007 09:49 AM

    I agree with the Corcoran's, Wells on Wells, and Old Towne Ale House recommendations but I think it's important to clarify that they are definitely on the
    "Divey" side. I pick Corcorans over the three.

    The poster requested "nice place" so I suggest the bar at Orso's 1401 N. Wells or Topo Gigio 1516 N. Wells
    http://www.topogigiochicago.com/

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      ems Nov 19, 2007 05:44 PM

      O'Brien's is a nice place on Wells just south of North.

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        gazpacho Nov 19, 2007 06:19 PM

        I wondered about that particular spot but didn't know whether they had a bar or if it was just the restaurant. Some restaurants have very little if any bar space.

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          amoncada Nov 20, 2007 09:21 AM

          The food and service is terrible at O'Briens. You're better off at Orso's or Toppo Giggio's bar, or even Corcorans or The Fireplace Inn.

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        SuzMiCo Nov 18, 2007 11:35 AM

        There are a lot of bars close by:

        - Corcoran's - right across the street. Good pub, but it gets crowded on weekend evenings, and it can be difficult to find a table.
        - Wells on Wells - another straightforward pub next door to Corcoran's. Generally a little less crowded than Corcoran's, but it's often still hard to get a table on weekends.
        - Adobo Grill - this is a Mexican restaurant with a bar area, but their drinks are great. next door to Second City.
        - Old Town Ale House - This place has the most character of the places I've listed. Less yuppy vibe than the other places listed. It's a block away from SC.

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