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Bars near Second City?

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

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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: amoncada

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

        1. re: amoncada

          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.

          1. re: gazpacho

            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.