With Cubs Tickets in one hand and a couple of Hot Dogs in the other, you’d think you have it all… until you see that guy next to you holding some icy cold beers. Wrigley Field does not have a great beer selection and there’s no point pretending it does. This is especially true because 2013 marked the last season that Old Style was served at Wrigley. While not exactly craft beer, a writer for Baseball Think Factory expressed the opinion of many Cubs fans when he said that Old Style was, “not good beer, but our beer.”
So, does this mean that Cubs fans must resign themselves to macro brands and gaze enviously over at the White Sox’s Cellular Field? Actually, no. While Wrigley Field might not have the selection of beer you are looking for, Wrigleyville has plenty of fantastic bars to explore. Let’s take a look at some of your options.
Alpha King, Cane and Ebel, and Goose Island Matilda
Image via Flickr by spablab
Located on the corner of Clark and Addison, The Cubby Bear is literally right across the street from Wrigley Field. With over thirty bottled beers and almost twenty beers on tap (including the three locally brewed beers listed above), you’ll have plenty of beer to choose from. The Cubby Bear boasts over 30,000 square feet of space, which gives it a pleasantly open ambiance. Add in private rooms that overlook Wrigley Field Marquee and over eighty large TVs spread throughout the bar, and you can begin to understand why The Cubby Bear is a local favorite.
If, on the other hand, you know you are in the mood for some Irish food and drink there’s no better place to get it than the Irish Oak. Now located just a couple blocks down Clark street from The Cubby Bear, The Irish Oak was (at one time) almost entirely in Dublin. From the chairs to the servers, everything and everyone in The Irish Oak was made in (or grew up in) Ireland. This gives the bar incredible authenticity and, of course, Guinness you can chew.
And More Guinness
Described by Bleacher Nation as “a slightly upscale Irish pub experience,” Casey Morgan is another great option. Casey Morgan has a VIP lounge on its upper level, a rooftop garden, and a ground level garden café with retractable roof. Add thirty 52″ plasma TVs and five fully stocked bars, and you can see what Bleacher Nation was talking about. Also mentioned in the Bleacher Nation article, Casey Moran’s is across from the player parking lot, giving you a shot at saying hello to your favorite Cub!
Two Brothers and Great Lakes
While Guthrie’s Tavern isn’t covered in Cubs paraphernalia (as many Wrigleyville bars are), it’s still a local favorite for its laid-back atmosphere and stock of micro brews, such as Two Brothers and Great Lakes. Definitely aiming for a “homey” vibe, Guthrie’s has bookshelves full of board games that can give you and your friends with hours of entertainment before or after a game.
Don’t worry, you can still be a beer lover and a Cubs fan. Simply get to the game a couple of hours early (or stay a couple of hours late) and explore Wrigleyville. Then, Cubs tickets in hand, go to the field itself and have fun watching a great game.