From Murphy’s Bleachers To The Cubby Bear & Chicago’s Best Singles Spot
The best time to hang out in Wrigleyville is before and after Cubs games. It’s one giant party from three hours before the game until three hours after the final out.
Wrigley Field has been called the largest singles bar in Chicago – okay PubClub.com calls it the largest singles bar in Chicago – and the bars in the area have that same reputation.
Before the game, Murphy’s Bleachers is packed with people preparing themselves for the worst (a Cubs loss) or getting a head start to celebrate the impossible (a Cubs win). It is a huge indoor/outdoor bar and is the place to scalp tickets if the game is sold out.
The Captain Morgan bar is another pre-game party spot and it gives you a stamp to go in and out of the game, too. So you can drink here before, after and even during the game!
Chicagoans love their Cubbies, which is what makes Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville such fun party places.
The most notorious bar is the Cubby Bear directly across the street from the main entrance of Wrigley Field. After games, the entire Bleacher section wind up here. The DJ plays all the crowd favorites and there is a video cam which broadcasts the craziness of the dance floor to the others in the bar across the TV screens.
This is a very diversified crowd ranging in age from 21 to 75. Its’ a guaranteed good time and a trip to a Cubs game is not complete without a stop at the Cubby Bear. On weekends, its usually showcases local bands after the Cubs fans have left the area.
Another after-game spot is Bernie’s.
Sluggers is the other big hangout after the games. It plays Top 40 hits from the past 20 years and the crowd can get pretty crazy.
High Tops is a favorite among the locals all year ’round. The dance floor usually gets pretty nuts and people will start dancing on top of tables with the slightest of encouragement.
It’s a bit offbeat, but the best souvenirs in Wrigleyville are the pens at the Wrigleyville Tap. The bar is a dive, but the pens say “Stolen from Wrigleyville Tap,” on them, which makes for interesting conversations back home.
A great Saturday night hang spot is Redmond’s. There is a small outdoor patio that is awesome for people-watching. This bar has great bartenders and a lot of regulars.