Misery Loves Company: A List of Local Pubs for Lamenting Over the Bears’ Loss with Friends

There's always next season

Cheer up! There’s always next season (except for you, Lovie) and there’s still a chance at that wildcard spot. So before you succumb to despair call a friend, get off your couch, and visit your local pub for the Sunday night game. (Go San Fran!) Here’s a few of my fav:


James Joyce

The James Joyce Irish Pub

Neighborhood: Berwyn

Try: Guinness Stout on tap, of course!

Owners Colin and Chalky , from Meath and Dublin respectively,  designed James Joyce as a neighborhood Irish pub brought to the states. The feel is warm and familiar. The beer is cold and plentiful. Over 10 selections on tap and a kagillion more bottled. Even if you’re nowhere near the burbs, it’s still worth the drive!  They don’t serve food (except for free hotdogs during Sunday morning football!), so feel free to have delivery brought directly to your table from around the corner favorite Salerno’s Pizza.

7138 Windsor Avenue, Berwyn, IL



The Fifty/50

Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village

Try: The wings

Owners Greg Mohr and Scott Winer met their first day working at Joe’s Seafood, became fast friends, and together created this monster of a sports bar. With two full bars, 19 flat screen TVs, and a high quality menu The Fifty/50 easily earns its place among Chicago’s elite. It boasts three different floors, all with a unique theme, and private booths just in case you and your friends want to wail over your team’s loss in privacy. I can’t say enough about this place. What it lacks in neighborhood feel it makes up for in sheer quality and quantity.

2047 Division St, Chicago, IL



Poor Phils

Poor Phil’s Bar & Grill

Neighborhood: Oak Park

Try: Their complimentary draft samples

The only decent sports bar in Oak Park features over 70 bottles, 36 draft beers, and free popcorn at every table – not bad! Eat your feelings during Poor Phil’s oyster hour or try a selection from their full menu. Nom nom nom…

139 South Marion St, Oak Park, IL



These are a few of my favorites. Where do you go to cry it out when your team is giving you grief?


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