We concentrate on enhancing your clientele's overall game experience by filling in the stoppage time with fun, creative, always-fresh visual entertainment. During commercials, halftime, pre-game, etc., we spin cool music videos, play custom comedy clips, promote upcoming events at your bar and much more.
Kristy D. Chicago, IL
B.A.We came here just for the huge number of beers on draft. I loved the clean classic decor and atmosphere of this place. Multiple games were being played on massive screens and a DJ was on site to play the crazy funny videos during commercial breaks. I couldn't stop laughing at the video clip selection. Very attentive service. I would definitely want to find my way back here again.
Bernard L. Chicago, IL
B.A.I first went here last Sept for a fantasy football draft. And was out in the little room in the back room with little cell phone reception. I still like this place.
I returned last weekend to have some food and a couple of drinks. I love the design of the name of the bar. It stands out perfectly and make you want to fine inside, which is what you need in this area since there is a lot of competition.
This a true sports bar with an abundance of TVs up stairs and downstairs. We were downstairs and got some food. I ordered the bison burger with veggies. The burger was good, but nothing spectacular. My wife had a side dish of the mash potatoes and they were amazing. They were very creamy and buttery just like a brotha likes.
Honestly, the food isn't why you come here. It's for the drinks and to watch a sporting event. My favorite part of the place is even they show YouTube videos during commercial breaks.
If you'll looking for a traditional sports bar in the Wicker Park area, you should go to Fatpour.
Alex H. Gaithersburg, MD
B.A.This place is decent. Yes they have a ton of beers which is awesome. I mean I use to have to make a journey down to DC (RFD) when I wanted to try some unique beers. This being so close get some major points. There are a ton of TV's which make sporting events fantastic. We went during a Stanley Cup game and a Women's World Cup game it was great. The video clips they show during commercials is BRILLIANT. Nothing like laughing with a 100 other people at people being stupid all while drinking delicious beer. When the weather is the open up the "walls" to allow an open air environment which is nice.
Now the MEH- Parking is such a pain in this area. I know it is not a knock on the place and they have no control but needs to be acknowledged and no I did not ding any points for that.
Service was ok. Maybe our server had an off night. Once we asked for the bill it took literally 20-25 minutes to get it. And once we gave the server our credit cards another 10-15minutes for it to come back to us. Again not terrible and maybe just a fluke.
Food was fair, We got pickle chips. cheese curd, and pretzel bites, all typical bar quality. The entrees ranged from tacos, to burgers, to seafood. And was all ok, nothing amazing.
I would definitely come back for the atmosphere alone and the amazing beer selection. But if I was looking for food alone I would probably pass.
Yen L. Chicago, IL
B.A.I really love this bar. I originally discovered it because I was desperately wishing for a Badger bar that wasn't either a complete dive (Will's) or more like a restaurant (Stout), and when this place opened up it did not disappoint. They have an awesome beer list with tons of craft brews, and great food to go along with it. They have plenty of TVs for sports fans, and do a funny videos thing during commercials. Most of all, the service is really great. It is a bar and bars tend to drop in service quality on the weekends, especially during very busy periods, but they really keep it together here. Bartenders actually make eye contact with you and try to take care of people as quickly as they can, and even make the effort to do annoying little things like take people's pictures during crazy busy rushes. So happy this place is doing well and will keep going back. Wish they could get Derby to be more like this!
Zack K. Minneapolis, MN
B.A.Let me start this off by noting: Minneapolis has some of the worst sports bars of any city I've visited and/or lived in. Its a chore to find a place with Sunday Ticket, TVs usually are out of sync and mismanaged, game audio is absent and they do everything in their power to ignore major sports events (had to leave a bar because they're switching all TVs to an out of state college hockey game for a few fans, over a bar full of people watching March Madness).
I just can't help but feel if I'm going to be paying 2-3x more for my beer and food than I would in the comfort of my home, shouldn't I get some experience and ambience out of the deal?
City Works bucks this trend, big time. I've been to another BottleWorks property in Chicago and was really excited for City Works to open so that we'd have somewhere local to get together for Football, March Madness and other "Sports Holidays." Here's the problem though: It feels like City Works nailed the ambience and sports bar mojo but hasn't quite closed the loop on food and drink.
We came for the first round of the tournament and spent a day at the bar 11am-9pm (commitment, I know). Here's what we noticed in our day there:
- Epic handling of Televisions, audio etc. Every game was on, close/ending games were switched to their biggest screens, and commercial breaks were filled with funny videos and music.
- A really good beer selection but prices are definitely higher and pours are smaller than bars in the area. (Note to CityWorks rep responding to these: I totally get your "serving in brewers suggest glass" thing, but pour sizes or this info are nowhere on the menu and I think its catching people off-guard. Also, pouring a $5-6 domestic light beer in a 14oz cheater pint glass just kinda seems like a bit of a jerk move).
- The food was REALLY average. This part stung the most, as I loved the food at OldTown Pourhouse (and a few other Chicago Gastro/Sportsbars in this style). The duck nachos were incredibly bland and greasy. The smoked wings were tiny and pretty dull without the dipping sauce...and crazy overpriced at $13 (for 8 I think). People at our table tried: burgers, sandwiches, fish tacos, different bar bites and overwhelmingly felt like we were all striking out.
I'm 100% comfortable paying a premium for food and beer for an experience like this. Its just, they have to at least be on par with stuff in the area. Give me some food I'm excited to eat and this will definitely be my go to sports bar in the cities.
Allyson M. Denver, CO
B.A.We visited this bar being Denver natives and outsiders to Chicago for a Denver Broncos game versus the Lions and can I just say, this bar did not disappoint! Seriously, the best Broncos bar ever, even by Denver standards! On what would normally be commercial breaks during the game, the DJ instead played music videos and funny videos from YouTube. For every incomplete pass made by the Lions, the entire bar cheered INCOMPLETE, which, if you've ever been to game at Mile High, you will understand the importance. And to top it off, Gary Glitter played loud and proud over the speakers after every touchdown! The crowd was fun and exciting, the food was delicious, the drinks were reasonable and Carly, our server, was wonderful! If we are ever back in Chicago for a Broncos game, we will be back! Thank you Irish Oak for a great taste of home!
Anthony B. Palos Heights, IL
B.A.Fatpour reminds me of a classier version of a sports bar on a college campus but with a much more expansive beer menu. The P.I.G. pizza was delicious (soo meaty), the staff was attentive, and it was a fun place to watch a bowl game.
Also, they play music videos during commercial breaks which is pretty impressively pulled off. Though, I wouldn't necessarily bring a date here unless she really likes you or sports. Luckily, mine brought me!
B A. Chicago, IL
Fatpour Tap WorksSummary:
Pro's: Great for watching games, hearty burger combos
Cons: Measly salad entrees, somewhat inattentive wait staff
TIP: So if you're going to go, forget about trying to eat clean. Skip the salad and just get the burger, it seems as though that's what they're good at. Or, eat before you come and just enjoy the drinks and the crowd.
I went in on a Sunday afternoon during a game. Lively, energetic, and I liked the YouTube segments during the commercials. We were seated much more quickly than estimated, and seated in a small back room.
However, my food was disappointing at best. I ordered the Caribbean shrimp salad, and at $14 I was looking forward to a great salad. What I got was 5 measly shrimp on a LOT of arugula lettuce. One piece at each corner and one in the middle. I felt like my plate was mocking me. At $14 I expect to be full and this meal didn't do it.
My boyfriend got a burger, and two generous sides and it was a dollar less!
I'd visit again but probably just for drinks.
Elizabeth S. Chicago, IL
B.A.A friend and I went to the Pour House on a warm Sunday afternoon in the heat of the Blackhawks playoff season.
The atmosphere was PERFECT to watch a game. Everyone was hyped up and the lights and music added to the scene. Between periods they even played very entertaining/hilarious video clips. The TVs were numerous, huge, and well placed.
Unfortunately our food was a let-down. The calamari was actually the worst I’ve ever had. it was a very small portion, but that was fine because we didn’t even want to finish the over-breaded app. The fish tacos were lacking in zest and the pork belly grilled cheese was average.
I would definitely go back to watch another game, but will only indulge in libations the next time around.
Jasmyn B. Winnetka, IL
B.A.I always go here for Hawks games because my friend Linzy decided it's the place to be and it most certainly is. They had Tony Esposito in there signing pucks and t-shirts, free shots sponsored by the liquor company, they ring big cow bells and throw napkins in the air when the HAWKS score! (By the way I feel bad for the guy that sweeps them up every time- FATPOUR IF YOU'RE READING THIS- HE DESERVES A RAISE!!!)
The service is generally very excellent and they tend to remember you which is nice- who doesn't wanna go 'where everybody knows your name and they're always glad you came'? Every single thing that comes out of their kitchen looks and smells AMAZING and everything my friends and I have tasted has been delish. Had a slight issue with my pizza being overdone last night but I told the manager/owner guy and BOOM! he removed it from the bill AND made me a fresh pizza to go. These are good people that enjoy their jobs. Oh and the bathrooms are always clean- which is a big +++++ for me because I'm always judging.
Oh and during the sporting events that they show on their multiple big tvs, there's usually a DJ that plays bloopers and funny or cute videos that crack you up. I really like that because sometimes the guys are watching games and I lose interest. Good music too. The DJ kicks ass.
If you like the hawks, drink and food specials and a cool atmosphere, try out Fatpour.
K N. Chicago, IL
B.A.I've been here on several occasions and I've enjoyed myself on each visit. Allow me to break it down fer ya...
Most importantly, the service/envrionment: Every server I have ever had here has been amazing. They've been friendly, chatty, attentive, and just downright peachy. The bartenders have all be helpfull and friendly, too. I've never had to wait super long for a drink, even on crazy busy nights or game days. I've never felt pounced upon by the tables of guys, everyone seems to have their *ish together and is respectful which can't be said for all the bars on Wells. One night, my friend and I came up here for some drinks, i can't remember what game was on but during the commercial the big screen was showing videos you'd see on Tosh or Ridiculousness, it was super entertaining.
The beer menu: Pretty good. I was impressed by all the beers they offered, especially the ciders. They have more than the standard Magners or Red's Apple Ale, both of which are far too sweet in my opinion. They also have more than the stock "bro bar" beers, so that's refreshing. As we all know, Old Town is pretty "bro-y" and I can say that because I live super close, it's my 'hood, I'll diss it if I want to.
The food: Meh. It didn't leave much of an impression. I had the steak sliders and they were so-so. Not horrible but not out of this world, either. I would order them again if I was hungry while hanging out at the Pour House. During on visit, my friend got the fish tacos and he said they were "ok." Overall, I'd give their food a 5 out of 10.
So, if you're new to the 'hood and are looking for a nice, clean place to grab a drink where the service is great, people are friendly, and the food is reliable (just not outstanding), then I would suggest Pour House over any other place on Wells for the local Old Town folk.
Ralph P. Orlando, FL
B.A.I have been to many a sports bars in my day, but Sweetwater Tavern and Grille is, in deed, a sports bar a class on it's own. Firstly, and probably most impressive, the restaurant provides blooper videos (sports and otherwise), with entertaining audio (sometimes music video clips-shown with the bloopers) in lieu of tv commercials. There were a good many laughs during the commercial interruptions during the home team game.
Equally as impressive was the service. Sam, the bartender, was a god-send. I really enjoy going to different US regions and trying the local IPA's. After ordering what seemed to be the most impressive looking tap, Sam pointed me in the direction to the other 4 brands of IPA's (3 local) that they had avail. She knew her beer stuff; a couple sitting next to me were seeking beer recommendations and she could not have been more clear and effective in driving them through the multitude of beer selections that were avail in bottle.
Now, i did not eat much during this visit. But I have to say, their buffalo chick tenders are a platter to brag about. These babies are obviously hand battered and the buffalo sauce was just right. If required to grade, would have to score a 10 out of 10 on that. W/O a doubt, I will be back for a bite (and a brew) b4 i head back to the sunshine state. But my experience there will not be forgotten. I loved it. Thank you, RP3
Karen C. Chicago, IL
B.A.I may have counted the beers on tap. I'm not very good at math (especially after boozing it up), so if I'm wrong, my apologies, but I came up with 120. Ales, stouts, ciders... you name it, they have it.
I had been wanting to try the Goose Island 25th Anniversary beer, and guess what. They had it. And it was only $6/pint. I say "only" because that, to me, is a normal price-point in Chicago, and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't higher in Old Town. I was also surprised at how nice the bartenders and bouncers were. I was kinda expecting a douchefest, I admit.
The music was great, the music videos just about made my night, & there are tons of TVs that would be amazing during football season. We were there solely for the drinking, but I'd love to go back and try out the food sometime when it is less busy.
George A. Chicago, IL
B.A.One of the better modern sports bars in the city that actually serves interesting and good tasting upscale bar food. I've been here a few times for football Sundays and haven't disappointed.
First off, the best thing going on here, beside the impressive beer selection and the wall of giant TVs, is the video / music mixing during commercials. The DJ plays a combo of funny Youtube videos, comedy skits, and music videos. This is huge because I'm sure I am not the only one annoyed by the same, stupid commercials. It makes the overall sports watching experience much more enjoyable. Thank you Pour House.
-Cheese curds: Just order 'em. light, delicate batter and fresh cheese.
-Fried pickle slices: Impossible to eat just one. Similar light batter, good crunch.
-Egg sandwich: Cheesy biscuit, perfectly cooked eggs, fresh sausage patty that isn't greasy or fatty. Good portion too. One comment to the kitchen - the hash browns are diced too small to efficiently scoop them up with a fork.
-BBQ chicken salad: Awesome. Perfect amount of ranch dressing, chicken wasn't soaked in BBQ sauce, and tons of goodness in there for great crunch and flavor combos.
-Awesome, overwhelming selection. Some favorites are the Wells & Youngs Banana Bread (not too sweet, just the right hint of banana) and New Holland Dragon's Milk (silky and strong, 10% ABV).
I see comments on long waits for drinks. IT'S A BAR, in Old Town, what the hell do you expect? Good bars with good scenes are usually crowded, deal with it or stay at home and serve yourself.
Lastly, I'm a big soccer fan and they would get 5 stars if they started to show games on the weekends. Maybe for the 2014 World Cup...?
Heather M. Chicago, IL
B.A.I love this place. For my money, there is no better place in Chicago to hang out on a football Sunday. Tons of TVs, they play YouTube videos during commercials, and there's always a nice crowd.
As an added bonus, the food is fantastic. I hate to use the cliche, but it really is "upscale bar food." Love the truffle mac and cheese, and the standards, like the pretzel bites, cheese curds, and fried pickles. Then there's the ones that take it up a notch, like the crab fondue, the pork belly, and the pickled oysters. So good.
The barbecue chicken salad is my favorite thing on the menu, with it's onion strings and jicama. Amazing, probably one of my favorite salads anywhere. I also love the sweet corn bisque with the truffled microgreens. They also do a pretty mean burger.
If you love a bloody mary, this is your place. The churchill comes with a shrimp and piece of steak on a skewer, among other things. Drink and appetizer, all in one. My personal favorite drink is the Old Town Tea, but if you're a beer drinker, you're sure to be in heaven here. They have soooo many beers, it's nuts. When you go down to the bathroom, you can see the room full of kegs, which is pretty cool.
This place is a huge add to my list of go-tos in the city, and I can't wait to return again and again!
Kyle K. Chicago, IL
B.A.We have gone here multiple times for Bear's games. The TVs are huge and located everywhere. This place is like a hybrid between a sports bar and chill upbeat pub, which is perfect for me. They play all of the games and have handy schedule sheets for them. Also, during breaks in the games, they do not play the broadcasted commercials but a really cool mix of funny internet videos and cool music videos. Most of all, the food is amazing! I highly recommend the wagyu burger, cheese curds, and fried pickles.
Brandon M. Chicago, IL
B.A.Update: Brunch is served and is great. They also have wifi upon request. I have noticed that there has been a large turnover of some of the original wait staff form three months ago. Some of the servers I would frequent are no longer there. However some remain, and they are sill stand out servers. As far as some of the new staff, they are hit or miss. And to the people that complain there are TVs everywhere, its a sports bar! What do you expect? I like that they play game sound, and will show awesome YouTube videos during commercial breaks.
Make sure to order off the draft menu!
Bottom line: very good food, awesome location, classy interior, awesome for sports games. Football lover's destination.
Wicker Park and Ukranian Village have so much more to offer with the ultimate sports bar known at Fatpour. This double wide, two story keg factory is sleek and modern with an aesthetic focal point any beer lover will appreciate.
This bar has so many draft options, you will get buzzed just by reading the menu. Speaking of which, it has a great selection of burgers and sandwiches to compete with the other bar-restaurants on division.
I have had several visits with different wait staff, and all have been attentive, fun, and easy to talk to. I have even had other servers that weren't waiting on my table come make small talk. I witnessed a manager get to know some of the patrons across from me. This bar wants to be the BEST spot within a 3 mile radius and I am sure they will accomplish that.
My only critique is that this place has yet to been able to offer their tempting brunch selection since they are new and improving. Also, the wings were average compared to Fifty/50 and Lockdown. Otherwise burgers were original and they have a great spread of apps and weekly deals ($2 taco Tuesday).
With all that being said, there is not another bar I would rather park myself at on a Sunday to watch my fantasy team get demolished while I over consume with their excellent TV situation.
Julia K. Chicago, IL
B.A.Great for watching games-tons of TVs and you can reserve large booths for groups ahead of time. Just be aware if you walk in for a big table they'll make you have at least 7/8 people before they seat you there.
Food: Skip it-had the chicken lettuce wraps which were horrible, buffalo chicken and hummus were meh.
During commercials, the DJ played funny and entertaining videos which I thought was pretty unique and entertaining.
Overall: Good spot for games, eat before you come.
Ori K. Chicago, IL
Bar/nightlife - Hands down best place I've been for a sports game. 90 beers on tap, gigantic tv's, and commercials are replaced with music and youtube videos. Fun atmosphere with the only con being that they will always maintain a line to get in, even if it's not that crowded.
Food - Great food, and as I said, 90+ beers... I approve. I wouldn't suggest coming here if you don't plan on watching a game or staying until the late night crowd arrives, but if you do, good move!
Derek K. Chicago, IL
B.A.Derby was born to cover my three favorite things: Comfort Food, Sports & Bourbon. Their take on the Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich was phenomenal, the back bar has TONS of TVs with multiple games going on, and the staff actually knows what I'm asking for when I request a Four Roses Single Barrel.
It's a pretty versatile space with the front bar, back bar and patio kind of having their own different atmospheres. I frequent the back bar for gamedays and weekend ragers, but I also sat up front for a non-game to get food with my parents on a Saturday afternoon. It's a step up from the regular bar food we're all used to and adds a little southern flare, which my parents really liked.
Derby is also the Official Chicago Mizzou Bar for football and basketball games. The place is comfortable, but packed for less exciting games when you want to grab a pint and eat some good food during the game with fellow Mizzou fans (try the nachos). And then it gets wall-to-wall for the big games when you wanna rage!
They add Boulevard Wheat & Toasted Ravs to the menu on gamedays for the Missouri crowd. I'm not from STL, but my friend said the toasted ravs were spot on! Another sweet thing they do is play game highlights or hilarious YouTube videos instead of commercials and timeouts. At a basketball game earlier this year, they also gave away Mizzou Homecoming football tickets.
Can't wait to try more of the menu during football season!
Sara J. Chicago, IL
B.A.Great place, awesome food and beer selection. Loved the presentation of the basketball game, huge TVs everywhere and a VJ who entertained the crowd during every commercial break with funny videos and good music. Decor was amazing, my new favorite place—I highly recommend!
Steven C. Chicago, IL
B.A.Derby is the new Mizzou bar in town, and as a former Tiger I've been there to catch a couple games and they do a great job hosting. Instead of commercials during games they even put on funny YouTube clips and they don't lack for TVs. They do sports bar very well and generally classier than the rest.
The tap selection is a highlight that definitely sets Derby apart and the food is all very good from what I've had and what I've asked people about. It's just a bit pricey, at least when you just want to grab a bite and watch a game. Appetizers are the only items under $10, but there's usually a special of some kind. I particularly enjoyed the nachos and find it interesting they serve all their condiments in shot jiggers.
As someone who has grown up watching a lot of horse-racing, I dig the Kentucky Derby vibe, especially the menus patterned after jockey silks. I might swing by on Derby day to see how they class the place up, as they seem to do be dedicated to doing events the right way.
My one actual complaint as someone who's been when its crowded on game day is that they have deceptively little seating. They put in these giant U-booths that take up a lot of space and limit the number of tables, but on a day with an average crowd it's a nice dining area. When they open their patio for the summer that will also help. At least the servers are friendly both behind the bar and at the tables.
Other than that I just wish Derby was easier to get to as it's in the west part of Lincoln Park, about 15 minutes from the Red Line.
Marc R. Chicago, IL
B.A.Now this place has a reputation for Bros and Trixies and it is true, they are here in throngs (not thongs- but who knows) for the Big 10 and other sports on all the TV sets. Now, since I myself am a grad of two Big 10 schools I have to say that The Boundary is my go-to place for viewing things like the Rose Bowl which I saw here in 2011. Ok, so lots of TVs and great for viewing sports! Check.
I have had food here as well, and I am a huge fan of the mac and cheese with a burger. They have a burger with an egg on it that I think is amazing and I have had this and a wrap which I liked a lot. The gigantic nachos are also worth taking a stab at but these are really for two or three people (as a freaking meal) or for a large group as an app. Overall, the staff are friendly and fast and for the most part reflect the go team spirit of the place.
They don't have a lot of drink specials in the evening which one friend pointed out, but they have a good selection of beers on tap and in bottles to satisfy even the beer snob in your group.
We were joking about the DJ-own the ads thing that goes on here where a DJ plays songs or ads in the gaps created by the TV broadcast ads, and that when he put on songs with a thumping base the very pretty Trixie tables all started grooving to the bass beat. So, if you want to get the party started, well, pump up the bass. This is an A-OK bar in a hood with so many hip and cool places and where many of the dive bars are too full and have no TVs for sports - so if you are a hipster and want to sneak out to see the Big 10 games (because face it, you also went to a Big 10 school), this is the place to go. So, as others have pointed out the choadbox elements of not-born-blonde girls and douche dudes are on display here, but everyone was chill despite the "I've got muscles" guys, and the "you want me" babes. And, you know you really do want them! No, really, you do.
We had fun, had great service, yummy food, and this old converted carriage house with its high ceilings was a good place for game watching. Our server Ashley was super friendly.
riley w. Chicago, IL
B.A.I love this bar.
I'm a huge Broncos fan and this place is always wonderful on Sundays--full of other fans. Even the staff has gotten on board. Service is always great, food is always good, and the owner is always around and getting to know the customers. They give away great prizes during the game, and free Jamison shots after a win. The music is always good, and the entertainment during commercials is always fun. They're clearly trying to build something great here, and I'm happy to support in any way I can.
I'm here every Sunday during the Broncos season, and will come back during the off season as well.
Rachel R. Chicago, IL
B.A.Came here for the Broncos vs Steeler's game and just loved it. So many bronco fans, I felt like I was in the Mile High City, minus the mountains. The Beer specials and $5 appetizers where great.
Even when they ran out of mini corn dogs and wings, the manager said we could order off the regular menu appetizers for the same price. The food is great, the beer is great and the whiskey selection is amazing. Will have to come back for that!! The staff was great too. A packed house for the first game of hte season and our waitress was great and super friendly. The DJ played music and youtube videos during commericals so that was different and fun.
A great place to meet up with friends for the Bronco games as well as meet new friends from home!
Sara S. Chicago, IL
B.A.The soups are amazingly good. It's a great compromise for the bf and me because I'm not into sports bars or beer but he is. The seating is comfy, the lighting sophisticated, and the menu broad. He gets to watch his sports, which are played at a discreet volume on screens that aren't right on your face, and I can enjoy the dj who spins 80's music and indie bands during commercial breaks. We both end up happy.
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