Yes, the single life can be a bit pathetic and lonely at times. But instead, you end up eating an appetizer for three all by yourself.
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Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! He up! You don't have to fly solo if you don't want to. Grab a glass of whiskey or dirt-cheap PBR and elbow your way into the crowd packed wall-to-wall with hipsters. Rotating DJs play everything from throwback 80s hip-hop to Brazilian samba, and there are plenty of dark candlelit corners to canoodle in if you hit it off with someone on the dance floor.
Really, if you want to hook up with someone and you have good social skills surrounding the task, you can find a sexual partner at most bars in the city. However, after putting out a call to readers for their bar hookup storieshere are some Chicago bars where hooking up is more than possible.
These stories are not verified, but they certainly have the ring of truth—most are sloppy, semi-embarrassing, and happened in the Wrigleyville area. Photos by MarisaKM.
Berlin is a welcoming, anything-goes place that either is or is not a gay bar, depending on whom you ask. Berlin is located at W. Belmont Ave. Photo via Yelp. This Irish sports bar prides itself on fish and chips, corned beef sandwiches and Guinness.
Officially affiliated with Notre Dame and the Denver Broncos, the bar can get crazy on game nights—or at least it did for a year-old Lakeview woman. She fell asleep while he was gone; when she woke up the next morning, she was alone. After a search, she discovered that bar guy had been trapped in her bathroom overnight, shouting for help.
Photo: Slippery Slope's Facebook. Slippery Slope is located at N. Milwaukee Ave. Town Hall Pub is located at N. Halsted St. In this compact bar, the hunting-themed decor—like mounted deer he, and a chandelier that appears to be made out of antlers—serves as a conversation starter with hot strangers.
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Western Ave. They decided to play darts. Clark St. Photo of The Long Room's interior via Facebook.
Still, one night the man went with a friend, and saw a woman clearly third-wheeling with a couple. So when his friend went to the bathroom, he approached the woman. Skylark isn't a hook-up bar in the classical sense. You're not going to get laid buying a cute stranger a drink—but if you buy them tater tots, that might work.
The bar's crispy golden tots have a cult-like following, and they're served in large portions perfect for sharing with a hottie. The bar is also famous for its low-key vibe. It's the kind of place you go to if you want to meet someone and have a great conversation about an underground Chicago jazz band, or a great documentary you saw at Music Box; there's no air of desperate singledom.
Plenty of single people, though!
Skylark is located at S. Jim Kopeny contributed valuable hook-up bar reporting on Skylark. Updated: River North's Epic was originally on our list, but it closed last week. The Chicagoist will be launching later but in the meantime please enjoy our archives.