With the Bulls and Blackhawks seasons approaching, you might find yourself looking for the best bars near the United Center for pre/post-game festivities. Check out our top picks below:
The Ogden has all the traits of the perfect Hawks and Bulls bar. For starters, it’s only three blocks from the United Center, leaving you more time to enjoy another craft beer from their selection of 20 rotating taps or an extra bite of their “Animal Fries,” (hand-cut fries topped with pulled pork, fresh white cheddar cheese curds, giardiniera, and a sunny side up egg). Combine this with an industrial-chic interior, spacious booths equipped with flat-screen TVs and a lively Chicago-sports friendly atmosphere, you’ll quickly find yourself here before and after every occasion at the UC.
Perhaps the most popular destination for pre/post-United Center festivities, WestEnd offers spacious venue housing multiple bars and atmospheres, each with ample TVs for all your viewing enjoyment. Expect to find a lively crowd enjoying a strong beer selection and full menu with elevated bar favorites and pizzas. And when it’s time to grab your seat for the game, WestEnd offers a complimentary shuttle to the UC.
It’s hard not to love Kaiser Tiger, and here are a few reasons why:
- 24 Rotating craft beer taps
- Two-stories of bar space with skyline views
- A 200-seat beer garden with bocci ball in the warmer months and curling in the winter
- House-made bacon and sausage, including the Bacon Bomb.
- A 10-minute walk to the United Center.
In case the name didn’t give it away, The Beer Bistro has a lot of…you guessed it…BEER. And not just any beer, a lot of amazing beer. Like more than 150 selections. Combine this with a tasty menu (especially the burgers), laid back atmosphere and free UC shuttle, and you have an excellent choice for all your pre-/post-game activities.
Sometimes you just want a quick and tasty burger, cheap(ish) beer and zero frills. Enter, the Billy Goat Tavern.
You’ll find a little bit of everything in terms of crowds here, but come game day, it’s all fun-loving Bulls and Hawks fans spanning every age group. Grab a burger, a tall beers, throw a few bucks into the juke box, and enjoy yourself amongst a group of locals and tourists.
Added bonus: it’s the closest bar to the United Center.