5 best bars to watch the Blackhawks Playoff games


Alright, Blackhawks fans. It is officially time to change up the juju surrounding the team. After a tough 3-2 loss yesterday afternoon, our beloved defending Stanley Cup champions find themselves down two games to one against the dreaded St. Louis Blues, and we need to do whatever we can to help change the energy.

If you believe in hockey superstitions, do not shave your face and check out one of the following bars to watch the games. Pro tip: if you were at one of the following bars for Games 1 and 3, the two games the Hawks lost in this series, try a different one on the list.

Game 4: Tuesday, April 19 @ 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Thursday, April 21 @ 8:30 p.m.
Game 6: Saturday, April 23 @ TBD.
Game 7: Monday, April 24 @ TBD.

Bar Louie
1122 Lake St.
Oak Park

Bar Louie is the spot to go for Tuesday’s game if you are hungry; the restaurant will be offering $1 burgers with the purchase of a drink. If you plan on coming with a full stomach, you might want to wait until Game 5 to take advantage of the Thirsty Thursday deal with $5.25 martinis served the entire day.

7414 Madison St.
Forest Park
Chalk’s Website

Chalk’s patio is open for the  spring season and they will have the game on the outdoor televisions. Chalk receives high praise for its customer service, so we recommend this place if you don’t want to wait long for drinks. Revolution Brewing fans will be happy to learn that they currently have 1Z Enuff 2016 on tap.

Avenue Ale House
825 S. Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park

Ave Ale House has been getting its rooftop patio ready for the spring season and there is a possibility that it might be ready this week, but that has not yet been confirmed. Menu items include fish tacos amongst other finger food items that each cost $5. Drink specials include $5 Beer n’ Bourbon, Bloodies, Bellinis, and Mimosas, and $12 domestic buckets. Besides the specials, Ave Ale House has over 100 varieties of beer to choose from.

7505 Madison St.
Forest Park

Sláinte has some of the best prices in the area. The bar will feature $2.75 domestic bottles, $10 domestic buckets, $4 bomb shots, $5 Bloodies, and $5 burger with fries. I highly recommend this place if you are trying to enjoy some playoff hockey on a budget. It’s an added bonus if you appreciate the ambiance of a traditional Irish pub. Cheers, or should I say “Sláinte,” the Gaelic translation for “To good health.”

Fat Duck Tavern & Grill
7218 Madison St.
Forest Park

Pizza fans will be the happiest watching the playoff games at Fat Duck. The bar is offering $5 for cheese/pepperoni/sausage pizzas and they aren’t skimping on the drink specials either. Customers are welcome to $5 Absolut Bloodies, $12 domestic buckets, and $17 Corona buckets.


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