November 7, 2019
The Best Places for River West Nightlife
By Katie Dickemann

If you’re looking to spend an evening out on the town, rest assured that the River West neighborhood offers plenty of fun bar options.

Discover some of our favorite spots that make up the River West nightlife.

Bars with the Best Food

What’s better than spending an evening out with great people, great drinks and great bites?

If you’re looking for a night full of delicious drink and equally tasty food, pencil in the Aberdeen Tap. This fun neighborhood bar boasts an extensive selection of draft beers and gourmet pub fare.

Twisted Spoke is another bar with an impressive menu. This motorcycle-themed bar serves top-notch bites and unique hand-crafted cocktails to suit any and all taste buds.

Jefferson Tap & Grille is an excellent option if you’re looking for a laidback evening with friends. Along with an incredible pet-friendly patio, the bar’s cozy interior makes for the perfect place to grab a drink and a late-night meal.

Bars with the Best Happy Hour

Happy hours are a great way to end the workday, especially when there are so many options in the area.

For a great bang for your buck, spend an evening at the Dawson. This hip bar and restaurant offers $10 beer and pizza on weekdays from 4 to 6 pm.

The Matchbox is a great happy hour option if you’re looking for a tiny, hip spot to grab a drink. While the space is small, the laidback bar isn’t lacking in the beverage or food selection. Be sure to try the house-made margarita.

If the ideal happy hour involves a dive bar experience, Richard’s Bar is the spot. This classic taproom makes for the perfect place to unwind after a long workday.

Bars with Best Entertainment 

If you’re looking for an evening full of excitement, rest assured that River West is home to bars with various entertainment.

Recess, the neighborhood’s newest bar, provides quite the bar experience. This 5,000-square-foot government themed bar, adjacent to City Hall,  provides hand-crafted cocktails, tasty food, live music, and laid back vibes. 

If you’re looking for the perfect spot to sip some drinks over a few rounds of pool, be sure to swing by City Pool Hall. You can also find dartboards and high definition arcade games scattered throughout the bar.

Catch your favorite sports game at Clover’s. This casual sports bar offers impressive rotating drafts, dart boards, and plenty of television screens.

Be sure to get a group of friends together and take advantage of the exciting River West nightlife!

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