Lincoln Park isn’t a neighborhood with a ton of character-heavy dives, which makes Rose’s extra special. There are couches that are almost certainly older than the ones in your parents’ basement, along with a pool table, a killer jukebox, free pretzels (or Bugles, depending on the night), and Christmas lights strung up year-round. Plan on ordering pitchers of beer or cocktails with two ingredients or less and you’ll have an excellent time. It’s cash only, so keep that in mind before you go.
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The best duos are those that surprise you. Welcome to a world of Korean BBQ tacos and poutine fries with kimchi.
Stella Barra is a comfortable and familiar place in Lincoln Park good for a lot of occasions. You’re also going for pizza, which is never a bad idea.
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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Royal Palms is a bar with shuffleboard courts that’s a great change of pace from the usual bar scene.
Great Central Brewing Company
Great Central’s West Town taproom feels like a German beer hall and is great for big groups.
A bar in Wrigleyville with a solid beer list whose low-key atmosphere makes it a welcome change from the rest of the neighborhood.
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