With the arrival of new students and returning 21 year olds, many students will likely be looking for a local place to knock back a few. Some of these Elmhurst bars are campus favorites, but looking outside the immediate area can bring some nice surprises and might even end up being your group’s new hangout.
If you are looking for somewhere to go to for a wide draft selection and eccentric performances, Brauerhouse in Lombard is your best bet. five minutes down North Avenue, it is definitely worth the small drive.
The atmosphere is punk-centric, which directly connects with their live performances every weekend. Mostly hard rock and punk might reign here, but sometimes weird events like “midget wrestling” and hearse car shows will pop up on their schedule.
Beerhead is the latest bar to arrive in downtown Elmhurst. Opening in June of this year, the corner bar across from Brewpoint always seems to be buzzing. Over 300 beers from around the world line the cooler wall, as well as many decorative pieces made from old taps.
Though the clientele is pretty mixed with Elmhurst families and after-work relaxers, the menu and location will definitely drive in students when students come back into session.
A longstanding staple in Elmhurst, students have flocked to Fitz’s for ages. Trivia nights are Wednesdays, and the payout of gift cards can be nice when money starts getting tight. Thirsty Thursdays here are also a common SnapChat affair.
It’s just about perfect for those wanting to stay close to home.
Right down St. Charles lies Lunar, a cozy corner in Villa Park. The best part of this little facet of the busy St. Charles strip is the homemade brews and the free dartboards. This little place has a lot of character and a lot of potential to be a student spot for some game nights with some cheap tall boy cans.
Another bar close to home, Pints stands out as the only sports bar on this list. Along with many TVs to watch your game of choice, the appetizers are pleasing as well. Also a quick walk from campus, it allows students to get hammered without paying the price of drinking and driving.
If you are brave enough to head downtown Chicago, there are thousands of bars to choose from. From the Green Mill to the sports bars of Wrigleyville, there’s something for everyone. Here’s two bars specifically attracting a quirkier clientele.
If the tame taverns of Elmhurst aren’t your style, EXIT in Chicago might be your place. Coined as “Chicago’s original punk bar since 1981,” Exit has been a staple to the alternative scene ever since for the young and old.
The word “punk” doesn’t even scratch the surface, as the main attraction is the BDSM twist. Thursdays at EXIT are “Bondage a go-go” nights, Chicago’s longest-running fetish night. If you have an open mind, you might be able to get laid after a night here, or at least get some invitations.
Suburbia is not the greatest place for the gay community, but with a quick stop to Boystown through the Metra and Red Line, you can land at Sidetrack, the gargantuan gay bar in Boystown.
The only true downside is the bar’s clientele is mainly that of gay men, but the cheap cocktails, slushies, and themed music nights make up for it. Your chances of getting laid aren’t likely, but the bright and buzzing atmosphere makes this a fun place for everyone from any sexuality.