Seven bars for hockey mania for this weekend
Shoes Pub (1134 W Armitage Ave, 773-871-4640)
This lovable Lincoln Park dive features $2 PBRs and free food during hockey games (the eats range from a whole ham to buckets of KFC, depending on bartender whim). A gigantic poster of Bobby Hull drinking a beer after leading the Hawks to the Stanley Cup in ’61 fills the joint with vintage hockey pride.
Moonshine (1824 W Division St, 773-862-8686)This is not one of those bars that will just mute the tube and flip to the game: Moonshine’s going into full-on hockey frenzy, with a “hat trick” of sliders for $7, housemade microbrews for $3 and a Blackhawks-jersey giveaway during every matchup.
WestEnd (1326 W Madison St, 312-981-7100)
By the time you’ve had a couple of 22-ounce “stadium draft” cups of Miller or Coors Light (which are only five bucks during hockey games), you’ll be too sauced to focus on any of the 33 plasma TVs showing the game. (Just yell along.)
Catcher’s (901 W 35th St, 773-869-9411)
This diehard Sox-and-Hawks bar usually splits the four televisions equally if both teams are on. But, “With the Hawks in the playoffs, and how the Sox are playing right now, I’m just going to give the Sox one TV,” grumbles amiable owner Bo Bennecke. Go for the $7 pitchers of High Life, stay for the checkerboard ceiling and hockey-mad regulars.
Hawkeye’s (1458 W Taylor St, 312-226-3951)
Since it’s eight blocks from the United Center, you almost don’t need the $5 game-day shuttle to get to the Hawks game. And with 20 high-def televisions and specials like 25-cent wings and $3.75 Stella bottles, you might want to stay at the bar, anyway.
The Fifty/50 (2047 W Division St, 773-489-5050)
Heading to the game? Bring in your ticket stub here before or after, and get 20% off your bill. Or screw the game, order “The Dustin Byf...How The Hell Do You Say His Name...Uglien Burrito” ($10) and a round of $4 tequila shots, and watch from one of the outdoor patio flatscreens.
Stretch Run (544 N LaSalle St, 312-644-4477)
This place is more about off-track betting than on-ice bruising. But with a TV at every table, it’s easy to be accommodating—even to Detroit fans, with the fried-chicken wing “Redwing Special” ($6.95).