Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey(773) 525-2515 durkinstavern.com41.932803 -87.649451 810 W Diversey Pkwy (between Halsted and Dayton Sts) Lakeview, Chicago
Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 9am–3am; Sun 9am–2amAverage beer: $4
This bar certainly leans toward frat-tastic, but its patrons seem oddly subdued. Perhaps the spot's three-room layout provides ample high-top tables and bartenders to avoid the usual drink-order clamor. Or maybe the sociable crowd hates abrasiveness, too. Whatever the case may be, this is one frat party that won't leave you feeling like you're in a scene in Revenge of the Nerds.