7 Dog-Friendly Chicago Dive Bars

A great philosopher put it best: sometimes you wanna go where everypuppy knows your name. Here are seven of our favorite dives.

River Shannon
Since 1946, *very* dog-friendly River Shannon has made it their mission to boop noses over The Best Guinness in the City. Plus there’s giant Jenga, free pupcorn, and a dedicated doggy photo booth. Lots of v good petters, so don’t expect your dog give you much attention here.

Archie’s Iowa & Rockwell Tavern
Undisputed neighborhood fave Archie’s is *the place* to sniff and be sniffed. Drink here and expect like 5 dogs to greet you at the door and bartenders who’ll learn your name. And don’t furget: good dogs get cheeseballs.

Corner Bar
No-frills digs, locals, and virtually unheard of drink specials are just a few of the reasons we ruv Bucktown’s beloved corner Corner Bar.  Um, $4 top shelf Fridays and $2 U-Call-It cocktails and shots on Sundays?! Takes us back to our paw-llege days.

Bucktown Pub
Local favorite Bucktown Pub is the reason so many Chicago dogs know the word “pub.” There’s Tuesday karaoke, Thursday trivia, a legendary jukebox, a huge beer garden, futbol, popcorn, and frozen pizzas. Expect the tamale guy.

The Empty Bottle
Part-dive, part music institution, The Empty Bottle is a crown jewel on the dog-friendly Chicago drinkin’ scene. Since The Bottle doesn’t technically house its own kitchen, you can order brunch starting at 11 on the weekends–when the the lights are still down low (human headaches…WOOF).

The Native
The folks at The Native rescue supporters with 13/10 popcorn your dog will absolutely wanna behave for. They’ve hosted everything from dog Halloween events to veggie dog eating fundraisers and are always down for a great pawty to save pups. See also: huge booths for your pal’s squad and a sprawling patio.

The Walk-In
The Walk-In is full of friendly-as-pup canine enthusiasts who are *amazing* petters. With homemade treatos during farmer’s market season and an adjacent liquor store for when you wanna grab yourself a little doggy bag of your own, we’re not sure why we drink anywhere else.

Where does your dive-lovin’ pup like to hang out? Woof at us in the comments!

(Top photo by @rivershannonpub)

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