The Norse Bar
6334 N. Clark St. 773-942-6344
Rating: !!! (out of four) Off to a good start
The scene: This Edgewater spot has everything a good neighborhood spot should, and then some: A fantastic (and cheap) beer list, a solid crowd (with most folks in their 20s and 30s), board games, just enough TVs to keep you occupied and friendly staff. Oh, and there are TVs set up with Wii games at a few tables—just try to keep your Mario-enthused friends away from those. Check the bar’s Facebook page for nightly events like Tuesday’s trivia and Monday’s dog-friendly drinking.
The look: The low-key bar may be new, but it looks like it’s been around for years. The back of the bar already was decorated for the holidays, topped with fake snow and a menorah. The bar offers the fastest service, but there are plenty of booths and tall, four-top tables to hold groups on more crowded nights. There’s nothing particularly stand-out about the decor, but it’s a formula that works.
The drinks: You can order a cocktail or shots, but beer is the centerpiece here. With large drafts priced right around $5, you can indulge in a couple rounds to find a new favorite. There are about 10 draft options and a hefty selection of bottles to choose from. If the Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale (a surprisingly sweet IPA) or Dark Horse’s Scotty Karate (a smooth and smoky Scotch ale) are still on tap when you stop by, don’t miss ‘em.
Fill up before you go: Unfortunately, there’s no food at the spot. But with a diner across the street and other take-out options available (just ask the bartender), you’ll be just fine.
Bottom line: We’re a little jealous of folks in Edgewater who can make The Norse Bar a weekly stop. The prices on hefty draft craft brews may be enough to entice people from a little father away to make the trek, but if you’re in the area, you have no excuse not to stop in.