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“This is an Institution, not a Dive Bar--and it's the best one in Chicago”
Review of Richard's Bar

Richard's Bar
Ranked #76 of 559 Nightlife in Chicago
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“This is an Institution, not a Dive Bar--and it's the best one in Chicago”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

It takes a special kind of person to appreciate a bar like Richard's, and quite frankly, that's why I wondered whether I should even review it. Richard's is a secret, a great secret one wants to share, but don't want to spoil. I'm forever thankful to my friend Giles for bringing me.

Richard's is located in the six-corner intersection of Milwaukee, Halsted, and Grand in River West, so it features two entrances, on Milwaukee and Grand. Whichever entrance you use, you'll be greeted immediately by a comfortable, well-worn bar with Rat Pack memorabilia and stills of goodfella movies, along with the usual neon and local Chicago memorabilia on the walls. The gentlemen tending bar are incredibly friendly; one feels immediately they'll take care of you. It's a beer, liquor, and spirits kind of place, nothing fancy, but it's about comfort and good times here, not pretensions.

As if the staff and surroundings weren't enough, another of the best things about this bar is the jukebox. I loved listening to tunes from Hollywood classics such as Gilda and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; and of course, there's plenty of Frank Sinatra. Smoking is allowed at Richard's and even encouraged: if you didn't bring any smokes, don't worry--you can buy some at the bar. They're prominently displayed in great variety--next to the hand-made sign stating "no smoking"!

This is just a wonderful bar; the bartenders are wonderful, and the central location brings in a mix of locals and more well-dressed visitors passing through. Yet everyone is friendly and part of the group when at Richards. This place is not to be missed. I'll definitely come back next time I'm in Chicago.

Visited July 2013
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