Tucked into an office building in the West Loop, Dylan's Tavern draws a hurried lunch crowd and demanding happy hour drinkers, with a few neighborhood regulars rounding out the sports bar's clientele. Tall tables sit at the front of the large room, providing prime views of Clinton Street or the enormous flat-screen on the wall. Six well-placed TVs hang above the sturdy wood bar and in the dining area, which is raised three steps from the main bar space.
Draft beer selections include Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Pilsner Urquell, 312, Miller Lite and the Bass-Harp-Guinness family. Buckets of five Lite bottles cost $15 and $13 on weekends when, unlike most bars, Dylan's slows down. The extensive menu offers appetizers that range from hummus to grilled pizzas; even the most expensive entree—the seafood linguine—barely peaks $10. Dylan's also has burgers, wings and a nice array of other sandwiches like the What’s the "Italian Beef" Doing Here ($7.50). With beef, mozz and hot peppers, it's the only item that added some personality to an otherwise bland ambience. Dylan's is, after all, a bar in an office building.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Robert Duffer