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Underbar

View Map3243 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 404-9363
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Editorial Review of Underbar

The "under" in Underbar refers to its location beneath the Western Avenue overpass at Belmont. Walking to the bar, down the steps, beneath the bridge, you start to feel like one of the mole people, heading to your favorite underground mole pub with your mole friends from your mole work that you hate. But once inside, the rushing traffic overhead is quickly forgotten and it's as if you're in a normal above ground bar like you're used to, with normal abovies, as the mole people refer to them.

Underbar's interior is rather dark, with most of the light coming from the candles that pepper the room. A handful of tables lines one wall, while the bar covers the other. The space isn't big, but the high ceiling makes it seem roomy. Kept liquid by the same owner as Lemming's and Green Eye, the bar's look owes a lot to its sister locations. The walls are painted two shades of purple, and the tables and bar are shiny and clean, giving the place a nice, very calm atmosphere. There's a television in the rear, but the sound is off—really, the focus is on a good conversation.

The menu is all drinks, with a decent tap beer selection that varies with the season (though PBR, Young's Oatmeal Stout and something from 3Floyd's are pretty constant features). The "Big Brews" menu is a nice feature, and showcases special beer selections that range from $6-$21 and include things like 22-ounce bottles of New Holland seasonals and the uber-fancy Goose Island Demolition. The bartenders double as DJs, and usually put on a non-mole person, indie-rock soundtrack that suits both the decor and clientele. Things tend to stay quiet until the wee hours (1:30-2 a.m.), though the nearby Viaduct Theatre has been known to provide an early evening crowd.

Centerstage Reviewer: Mac McCormick

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Hours

9 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday-Friday; 4 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday

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