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Top 5 After Hours Bars in Chicago

Most bars and pubs around the country close in the early morning hours, around 2 AM. Fortunately for the true night owls, the great city of Chicago has a few laws in place that allow certain establishments to remain open until 4 AM. We’ve compiled a review of the top 5 after hours bars that can fit anyone’s style for when you don’t want to call it a night during your weekend in Chicago.

Hangge Uppe

The Hangge Uppe is definitely a top after hours bar in Chicago that you want to check out when you find yourself in Near North Side. There are two levels with dance floors. Upstairs you’ll find the current top 40 hits, and downstairs is classic rock and roll. The Hangge Uppe is the perfect place for a rowdy night out, especially when it stays open until 4 AM on Fridays and 5 AM on Saturdays.

The Barrelhouse Flat

Maybe “rowdy” isn’t really your type of after hour bar experience that you’re looking for. That’s why you should check our The Barrelhouse Flat if you happen to be in Lincoln Park. This is a perfect place to take someone on a first date, as the environment is more ambient and trendy in nature. The whiskey drinks are rated some of the best in the neighborhood, so don’t be afraid to try one of their unique cocktails. Sit back and relax late into the night at the Barrelhouse Flat, which is open until 4 AM Thursday and Friday, and until 5 AM on Saturday.

Green Mill

If you’re looking for live jazz music that goes long into the night, look no further than the Green Mill in Uptown Chicago.  You can expect a wide range of jazz including bebop, contemporary, and improvisational styles. There’s usually a cover for the Green Mill, which varies from $4-$15 depending on the popularity of the act for the night in question. The Green Mill keeps it’s doors open until 4 AM on Friday and 5 AM on Saturdays and provides a memorable after hours experience for your weekend in the Windy City.

Emporium Arcade Bar

Who said you can’t mix your love of drinking and video games? Emporium Arcade Bar is the perfect place for both, with locations in Wicker Park and Logan Square. Come out to either location for unique game events and tournaments, whether you enjoy classic games (like billiards or darts) or arcade games. You’ll also find beer events and some live shows on certain nights. Get your game on through 3 AM on any Saturday night!


The Underbar is a perfect after hours stop with a retro dive bar atmosphere. Patrons note that the Underbar is a more laid-back place that jams to 60s pop until 2AM, then switching over to smooth indie music from 2AM until 4AM. This bar isn’t usually as crowded as the others, so it’s the perfect place to end your night if you are trying to wind down and enjoy some craft beers or strong cocktails.