Looking to shake up your usual routine of neighborhood dive bars and upscale lounges? Why not try something a little more exciting like a themed bar? If you are unfamiliar, themed bars and restaurants focus on more than just cocktails and drinks. They standout with their cool concepts, catchy ambiance, and uncanny service.
Chicago is home to many of these types of establishments which should come as no surprise given the city’s well-known dining scene. From retro throwback spots to whimsical wonderlands, these dining destinations will take you on a journey that will indulge all your senses.
Read on and explore the most interactive and interesting themed bars and restaurants in Chicago.
Theme: German bar popular during the winter holiday season
A Chicago institution, The Berghoff brings a touch of holiday nostalgia with its rich history and German-inspired fare. The festive ambiance, complete with classic wooden fixtures and an extensive beer selection, makes it a perennial holiday favorite.
Beauty Bar Chicago
Theme: 1960’s Hair Salon
Dance like nobody(or everybody) is watching at Beauty Bar Chicago in the West Town neighborhood. Modeled after a 1960’s hair salon, this is a popular bar and nightclub. The Chicago staple offers a range of exciting experiences and themes to keep you dancing all night long.
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Theme: 1950’s Diner
Step into a time machine at Ed Debevic’s, where the ’50s diner charm and entertaining staff create a lively atmosphere. The popular restaurant is known for their all-day breakfast classics and snarky servers.
Theme: Tiki Lounge
The tropical haven of the Bamboo Club in Wrigleyville offers a unique twist on a tiki lounge. The popular bar offers exotic cocktails, and vibrant atmosphere, that brings island vibes all year long.
Theme: Everchanging popular culture pop-ups
Replay in Lincoln Park is a pop-up paradise with ever changing themes. They also have two other locations in Lakeview and Andersonville that offer an extensive collection of vintage games, neon lights, and upbeat energy.
Snakes & Lattes
Theme: Board Games
Snakes & Lattes in Logan Square and Bucktown offers a unique dining experience that combines board games with delicious food. The interactive space invites guests to connect with each other and create lasting memories, both with new and old friends.
King of Cups
Theme: Mythical/ Monarchy
Located in Lincoln Park, King of Cups is an intimate bar that features nightly tarot card readings and eclectic entertainment. The also offer tarot card reading for those patros with an extra curious palate.
Located in thepopular nightlife area River North, is the Bunny Slope. This ski lodge-inspired decor, cozy seating, and winter-themed cocktails, it’s a retro escape in the heart of the city. The best way(and only way) is to enjoy this bar with a large group of friends.
Lost Reef Lounge
Lost Reef Lounge is a nautical-themed bar in Lakeview that invites patrons to embark on an underwater adventure. The maritime decor, enchanting fish tanks, and seafood-focused menu create a seaside atmosphere that is truly unique.
Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney
Theme: Wifi free bookbar
Kibbitznest is a one-of-a-kind bookstore doubles as a community meeting space, bar, and low-tech chill zone. Say goodbye to wifi and hello to creativity and conversation at this uncommon concept in Chicago.