Nestled near the friendly confines, Wrigleyville bars are typically loud enough to damage your hearing, expensive enough to drain your wallet and bursting with enough testosterone to make Arnold Schwarzenegger jealous. Nisei Lounge, however, marches to a different beat.
You could easily overlook this little dive. Its unassuming exterior matches the dimly lit, modest interior. But if you want an escape from a traditional Wrigleyville noise fest, this place will cure what ails you. That said, this is not a place to watch the game with your buddies or gals. The few TVs inside date back to the early '90s, which is fine; anything else would appear horribly out of place. Folks come to this watering hole to enjoy cheap drinks and good conversation, not obsess over balls and strikes.
The bar itself is particularly long and has plenty of seating. A pair of black lights, also from the last decade, lights the extensive bottled-beer selection behind the bar. A pool table, two dart boards and a few tables fill the remaining space. The regulars here are innumerable, and you'll feel right at home because of the friendly bartenders and comfortable atmosphere. A diverse selection of draft beers nicely complements the liquor assortment, ranging from the lowest of rails to your favorite top-shelf spirits. Wetting your whistle here is easier, too. While nearby bars struggle with large crowds, Nisei Lounge is rarely packed.
Centerstage Reviewer: John Kristoff