Wildcats are bound to go wild at Nevin's.
So, you didn't make the trip to Tampa to watch Northwestern battle Auburn in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day, preferring to save your cash for a New Year's Eve bash. That's ok. Because you can still find all the rabid energy of a typical NU game (yes, that was a little bit of a joke) right here in the Chicago area. Here's where the alums are likely to gather come kickoff at 10 a.m.
Lion Head Pub
Like last year (when the 'Cats lost a close one to Missouri), the Northwestern Club of Chicago will host its official bowl watch party at this Lincoln Park bar. Specials include $10 buckets of Bud products, though you may want to go straight for the three-foot-tall table-tappers. A full breakfast menu will be available, so get there early and secure a table.
This recently opened Wrigleyville spot (whose name pays homage to an acapella group on campus) may be too new to draw a huge purple-wearing crowd, which makes it likely you can snag a seat for the big game. And with $5 burgers and $7 pitchers of Miller Lite on the menu, you'll likely want to hang out all day.
If the website at this Lincoln Park "Irish" bar is up to date (which is risky to assume, considering the promo for St. Patrick's Day), you can get $2.50 domestic pints and bottles, plus $3 Stoli Peach cocktails on Friday. But regardless of what you're drinking, you're likely to find a few fellow fans to drink it with; this has been a popular gathering spot for NU alums for some time.
Tommy Nevin's Pub
If there are any students around campus, this is where they'll be. We're guessing the banquet room at this Evanston pub will be decked out in NU colors, and the fight song will be heard several times. Fridays feature $5 shots of Jack Daniels and SoCo Lime - if you can handle them before noon.
Mullen's on Clark
This Wrigleyville bar may advertise an affiliation with Michigan State, but you can bet that there's still some remaining NU love here (the owners also run Wildcat favorite Mark II Lounge, aka the Deuce, in Rogers Park). Friday specials include $3 bottles of Miller Lite, $3.50 drafts of Shiner Bock, $5 grape bombs, $5 fish and chips and $6 fish tacos.