To some, it seems like Butch McGuire's has anchored the Rush and Division bar scene since the beginning of time, and it very nearly has. It's been a staple since the advent of the singles bar, when Hugh Hefner used to stop in. Since its '60s opening, Butch McGuire's has served spirits to more than one generation, withstanding the test of time and proving that a simple, classic bar will never go out of style. As its neighbors became crazy dance clubs and trendy lounges, Butch's stood stoically amidst the chaos. Kitchy memorabilia dangles from the ceilings and walls, but don’t mistake it for unoriginality; it was bars like Butch's that taught places like TGI Friday's how to do it right.
In fact, Butch's is well known for its decked-out holiday ceilings, complete with running model train. The tabletops and bar look like they were made to last through thick mug after thick mug of beer being set solidly atop the polished wood. Manual scoring is necessary for the dart boards, which are right behind a second bar in back that's rarely manned or stocked. A side room that's open primarily for noshing on pub food closes just when it's needed most: Shortly after the droves of partiers start combing Division for drinks.
If you can find a seat by the large, street-side windows, watch the parade hop from one club to the next and enjoy that you’re warm, relaxed and not them. In the end, Butch's is where you want to go to drink with your frat buddies when you're all grown up (or at least more grown up).
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Lauren Ziel
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