In a city where bars charge $5 for a can of Bud Light during baseball season, you might think the days of scoring a pitcher of beer for a five-spot are long over. But Time Out Sports Bar, located spitting distance (almost literally) from Lincoln Square's Rockwell stop on the Brown Line, sells pitchers of domestic beer—on select nights—for $5. And it's even a place where you don't feel like you have to burn your pants after sitting on a grungy barstool.
An Old Style sign and neon-accented window so small it belongs on a prison cell identify the exterior of Time Out. The inside has rec room-standard wood accents, a pool table and a jukebox—nothing you haven't seen before—but it exudes an inviting vibe with minimal attitude.
On any given night, old-timers, sports fanatics, regular locals and girls-night-out groups fill the room. A poster hangs over the bar to honor a neighborhood officer killed in the line of duty and serves as a reminder of Time Out's "cop bar" status.
If you walk in with a $20 bill, you can almost certainly stumble out with money left over. With $5 pitcher specials on Wednesday and Friday, $2 well drinks on Tuesday and Saturday, and cheap domestic drafts every day, Time Out is "game on" when it comes to your wallet.
Centerstage Reviewer: Karl Klockars