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Carol's Pub

View Map4659 N. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 334-2402
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Editorial Review of Carol's Pub

It's not often that a bouncer hugs you after checking your ID, but it happened at Carol's. The occasion? We're both from Ohio!

A welcome break from bars that are too cool for, well, anyone cool, Carol's attracts a friendly crowd all week long with $7 pitchers of Old Style/MGD/Miller Lite ($12 after 9 p.m.), and some of the best honky-tonk this side of Nashville. The kitchen serves classic bar food: cheeseburgers, fries and finger-licking hot wings.

During the week, it's mostly regulars who exchange stories at the two-sided bar, and the communal intimacy of long wooden tables (reminiscent of the C&W joint in Blues Bros.) makes it easy to find an opponent for darts, or a supportive audience for country karaoke (Tuesday and Thursday nights). An occasional stranger does take a seat, though: On our last visit, my date and I were devastated to learn that we'd just missed Death Cab For Cutie stopping in for a post-gig unwind.

On weekends, the authentic house band and dance floor draw a crowd that mixes the young and hip with aging transplants from Southern states. Squeeze your way through the masses and ask a Stetson-wearing stranger to do-si-do. No matter what parts you're from, the vibe at Carol's will have you feeling right at home in no time.

Average cost: <$10

Centerstage Reviewer: Julia Steinberger

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9 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Tuesday; 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, Sunday; 11 a.m.-5 a.m. Saturday

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