Snuggled on the corner of Iowa and Rockwell near Humboldt Park, Archie’s success lies in the fact that not every “cooler than thou” hipster infests the place—only the real folks in the ‘hood. Calling Archie’s a dive bar seems presumptuous, but with the faded Hamm’s sign hanging outside, it could be easily mistaken for one of the local townie bars. Cheap beer and free pool are the main draws: Hamm’s is $2 every day and the likes of Goose Island and Stella are only $3 on some days. Heck, Archie’s doesn’t even sell PBR.
2600 West Iowa
Best of Chicago 2009