Unpretentious and welcoming in many ways, Beachwood Inn is a conglomeration of a lot of great things: cheap beer, good deals, good people and eye-catching decor. Tucked away at the corner of Beach and Wood (just a few steps from Milwaukee), this neighborhood bar acts as a much needed retreat from the busier spots in Wicker Park
. Come with a group, come alone or bring a date; any way you choose, you'll be happy you did.
Inside the dimly-lit bar, you'll find a decent amount of seating (booths, tables and chairs at the bar). There's a good mix of bottled beers with standards like Guinness, Red Stripe and PBR, as well as craft brews including Bell's and Half Acre. Domestics will put you back $3.75, imports $4.75. The bar offers good deals throughout the week, including Tuesday and Friday nights where a bottle of Bell's is only $3.50 – something you just can't beat. The bar is cash only, so plan ahead. Also, if you're hungry, feel free to bring in your own food as potato chips are the only fare you'll find.
The Beachwood Inn has a wild display of decorations that are well worth a look. With a lava lamp at the bar, an antique dentist chair in the corner and walls covered with a completely illogical collection of posters, it's truly a hodgepodge hub. The jukebox holds a selection of music that shares the same mantra as the scenery, rolling out random tunes from the Bangles and Right Said Fred to Ryan Adams and Rod Stuart. There's a pool table in the back as well as a plethora of board games and paperback books. If you need a relaxed night out, stopping in for a good beer over a fierce match of Connect Four may just do the trick.
Centerstage Reviewer: Katie Piepel