Just steps from Wrigley Field, Dark Horse Tap and Grille sees its share of baseball fans. But it's during football season that things get interesting. On Sundays in the fall, this Chicago sports bar transforms into a haven for Pittsburgh Steelers fans; but the steel-city expats move aside on Saturdays, when Dark Horse becomes home-away-from-home for University of Michigan Wolverines.
The one-room bar is chock full of flat-screen TVs, so you can watch the game from just about any seat in the house. Sidewalk tables in front offer a quieter place to sip a beer and nibble a burger, and a small beer garden out back provides even more seating.
The facade evokes an English pub, but the vibe inside is All-American. Food offerings include meatloaf, hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken and, of course, the Philly cheesesteak. Just about everything is under $10, and daily specials (like $1 burgers on Mondays) bring even better values. The taps flow with domestic brews at average prices, giving this neighborhood pub a neighborly attitude.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Aimee Hall