photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
It's game time, and your Cubs-happy buddy is dragging you through the streets of Lincoln Park in search of a television. The problem? You've got a Sox hat on and hate sports bars. The solution? Grab your friend and haul ass to Gamekeepers.
Really, this neighborhood spot is nothing more than a dive with a bunch of televisions. It might seem derogatory, but this simple truth is the key element to Gamekeepers' charm; it's not much, but it doesn't claim to be anything more than that, either. Zero pretense means the drinks come cheap, the bartenders stay friendly, and you can root for whatever damn team you please, without fear of being thrown through a window by some militant jock.
With over 30 televisions all tuned to different games, you'll get the fix you're after here. Be warned, though; the 20-year-old bar plays host to more than a dozen college groups, so during games, the small space overflows with hordes of drunken frat boys and sorority girls. When packed, it can take a few innings to get served.
Like any proper dive establishment, Gamekeepers skimps on the A.C., and the bathrooms resemble war zones, but nothing feeds tolerance like cheap beer and bar food—which brings us to Thursday nights. No bar in the city does Thursdays like Gamekeepers. With $6 pitchers and ten-cent wings, you can get your jollies for right around the new minimum wage—a true rarity in Lincoln Park.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: K. Tighe