Whether you're looking to brush up on your singing skills or enjoy an evening watching others try, Louie's Pub fits the bill. A neighborhood, family-owned bar since 1987, the Wicker Park pub serves as a laid-back spot where regulars come to watch the game and relax over a bottle of brew during the day, and neighborhood locals take to the mic at night.
Come in any evening Louie's is open and you'll find a non-pretentious karaoke session suited for all levels of singers. Regulars, stand-outs and musicians just coming in to practice can be found wooing the crowds in the spacious front room. A bevy of musical choices along with a cordless mic that allows songsters to wander anywhere in the bar make for some interesting antics, to say the least. If you want a chance on the mic, get here early Friday and Saturday nights, as tables go fast.
If you’re not in the mood for a song, grab a beer and head to the back room where additional seating and a popular pool table offer a refuge from the music. On tap, Irish beers reign supreme with Guinness, Smithwick's, Harp or Killian's at $6 a pop, while the bottle list includes run-of-the-mill regulars (Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, 312, PBR, Old Style) ranging from $3-$4.50. While you're waiting for your drink, admire the old black and white photographs lining the top of the bar – they're of the original owner and his son (the pub's namesake), Louie.
Looking for a deal? Come in Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $1 cans of Hamm's and Schlitz. Louie’s doesn’t serve up any food, but freshly popped popcorn is always available for a mid-song snack. And if you’re really hankering for an after-hours binge, just head down the street to the Hollywood Grill.
Centerstage Reviewer: Katie Piepel