Estelle's Cafe and Lounge

2013 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL, 60647, United States
(773) 782-0450
Latitude: 41.91047, Longitude: -87.67803


  • Monday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Sunday: 5:00 PM – 4:00 AM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 2.63 | Atmosphere: 2.50 | Service: 3.75
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emerge077 (360)
Friday 4th of June 2010 07:34:12 PM
Estelle's... not a beer bar, or even remotely close. 4am hookup scene, no thanks. Here are the better options within walking distance: Map Room, Piece, Handlebar, Rodan, Jerrys, etc. Hell, anywhere else.

This place is the last place you want to be in Wicker Park, believe me. Plenty of drunken debauchery and adult children here who can't handle their alcohol. Never attempted to eat here.

It's dark, dirty, and moderately sleazy... loud blaring rock & roll... pass.
Selection: 2 | Atmosphere: 1 | Service: 3.5 | Food: N/A

Stretch (2)
Monday 30th of June 2008 01:10:56 PM

This person needs 3 or more reviews on the site for their scores to start counting.

Lord know I love me some Estelle's, but a beer bar? I wouldn't say so. Yes it is a bar, and they do serve beer, but as the reviewer below mentioned, a pretty standard selection. Nothing unique or special. Prices are good though.
All that being said, I do love the place. Another 4am bar, it can be jammed wall-to-wall after 2am, especially on weekends and after shows at Subterranean next door. It can be a hipster haven, so if you have an aversion to them, you may want to steer clear.
There is a limited food menu that consists of almost entirely fried stuff. There's no kitchen, just a fry-a-lator and a grill behind the bar. The prices seemed a little steep for what essentially amounts to fast food crap, but whatever. It's not exactly the type of place you go to eat. I had the fried mushrooms once, they were fine. I'm sure it's hard to fuck up fried mushrooms though.
Staff is good and service is as prompt as humanly possible. Someone there must love Queens Of The Stone Age, as I usually hear a few of their songs during a visit. Fine by me.
Try to score a booth if you can.
Selection: 2.75 | Atmosphere: 4.25 | Service: 4.5 | Food: 2.25

pudgym29 (55)
Saturday 1st of March 2008 04:45:37 PM
Estelle's is another bar in the vicinity of North, Damen, & Milwaukee Aves. (Bucktown | Wicker Park). It is just around the corner from the Damen station on the Blue Line β€œL”. (No waiting for the traffic signal to change.)
It is a 4 AM bar. Maybe you read that article in _NewCity_ in which someone sat on a barstool all evening one Saturday, not having any licensed beverages; but observing the room. The article did a good job at capsulating the look and feel here.
The beers are mostly macros. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Goose Island 312, and a Samuel Adams seasonal are about as close as you will get to a craft beer.
Food is available. On some nights, it is a good deal, and the staff will encourage you to order something. (Estelle's occasionally appears in the listings under 'The Well' in the Chicago Reader.)
When I was here, I left before midnight on a weeknight. If you read reviews about here on other web fora, you will see descriptions spanning the entire spectrum from 'I loved it' to 'I was sexually assaulted'. Your mileage may vary. Without sounding unconcerned about the place; I would utter that every big city should have a bar like Estelle's.
Selection: 3.25 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A

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