Lottie’s Dive Bar Pub Crawl

An inside tour of three of Chicago watering holes.

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An apology needs to go out to this gentleman for interrupting his Sunday afternoon routine. How would you feel if a few dozen tipsy people suddenly poured into your regular watering hole and decided to shake things up?
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But that's exactly what happens once a year when Lottie's Pub hosts it's Dive Bar Pub crawl, hitting three bars throughout the city, with their locations kept a secret until the crew gets there.
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A large group of revelers piled into two school buses for the trip.
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Get on the bus, lush.
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"Road pops" are handed out for the ride.
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Frank and Mary's Tavern at 2905 N Elston was the first stop for the crawl.
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Our drink of choice at Frank & Mary's? A round of Pabst, which will set you back $6.
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Vince Vaughn approved.
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The crew could have hung around all afternoon, but there were other dive bars to hit. So it was back on the bus, ...
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... and off to Fuller's Pub in the Irving Park neighborhood.
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Chances are you'll find the owner, Suz, behind the bar, ready to whip up whatever you're thirsty for.
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Then there's Grace, the magic mixologist famous for her exotic cocktails with five or more ingredients.
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The drink of choice? These mini Miller High Life bottles. This round of three will set you back $4.50.
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Needless to say, the crew was starting to get festive.
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Fullers has plenty of TVs to watch the game, DJs on the weekend and trivia nights.
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What good dive bar worth its salt doesn't have a wide selection on the jukebox?
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Suz had such a good time, she didn't want to see the crew leave.
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But there was a schedule to keep and more stops to make.
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Road pops.
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Everyone was feeling pretty good by the time the buses reach the North Center neighorhood.
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Save More Lounge (4060 Lincoln Avenue) is a casual spot that revels in its dive bar status.
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The most welcome sight was the help yourself chili buffet. Well, it was a crockpot, but that's sort of like a buffet.
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The drink of choice? A round of Busch bottles will run you $6.
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It's cash only, and make sure you bring it with you, because there's no ATM.
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All it took was Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" for things to explode into a full out dance party.
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Alas, the crew couldn't stay all night. It was time to leave.
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Ladies, easy on the bus drama!
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The buses ended up back at Lottie's, but the party was far from over.
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Yup, it was karaoke time!
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