Matchbox

★★★★★
Check any notion of personal space at the door--this West Town watering hole is Chicago's most intimate bar.
  • 770 N Milwaukee Ave

    Chicago, IL 60622

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  • 312-666-9292

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Hours
Sun-Fri 4pm-2am Sat 4pm-3am

Food

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The patio outside of the Matchbox is my favorite place to be on a warm Chicago day. The bartenders mix classic cocktails to perfection. There are dozens of cigars available. and the food from the Palm is always excellent.

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★★★★★

The patio outside of the Matchbox is my favorite place to be on a warm Chicago day. The bartenders mix classic cocktails to perfection. There are dozens of cigars available. and the food from the Palm is always excellent.

Pros: Patio, bartenders and excellent food from the Palm

Cons: No cons

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To the last reviewer: Take a hint!! you get lousy service because your a lousy tipper...obviously you've never worked in the industry!!!

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★★★★★

To the last reviewer: Take a hint!! you get lousy service because your a lousy tipper...obviously you've never worked in the industry!!!

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I tend to be someone who can get a little claustrophobic, so I did not last long in this bar. My martini was fantastic (especially since I dont usually drink them), so if you dont made the "intimate" setting, then you may really like this bar.

3
★★★☆☆

I tend to be someone who can get a little claustrophobic, so I did not last long in this bar. My martini was fantastic (especially since I dont usually drink them), so if you dont made the "intimate" setting, then you may really like this bar.

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I have frequented the Matchbox in the past in hopes that I would have a good time there. I was there one night and was actually accused of being a "bad tipper!" How hard is it to tip a bottle of wine into a glass and how much do you

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★★★★★

I have frequented the Matchbox in the past in hopes that I would have a good time there. I was there one night and was actually accused of being a "bad tipper!" How hard is it to tip a bottle of wine into a glass and how much do you

Pros: Most of the drinks are expertly made

Cons: Service is not a word that applies to this establishment

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True to it's name the Matchbox is diminutive. What they lack in elbow room however, they make up for in value. Their bartenders make the BEST drinks in the city. You can go to any expensive night spot in the city and pay double but you

3
★★★★★

True to it's name the Matchbox is diminutive. What they lack in elbow room however, they make up for in value. Their bartenders make the BEST drinks in the city. You can go to any expensive night spot in the city and pay double but you

Pros: Great drinks, Good prices, friendly

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Martinis better than you'll find anywhere, which makes the place so much fun. You can't help but drink more than you should. As a result, a lot of breaking glasses, and spills. Go durng the day in summer and sit on the patio, watching

3
★★★★★

Martinis better than you'll find anywhere, which makes the place so much fun. You can't help but drink more than you should. As a result, a lot of breaking glasses, and spills. Go durng the day in summer and sit on the patio, watching

Pros: Patio, Martinis, Martin shakers

Cons: crowded, tight, yuppies

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Intimate is a very nice way of saying this place is way too small. Plus, when the door is closed, spending a couple of nights here will give you lung cancer from the second hand smoke. I literally had to climb over people to get to the

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★★★★★

Intimate is a very nice way of saying this place is way too small. Plus, when the door is closed, spending a couple of nights here will give you lung cancer from the second hand smoke. I literally had to climb over people to get to the

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I had a simply awful time here with my date. The service was painfully slow, the waiter spilled a drink on my date and he even poured us the wrong drinks...The food was not good and the atmosphere is hardly romantic.

3
★★★★★

I had a simply awful time here with my date. The service was painfully slow, the waiter spilled a drink on my date and he even poured us the wrong drinks...The food was not good and the atmosphere is hardly romantic.

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For the love of the martini.... my favorite lemon drop, by far the best in the city, made with fresh squeezed lemons. A place to come and leave attitude at the door. With it's close for comfort atmosphere you find a friend faster than you

3
★★★★★

For the love of the martini.... my favorite lemon drop, by far the best in the city, made with fresh squeezed lemons. A place to come and leave attitude at the door. With it's close for comfort atmosphere you find a friend faster than you

Pros: exellent drinks, wonderfull service, great frendly crowd

Cons: smokey

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A little off the beaten path - but totally worth it when you get there. I moved away from Chicago 3 years ago and can still taste their Cosmos like I was just there! Take the Blue Line to Chicago Ave. and you're there.

3
★★★★★

A little off the beaten path - but totally worth it when you get there. I moved away from Chicago 3 years ago and can still taste their Cosmos like I was just there! Take the Blue Line to Chicago Ave. and you're there.

Pros: Excellent Drinks, Consistently Good

Cons: Seating, Parking

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If you are a true connosieur of tavern life as I am, I'm talking I have been sauceing it up at five star resorts to skid row hole in the walls and by far this little tavern has it all. It has all the condiments in the world to make you

3
★★★★★

If you are a true connosieur of tavern life as I am, I'm talking I have been sauceing it up at five star resorts to skid row hole in the walls and by far this little tavern has it all. It has all the condiments in the world to make you

Pros: great drinks, parking, good music

Cons: crowded, crowded, crowded.

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I have been a fan of this deliciously tight little space since they opened. The drinks are first rate, the bartenders knowledgeable and friendly and the music is good too. The intimacy of the space makes people more "socially courageous"

3
★★★★★

I have been a fan of this deliciously tight little space since they opened. The drinks are first rate, the bartenders knowledgeable and friendly and the music is good too. The intimacy of the space makes people more "socially courageous"

Pros: super drinks, great bartenders

Cons: hard to get to, parking can be hard

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The place is small but the drinks pack a punch. If you are claustrophobic then stay away from this place. The vodka gimlet comes with a nice sugar edge which leaves your hands sticky. The service is good, the crowd is nice and the

3
★★★★★

The place is small but the drinks pack a punch. If you are claustrophobic then stay away from this place. The vodka gimlet comes with a nice sugar edge which leaves your hands sticky. The service is good, the crowd is nice and the

Pros: Quality of drinks, Service, People

Cons: Size of location

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Kitschy pop-culture memorabilia and candlelight add even more character to this unbelievably tight corner hangout. The bar and a dozen stools consume all but a few inches along the length of the narrow, window-lined…

 

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