4 Douchiest Bars in Chicago

Almost every bar you go to will inherently attract a douchebag or two, but, as it goes, some bars are just filled with them.

Here’s a free tip on how to spot a “douchey” Chicago bar from a mile away: When you walk into a place and you’re immediately hit with that feeling of “this might’ve been cool when I turned 21 but now I’m slightly embarrassed to be here,” and instantly confronted with scenes of girls visibly uncomfortable in their heels and guys trying desperately to get their attention, standing around listening to the music and appearing to have fun (but are they really?), you know you’ve crossed into douche territory. With that harrowing image in your mind, here are the hotspots to watch out for. And yes, this is an updated list because 3 of the 4 douchiest bars we had before are permanently closed (gee, we wonder why?) We do this because we care about you, okay?

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The Underground Chicago

56 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654

For starters, even the website for this River North spot is douchey. If you’re a guy, don’t count on getting in unless you’re rich or with a horde of women. (Yikes, what year is this?) While regular douches may be pretty bad, rich douches are even worse, and this place is full of them. Be warned – amidst all the douchery, the bouncers here might actually be the douchiest of them all, as they’re notoriously known for denying people entry simply if they don’t like the way you look. (Again, WHAT YEAR IS THIS?) Judging by what’s going on inside, do yourself a favor and don’t bother. You’ll be glad you turned yourself away, given that on Yelp folks say that this place is “a literal cesspool.”

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El Hefe

15 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

You knew this would be on the list, and if you didn’t, well… (We won’t say it.) El Hefe is notorious for not only having douchey clientele (ever waited 45 minutes in line behind a guy who won’t stop talking about how much cocaine he’s done that night?) but also having the douchiest staff. We think the recent lawsuit they have against them regarding an assault that was ignored by staff speaks enough for itself, but if it doesn’t, can we point you to their Yelp page? Every third review points to rude bouncers, watered-down drinks, and overall, just abysmal service.

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TAO Chicago

632 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654

TAO Chicago exists in the city with inspiration from TAO Downtown in New York, one of the douchiest cities if you ask us (that’s a different list for sure), so it’s no surprise that it attracts some of the worst of the worst in terms of Chicago bar clientele. But TAO Chicago makes sure to keep their service matching their clientele, with long wait times even when the place isn’t busy, roughly prepared food (according to their Yelp page, they often mess up their potatoes, how do you do that?), and extremely rude staff. Buyer (or patron, in this case) beware!

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Sluggers

3540 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Look, we get it, the Cubs broke the curse, and we’re really happy for y’all and for the city, but maybe we need another 100-year losing streak to check some of the egos here. If you’re looking for a place to find a chorus of drunk sports bros and chicks singing an off-key rendition of “Go! Cubs! Go!” please, look no further. Like many ‘fine establishments’ (note the sarcasm) on this list, the staff here also embodies 0 charm, being quoted as rude and inattentive on Yelp, especially when things start getting busy on game day.

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All in all, you should avoid all these locations if you’re looking to have a genuinely fun, somewhat douche-free night out. Unless, of course, that’s your thing. Then by all means, have at it.

 

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    Cezary
    Posted Dec 30, 2017 12:19 pm 0Likes

    “If you’re looking to go out for a night in the West Loop, trust us, this area has way more to offer than The MID –>> the place that one friend everyone has inevitably tries to convince the group to go to.<<" wtf kind of construction is that? Lol. Maybe, the place to which that one friend that everyone has inevitably tries to convince the group to go? Eh, i dunno, im just an immigrant, lol

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    Steve
    Posted Dec 11, 2017 12:46 pm 0Likes

    By the way i work security all over chicago and this article is spot on 100% accurate.

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    Jessica
    Posted Nov 9, 2017 9:50 am 0Likes

    I nominate Social 25! Should totally be on the list. I’ve had guy friends get turned away at the door for improper dress code, but really, it was just bc they weren’t as pretty as the rest of the folks in there.

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      Steve
      Posted Dec 11, 2017 12:43 pm 0Likes

      I agree 100 percent social 25 but also paris club is just as douche as underground as well as el hefe should be on the list, both clubs in river north on hubbard street.

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    Lemmy
    Posted Oct 19, 2017 6:12 pm 0Likes

    “Venture elsewhere in Wrigleyville” should be revised to “Venture anywhere else BUT Wrigleyville (or River North)” if you’re trying to avoid douchebaggery.

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