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“Great place to bowl”

Southport Lanes & Billiards
Ranked #1,296 of 9,608 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Neighborhood: Lakeview
Description: Southport Lanes & Billiards is a friendly neighborhood bar with a rich history. Built in the 1900s as an original Schlitz pub, Southport celebrates its beer history with over 30 craft beers on draft. Southport's private bowling and billiards rooms are great for special occasions or just relaxing evenings.
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“Great place to bowl”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

Great place to bowl! Good beer list. Decent food. Great location. They have manually reset bowling pins with guys in the back putting the pins back up. It's unreal.

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Indianapolis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not just adults”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

We thought this place would be a great spot for a group of guys to play ping pong and pool while having some beers. When we walked in, there was a litte girl's birthday party going on with clowns and everything. Plus they did not have ping pong tables even set up. Very average place and not worth the effort to get there.

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Historic Schlitz-Tied House; Well-Preserved & Worth the Visit”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

If you are a history buff; especially when it comes to small vernacular neighborhood bars constructed in the late 19th-Century, early 20th-Century, then you must make a pilgrimage to Southport Lanes. And its easy to get to - just take the Brown-Line, walk one block, and there it is.

The bar is well preserved, the service was attentive, and the food was surprisingly very good. (I say "surprisingly" because, by default, you always have to be suspicious of bar food in order not to be disappointed). The food here was good.

And of course, the beer was excellent and reasonably price.

In short, this is a bar you could easily hang out with your friends (or a date) for a couple of hours. The bar has a very relaxing atmosphere.

I will definitely be returning soon.

  • Visited August 2011
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San Francisco, California
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“A great staple. Good bar food, great entertainment”
Reviewed July 28, 2011

This is a neigborhood favorite of mine.
Therse a good selectio of food and drink here, with freindly efficient staff.
But the best things about the place are the Pool room in the back and the hand set bowling alley to the side.
The tables and lanes are rented by the hour and make a great way to pass the time with a couple of buddies.

  • Visited July 2011
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“order grilled cheese for...”
Reviewed January 20, 2008

order grilled cheese for take out and have a beer and people watch while you wait.

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