There’s a lot to love about Guthrie’s – rotating craft brews on draft, the BYO food policy, the neighborhood vibe. However, my favorite part about Guthrie’s is that it is a board game bar. Walk right into Guthrie’s and on your right hand side, you will see a huge-floor-to ceiling bookcase that’s filled with games. You can pretty much find any game here. There are childhood favorites like Life and Sorry, more contemporary games like Cards Against Humanity, and straight up old-school games like Othello and Battleship.
Also, Guthrie’s doesn’t really serve food, but they have a tin bucket on the bar that’s full of takeout menus from surrounding restaurants. You can call and get your food delivered right to Guthrie’s, or you can swing by the grocery store or neighboring pizza joints to bring your own snacks.
This is a go-to weeknight date spot in Chicago, so you’ll definitely overhear a lot of awkward first date conversations. On weekends, Guthrie’s gets backed with groups of friends who went to hang out, drink beers, and play group games for the night. If you plan to check out Guthrie’s on a Friday or Saturday, get there early to snag a table.