4641 N. Rockwell
6:30pm, Wednesday, September 1
Price of Old Style: $2.50 bottles
Time Out Sports Bar is just north of the upscale Ravenswood Gardens and Ravenswood Manor, part of a beautiful stretch of retail shops just off the Rockwood stop on the CTA Brown Line. It's a great location, and one of the few areas where the El runs on ground level. Our soon to be imprisoned ex-Governor lived a few blocks from this place -- wonder if he ever stopped in for a beer?
I wasn't going to do a write up on this particular visit, because I was hoping for a more exciting experience. I thought about coming back on a Thursday or Friday night, but then I realized that this visit was the true representation of an Old Style Bar.
We watched Wheel of Fortune.
Yep. My brother and I stopped by before our softball game so it was a bit early. There were 4 people at the bar, one who looked like Stanley from The Office, another who sounded just like Wanda Sykes, a guy drinking Powers and Coke, and another guy having a very tough time trying to figure out what to order for delivery. Gotta love bars that let you order in... Anyway, the point is that neither of these 4 came in together...but they all knew each other and were having a fun time watching Pat & Vanna.
Isn't this what a neighborhood bar is all about? People stopping in after a long day at work, having a beer or cocktail before they head home... Maybe they have someone to come home to, maybe they don't. Regardless, their neighborhood bar is a second home...a place they feel comfortable. Maybe they choose to share their problems/stories with the bartender, maybe they don't. We had a great time chatting with the folks at the bar and then went off to softball. This place is a great companion bar to Loafer's, right up the street on Rockwell and Lawrence.