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Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

Address: 1615 Oak Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 

Phone: (224) 999-7320


Huge brewpub serving up good vibes.

Smylie Brothers has a lot to love, from the ample seating (including an outdoor patio) and small-batch brews to the smoked brisket and boozy popsicles. The pork belly poutine is not for the faint of heart (you can add an egg and bacon) but is recommended. Their combination of craft beer, cocktails, and wine—plus don't forget about those popsicles—earned Smylie a spot on the nightlife list.


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Sketchbook Brewing

Sketchbook Brewing

Address: 821 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: (847) 584-2337


A sustainable nano-brewery on the rise.

Although Sketchbook's brews can be found on tap in locations all over Evanston, their tap room combines a down-to-earth and cozy community atmosphere with a wide selection of fresh beers on draft. Catch a brewery tour and then order in food from nearby restaurants.


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Bourbon 'N Brass

Bourbon 'N Brass Speakeasy

Address: 1012 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: (847) 859-2021


By pushing on this mysterious bookshelf, Bourbon ‘n Brass transports patrons back to the prohibition era. This speakeasy is so fun it feels like a party at Gatsby’s house!


Enjoy happy hour or a night out with their signature ‘20s themed cocktails, such as the Flapper Girl Floozy or Berry Prosecco. The ambiance of the furniture feels both vintage and nostalgic, along with modern chic. Along with festive drinks, Bourbon ‘n Brass serves food from their restaurant parter, Rock ‘n Ravioli. A stage in the back allows for live jazz performances, where talented musicians add to the 20th century aesthetic.


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Address: 1245 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Phone: (847) 492-8860


Inviting live music venue with great acoustics.

Evanston’s best music venue is SPACE. It’s clear they really care about the music, and whether it be a local act or an international group that brings you to SPACE, each show is a top-quality experience. They don't cater to one specific audience or music and their schedule has something for everyone. The venue is also home to recording studios, where you just might be able to catch an intimate acoustic concert.