Bars, Dinner, River North

Bull & Bear

Bull & Bear
Dinner (Also serving Afternoon and Brunch), Bar

Neighborhood: Old Town
Address: 431 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone Number: (312) 527-5973
Website

Price Range: $9-20, additional $5-14 per alcoholic beverage
Our Rating: 2.5 out of 5 for dining, 4.5 of 5 for bar scene

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$30 Pitcher of Homemade Red Sangria (looks better than it tastes)

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Southwestern Salad: blackened grilled chicken, crisp romaine, napa cabbage, black beans, monterey jack (not pictured), aged cheddar, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, cilantro, chipotle lime vinaigrette

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Asian Skirt Steak Salad: mixed greens, green bean, cherry tomato, carrot, red & yellow bell pepper, crispy wonton strips, honey-miso vinaigrette

What We Tried: Homemade Red Sangria, Asian Skirt Steak Salad, Southwestern Salad, Grilled Steak Tacos

Our Take: Subpar. Our first time at Bull & Bear was for a mid-week dinner out, and we were less than impressed. The homemade Sangria (far inferior to the sangria at Citizen) reminded us of our raspberry Kool-Aid days, and really, who actually enjoyed Kool-Aid? The salads were definitely light on the toppings despite their appealing descriptions (ex: compare the Asian Skirt Steak Salad description with the picture), and the tacos were just okay. We did end up returning later in the week for a fundraiser bar event, and to our surprise ended up having a great time. It was a great scene with even better specials. All in all, Bull & Bear is not a lost cause, as long as you don’t actually eat there. 

-Meredith

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