The California Clipper
Iconic bar with a retro vibe
Bar · Humboldt Park · $$
This circa-1937 Humboldt Park bar offers a huge drink list including shots and shaved ice drinks. The setting has a divey, retro vibe with low, glowing lighting, booths and local live music.
hours Open Today · 8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
8:00 PM - 1:30 AM
location 1002 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622, United States phone +1 773-384-2547 website directions Get Directions
Known For
Great cocktails
Great cocktails
Google Reviews
Really great gem. Had a friend who lived in the neighborhood years ago, before it had begun to gentrify. The clipper was there then and I believe had been for awhile. It's the real deal.
Dominic Ronzani · March 17, 2018
I'm generally wary of the burgeoning cocktail industry, but this place has made me reconsider. I first came for a Tinder meetup on a Friday. There was a large crowd to see Sam Trump play. He was excellent, and the sound was good. I only had a Scotch. My second time, I met yet another Tinder date before the evening's band went up. I decided to do it right. I had an old-fashioned, and a second drink that consisted only of absinthe and rye. I also had my first shot of Malort, which is a Chicago rite of passage. This was a good night. The atmosphere is great for a conversation prior to the band coming on. 8 pm is a good time to meet and talk. Once the music is on, it becomes a noisy venue that also serves cocktails, which is fine as long as the band is good. Next time, I think I'll go just for the music.
Christopher Owen · February 24, 2018
Hip cocktail bar and music venue. Pricy mixed drinks, but good. Nice stage but the sound system needs work. I'm no regular so place seems a little impersonal to me - never encountered anyone who works there who didn't just seem like hired help. And this is not a Clipper exclusive, but when are clubs going to do a better job of helping patrons deal with heavy winter clothing? (Bravo Martyrs, Hideout and others who put up coat hooks.)
Motorola Support Forums · January 7, 2018