Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 AM-2 AM, Saturday 11 AM-3 AM Friday, Sunday 11 AM-2 AM
Kitschy, comfortable lounge with a marvelous vintage marquee and affordable pitchers.
If the vintage marquee and "Welcome U of C Students!" banner don't make you feel all warm and fuzzy, the Croatian grog might. Karlovacko, slightly fruity with a mild body, is one of the Cove's staple bottled brews, with sops like Goose Island on tap. There's foosball, darts, a captain's wheel clock, an old-fashioned cigarette machine, and what may be a singing fish mounted above the nautical-themed bar. The Cove isn't hip, but it's first-rate for some good-natured lounging. Regulars watch the game on comfy stools and family-style benches, and unlike some other local joints, it's not overrun with students. —Jena Cutie