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Crabbby Kim’s

by Matt B on June 28th, 2007

Alright, gentlemen. I hear you. Sometimes you’re not looking for a trendy club or a stylish bar. Sometimes, you just need a place where you can grab a beer, hang out with the guys, and watch the game. If you’re in the mood for a no-frills neighborhood sports bar, you might want to check out Crabbby Kim’s Bikini Bar.

bikiniAnd just why is this establishment called a “Bikini Bar”? Because all the female bartenders wear skimpy two-piece bikinis every night, all year long. The Hooters franchise has got nothing on these ladies.

If you can manage to peel your eyes away from the wonderful women who leave very little to the imagination, the bar looks like your typical testosterone-driven, friendly dive bar. Dimly lit and rough around the edges, Crabbby Kim’s is decorated with baseball memorabilia, hanging surf boards, cheesy baseball-shaped light fixtures, sports-tuned televisions, electronic dart boards, neon beer signs, pin-up posters of scantily-clad women, and of course, “Golden Tee.” Blue-collar domestic-beer drinkers make selections from the occasionally-plugged-in jukebox full of ’90s hits.

And just in case you’re wondering, the extra ‘B’ in Crabbby’s was due to a printing error. A t-shirt company misprinted the bar’s name, and the surly owner didn’t want to wait for a reprint, so the name stuck. Rumor has it, Kim’s so crabby, he deserves the extra ‘B’ anyway.

But really, did I have to say much more than “girls in bikinis”?

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Photo credit: Todd Ehlers

Crabbby Kim’s Bikini Bar: 3655 N Western Ave; 773-404-8156
Mon - Fri: 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.
Sun: 11:00 a.m. - 12 midnight
Street parking difficult
Public trans: Bus # 49, X49, 152

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5 opinions for Crabbby Kim’s

  • Alex
    Jun 28, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Sounds like a cool place to stop in for a cold one in Chicago. But being that I am married the wife would probably not approve. There is a bikini bar in Tampa near where we live but I haven’t been, I imagine it’s similar to Crabby’s though. Tampa has extremely lax strip club laws though, well the way they are enforced anyways. My bud and I used to drive from Orlando just for the strip clubs!

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  • Jason
    Oct 26, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    I absolutely love and recommend Crabbby Kim’s. Its a good place to kick back and relax while watch the cubs and some boobs. Bartenders are so down to earth not to mention hot. Definately a must visit.

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