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Happy Village gives you exactly what the bar is named after: a happy, friendly, game-filled night with reasonably priced drinks and a unique, untouched atmosphere. The dive bar located in the Ukrainian Village has been around for more than 50 years but not much has changed, including their price of drinks. The locals have loved the back yard beer garden that features a Koi fish pond and ping pong tables, where a friendly competition never gets old. The old-school bar keeps its traditional cash-only policy, yet attracting an old and new crowd for a timelessly fun night.
Although the bar does not have a website, it’s quite certain that any local near the area could tell a story or two about Happy Village. It is best to eat before or after you visit Happy Village as they do not offer food, but a few have spotted the tamale guy to be just outside of the bar for a quick bite.
A turning point for the old-school dive bar has been set in October of 2018, where the East Village Association approved of the plan to remodel the bar into a gastro-pub, with renovations including a sunroom and modern style exterior. However, some regulars are still skeptical about the change and its unanswered question for the renovations.
In the meantime, the dive bar is yet a local’s favorite with cheap drinks and an old timers ambiance that will transport anyone to old Chicago.