Great vibes set the tone for a great time. When you dig the energy, you’re relaxed, comfortable, and more likely to have a memorable time out. So, skip your go-to bar and take a bet on these SlotDawg locations in Illinois. Go for the slots, stay for the atmosphere…and more slots.
Tropical Vibes: Dawn’s Beach Hut, St. Charles
Get away to the tropics all year long at this cozy, casual oasis. Dawn’s Beach Hut radiates vibes of the island huts that dot the Florida Keys, with surfboards lining the walls and seashells dangling from breezy ceiling fans. The straw hut bar is front and center, and regulars say the cocktails are life-changing. Dive into classics or try something special like the Funky Monkey, a frozen mix of banana, ice cream, chocolate, and rum. Sip, play slots, and soak in sounds of the Caribbean. Far out!
Friendly Vibes: The Friendly Tap, Berwyn
Make a friend at this legendary establishment just outside Chicago. Since the early 1930s, the brick building has played home to a butcher shop, liquor store and eventually, a neighborhood tavern. For more than three decades, owner Bob Rolder welcomed customers by name. In 2007, musician Rob Pierce bought the bar. He has preserved its warm atmosphere (Rolder’s slogan, “You are a stranger here but once,” remains the motto) while building on its history as a community center. Today, The Friendly Tap celebrates all things local with a bar, coffee lounge, and folk music school. So, make a day of it with a coffee, music lesson, and round of slots.
Throwback Vibes: Fast Eddie’s Bon Air, Alton
For your next #ThrowbackThursday, make a pit stop at Fast Eddie’s Bon Air. In 1921, Anheuser-Busch opened the bar in Alton, a Mississippi River town 25 miles north of the brewer’s St. Louis headquarters. Ten years later, it became illegal for breweries to own drinking establishments. Anheuser-Busch sold the bar, but the doors stayed open. In fact, Fast Eddie’s has grown from 80 chairs to more than 400. Today you’ll find a massive establishment with multiple bars, a dance floor, stage, and outdoor seating area. Take a break from slots with live entertainment and a plate from the kitchen, like homemade bratwurst or peel-and-eat shrimp.
Groovy Vibes: Liquid Blues, Woodstock
This totally groovy bar throws it back to the ‘60s. It’s located off the square in downtown Woodstock, a town made famous by the movie “Groundhog Day.” Inside you’ll walk through beaded curtains, dine at tie-dye tables, and drink small-batch spirits at a bar decked out in lava lamps and neon string lights. Keep your eyes peeled for actor Bill Murray, who may stop by for a drink. On top of slots, Liquid Blues offers an award-winning atmosphere and Friday Fish Fry.
One-of-a-Kind Vibes: The Hangar 9, Carbondale
Have you ever played slots in an airplane hangar? Yep, there’s a first time for everything. Take off for Carbondale, the home of Southern Illinois University and Hangar 9, which is built to look like an airplane hangar. This striking live music venue features two levels, a stage and dance floor for musical performances, trivia, open mic nights, and karaoke. Garage doors on the main level open up to a big beer garden, where you can sip from dozens of specialty beers and 18 rotating taps.