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Apologies for the hyperbole, but Wrigleyville is the worst, especially after the sun goes down. The sidewalks are overcrowded with dead-eyed, zombielike drunks hopping from one loud bar to the next in an endless quest to get blitzed beyond repair. It’s a fine place if that’s your prerogative, but it’s not much fun for the rest of us, especially if, like me, you don’t drink. It’d be easy enough to avoid the area if it wasn’t also the home to some great venues for entertainment—there’s Metro, iO, Wrigley Field (duh), and, though slightly outside the magnificent mile of bro bars (but still close enough to its heart), the Music Box. Fortunately if you find yourself in the neighborhood with time to kill there’s one place you can hold up and not be bombarded by inebriated dudes: Guthrie’s Tavern. It’s a cozy, calm spot that’s kind of like hanging out in your grandparents’ basement, thanks in part to the stacks of board games. Of course guests are encouraged to down some alcohol, but you won’t feel unwelcome if you just order tea.