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If you would like to do this breakup at someone’s home (just not your own), consider heading to Happy Village, which is like visiting an old house. This Ukrainian Village bar has a ping-pong space inside and a backyard that feels like you’re hanging out at your aunt’s place in the suburbs, except you can leave whenever you want. Which will probably be soon.
A generic drink list but an anything but generic place. Happy Village is hiding in the middle of a bunch of houses and you have to know it’s there. The front area looks like a dump, but it opens up into a ping pong room on the side, and an outdoor garden area that’s enclosed in the winter and open year round. You can also bring in your own food, which is kind of a big deal.
If you’re afraid of change, we have some bad news: this fall, Happy Village is getting renovated. But the good news is you still have one more summer to take advantage of this divey cash-only spot in Ukranian Village just the way it is. This place feels a little bit like going to visit somebody’s house - the backyard has mismatched plastic furniture, tents, and a little pond that belongs at your aunt’s place in the suburbs. Come for cheap drinks and bar food that’s perfect for summer day drinking before this spot changes forever.
The stretch of Division Street between Ashland and Damen is lined with enough bars to please any type of situation or personality. But head a couple blocks south of the craziness on Wolcott where you'll find Happy Village, a much more low-key but truly great spot. The long-standing neighborhood bar is on a quiet street where the drinks are always cheap. The front room has a very dive-bar feel, there's a ping pong room on the side that often has some seriously competitive action, or check out the excellent beer garden out back with patio furniture that looks like it was thrown together from a garage sale.
Walking into Happy Village in Ukrainian Village feels a little bit like going to visit somebody’s house. There’s a ping pong space inside, and a backyard that your six-year-old self would have loved (and your adult self currently will, too). It’s more like day drinking at a relative’s house than a bar, only here you can leave whenever you want.