A Nightcap in Champaign-Urbana: The Clark Bar

The people at The Clark Bar may consider themselves a bar, obviously, but this venue has a nightclub feel to it. Definitions are so subjective. The Clark Bar is like a super casual nightclub. It’s a very laid-back type of place. The pool tables and occasional live music may invoke images of traditional taverns/pool halls, but it belongs to a whole different genre of late night hotspot. The Clark Bar is a good place to go if you’re an out-of-towner and you don’t want to deal with the rowdiness of the college bar scenes. This venue has a sort of inconspicuous feel to it, because its Victorian-style structure is, in a way, hidden from the rest of the downtime nightclub scene. Don’t be shy. The Clark Bar won’t bite.

The pulled pork sandwich, topped with coleslaw, is my favorite sandwich on the menu ($6.00). During summer months, it is great to enjoy a delectable dinner, on The Clark Bars spacious outdoor porch. The Clark bar offers more than meets the eye. Ostensibly, the locale appears to have very limited inside space, but The Clark Bar has a surprisingly generous amount of seating accommodations. The place is downright ample. Its available area is fragmented into smaller rooms to accommodate private parties and the like. If you are not afraid to depart from the university vibe provided by many college town drinking establishments and rub shoulders with the locales, you will probably enjoy yourself at The Clark Bar.

The Clark Bar
207 West Clark Street
Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 359-8644
Daily, 4pm-2am





About: Mark Csernus

Mark Csernus has been a relentless fan of the written word since he penned his first action/adventure, pirate fable at age six. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of English from Western Illinois University, where he wrote for Elements magazine and The Western Courier. Csernus currently resides in northern Illinois, continuing to nurture his passion for language and covering the Big Ten Conference with TourTheTen.com.