Matt’s Tavern was established in 1946, making it the oldest continually-operated bar in Crystal Lake. This tavern has one of the longest running liquor licenses in McHenry County and derives its name from the original owner, “Matt.” It has always been a bar and a family-owned business. Three friends took over as owners of Matt’s Tavern in 2013 and continue to run this neighborhood bar, known for great deals, the carryout beer, and a hot spot of a meeting place.
Part of what makes Matt’s Tavern such a great destination is the location. Being at the heart of downtown Crystal Lake and right next to the Metra train station makes it a convenient stop before heading to the city for your favorite sports game or night out. (It’s one of the only bars in Crystal Lake that allows you to take your beer to go!) Matt’s Tavern, however, is not only a pre-game spot; it’s a destination in itself because of the welcoming staff, comfortable atmosphere, and unbeatable prices.
Matt’s Tavern is your classic shot and beer joint, with beer and drink specials every single day. These specials rotate on a monthly basis, so customers can get a variety of low prices on their favorite drinks. One of the specials that customers particularly enjoy would be a shot of Jameson for only four dollars! While this location doesn’t have a kitchen, bar munchies such as chips and nuts are always available to purchase for some light snacking!
Entertainment at Matt’s Tavern includes darts, a jukebox, flat screen TV’s (to catch some afternoon jeopardy or your favorite sports game), and live video gaming! The slot machines were added in 2017 and give customers an option of two different machines with dozens of games to choose from. Matt’s Tavern also likes to stay involved in the surrounding community and frequently hosts charity events to give back. In the past, Matt’s Tavern has worked with and donated to Little Angels and Wounded Heroes, to name a few. There is also a bicycle pub-crawl including 4-5 other locations to raise money for charity on an annual basis.
Overall, Matt’s Tavern is a friendly neighborhood bar, community-focused, where newcomers are always welcome. For a mix of young and old, a prime meeting place, and relaxing home away from home, check out Matt’s Tavern in Crystal Lake!
92 Railroad St. Crystal Lake, IL 60014
The oldest continually operated bar in Crystal Lake!