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Division Ale House's Last Few Days: Comedy, Karaoke and Cheap Beer

By Alisa Hauser | September 28, 2016 4:26pm | Updated on September 29, 2016 8:19am
 The patio at Division Ale House.
The patio at Division Ale House.
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WICKER PARK — Division Ale House's final day on Sunday will include karaoke, according to owner Baris Yuksel.

"We invite everyone to come and have one last pint of Guinness before Ale House sails into the sunset," Yuksel said Wednesday.

Located at 1942 W. Division St., the Irish-themed bar and grill — often just called "Ale House" — opened in 2009, replacing Vintage Wine Bar.

Along with beer and cocktails, the Ale House features vintage decor, a fireplace and a hearty menu with black-and-tan mac 'n cheese, and fish and chips.

Yuksel also owns High Noon Saloon at 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, which is remaining open, he said.

Yuksel described Ale House's time on Division Street as "a good run."

He declined to elaborate on the closure except to clarify that it was not due to a lease issue.

"The lease was not up. [It was] just time to close doors and see what's next," Yuksel said.

Yuksel might be bringing a new concept to the location, sources said. He turned the former People Lounge into High Noon in 2013, but didn't comment on plans for the Ale House location. 

Ale House's weekend hours are noon to 2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.

On Thursday, there will be a free comedy open mic at 9 p.m., according to the Ale House's Facebook page.

Through the closing, several draft beers will be discounted, Yuksel said.

Elsewhere on Division Street, Jerry's Sandwiches at 1938 W. Division St. closed over the weekend after nine years. Jerry's will be replaced by a "live music gastropub"  that is still in conception mode, the new owners said recently.

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