A Guy's Gotta Have A Place to Hang 11

Guys need a place to hang out. It’s essential to our character. Everybody needs a safe space to just be themselves.


The prototypical sleaze bar is now (thankfully) a thing of the past for many men. Instead we’re looking for comfortable places for gathering, enjoying each other’s company, telling a few tall tales and sharing the same stories from way back whenever.


Now the prototypical guys hangout probably includes craft brews, locally sourced eats, sports on TV (maybe), a variety of musical styles, some place where we can take care of ourselves (inward and outward) and be greeted by a friendly face.


The spots your crack team at SW Lake Lifestyle have curated for your examination include the usual, the surprising and the innovative. And by the way, they all warmly welcome women.

Main Street Outfitter – 513 S. Main, Wauconda

MSO has a remarkably low-key, comfortable, “y’all come join us” vibe bringing guys (and gals) from all over SW Lake to enjoy the talented musicians gracing their stage every weekend (and many weekdays) with a wide variety of eclectic musical styles. Enjoy their full bar, custom beverage selections, $5 Wine Wednesdays, and more. Drop by on their semi-weekly “Homecooked Wednesday” dinner nights to enjoy a home-cooked buffet for just $12 and hear the music of the GritLand Band!

18/8 Fine Men’s Salon – 120 S. Hough Street, Barrington



Barber shops have been cool since cool was invented. 18/8 in downtown Barrington makes barber shops cooler than ever. Online reservations. Straight razor shaves. Executive haircuts. Hot stone massages. Skin care. Pampering. It’s all here and more starting with a personal greeting and the offer of a craft beer or a strong cup of coffee.

Bobber’s – 710 N. Old Rand Road, Lake Zurich



Owner Bobby Razes made it clear that “the majority of our guests are families, and men and women equally.” Everybody loves a place with a huge deck, sports on TV, a view of the lake, sumptuous food and a long list of beers, spirits and specialty drinks, and a kid’s menu.