Raise a Glass to Excueses Bar & Billiards

Des Plaines bar lets patrons chill out in friendly setting; it sometimes features live bands, too.

Beers, beanbags and bonhomie are some of the things you’ll find at Excueses Bar & Billiards in Des Plaines. It’s a neighborhood watering hole, but you needn’t be a townie to enjoy the setting.

There are four pool tables – you can play billiards free with a drink purchase – two dart boards, a jukebox and an outdoor patio that also has beanbag games during the summer (score!).  Thursday is karaoke night, and weekends sometimes feature live bands. 


The atmosphere is casual (think rec room) with wood paneling, plenty of flat-screen TVs, and comfy swivel chairs.  Belly up to the bar, where you can drink without breaking the bank: $2.50 domestic/$3.50 import beers, $3.00 mixed drinks, and $2.00 shots.  Feeling peckish?  Excueses offers a menu of bar food, including appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, ribs and pizza.

Bartenders and waitstaff are friendly. Inexpensive food, drink and entertainment are here, so if you don’t check it out – you have no excuese.


Hours: Mon.-Fri., Sun.: 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Excueses Bar & Billiards, 901 E. Oakton, Des Plaines (847) 296-6261


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