Our Guide to
Where to Drink
Sourcing a bar that's practically preserved in amber—and maybe, just maybe, the neighborhood's best manhattan
Happy respites from the neighborhood’s crowds, from sub-par cocktails, and from dance clubs that do it wrong
Summer-camp-styled karaoke, an Elvis bust, and barrel-aged whiskey on the bar
Craft beers and cutting-edge jazz, a bar for hillbillies and locals alike, and a civilized 4 AM bar (5 AM on Saturdays)
The south of the border of the south side
Croatian grog, the alleged birthplace of Second City, and the U. of C.’s semiprivate in-house pub
From hipster dive bars to a citywide destination for craft cocktails
Coziness, grit, authenticity, and a warning that “shit beer will kill you.” Wait, is this Lincoln Park?
A tourist mecca under Michigan Avenue, a classic dive manned by a no-nonsense dame, and a boozy tribute to the Great Lakes region
Belgian beers galore, craft microbrews, and gløgg
A portal to childhood; a hallowed ground for musicians, artists, and writers; and the only tolerable place to have a beer on the stretch of Division between Damen and Western
The land of 4 AM bars—sports bar, lounge, or decades-old jazz clubs: take your pick
Drinking in the clouds, expensive Japanese whiskey, and the saddest of piano bars.
An alpine lodge-inspired brauhaus and an art installation with booze