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  • Best place to brunch and booze away your hangover: The Publican
  • Happy respites from the neighborhood’s crowds, from sub-par cocktails, and from dance clubs that do it wrong

  • Best bar for day-drinking in winter: Handlebar Bars with great jukeboxes, including Marie's Riptide Lounge
  • Summer-camp-styled karaoke, an Elvis bust, and barrel-aged whiskey on the bar

  • Cheap beer and an Elvis bust at Chipp Inn A Saison DuPont and a patio sounds peasant: Old Oak Tap
  • 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

  • Best place for a late-night snack after inhaling the arts subculture: SkylarkCleverest reuse of safety belts in a bar: Simone's
  • Croatian grog, the alleged birthplace of Second City, and the U. of C.’s semiprivate in-house pub

  • Best six-pack of south-side bars: from Reese's to the Jeffrey Pub Foosball, undergrads, and Croatian grog at the Cove
  • From hipster dive bars to a citywide destination for craft cocktails

  • Best bar that's (almost) in Logan Square: Small Bar A dream cocktail list by Billy Sunday, Scofflaw, the Whistler, Masa Azul, and more
  • Coziness, grit, authenticity, and a warning that “shit beer will kill you.” Wait, is this Lincoln Park?

  • Best spot for post-shift drinks: Barrelhouse Flat 31 taps of happiness at Local Option
  • 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

  • Best bar for smelling fresh hop cones: Hopleaf Craft beer from the inside: a Gchat
  • 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

  • A crucial pitstop on a 7 AM bar crawl: Rite Liquors Best stained glass in a bar: Inner Town Pub
  • 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.

  • A $99 hangover cure at Revive Hydration Clinic A charming gay bar among the Burberried masses: Second Story
  • An alpine lodge-inspired brauhaus and an art installation with booze

  • Best respite for weary film buffs Red Lion Pub An alpine lodge vacation at Huttenbar
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    Reader Reviews

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