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