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Our Guide to

Where to Drink

in …

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

    • I hope the manager sees this. Some built guy came around the corner and misheard …

      • Re: Evil Olive

      • on August 30, 2016
    • I love this place! The food is great, reasonably priced, and the drinks are inventive …

      • Re: Ward Eight

      • on August 13, 2016
    • This is the second time I have experience bad service at this restaurant...the first bad …

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