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Upscale pub featuring house-made sausages and 32 beers on tap, with more than 60 available in bottles.

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A sausage-and-beer joint from the people behind Bar DeVille and Nightwood, Bangers & Lace evokes a traditional hunting lodge, complete with a deer head on the wall and other stuffed game animals scattered about. It's a classy place, though, with lace curtains on the tall windows and 32 taps topped by beautiful wooden handles. Much has been made of B & L's cicerone, or beer sommelier, Ria Neri, and as long as stuff like Ommegang's Three Philosophers and Left Hand's Widdershins keeps pouring, I'm not inclined to criticize the lineup. The "lace" in B & L refers to the pattern that beer leaves on the inside of an empty glass; "bangers" is of course a British term for sausage. Not surprisingly, the menu focuses on encased meats, and they're top-notch. Chicken and venison sausages, both excellent in their own right, worked well with their myriad toppings, and the puff pastry encasing the piping hot and slightly spicy hot links was tasty if a little greasy. (The brioche coating the corn dog, on the other hand, was flaccid, too delicate for the job.) Our hands-down favorite was the breakfast sliders—bangers on English muffins with eggs, creamed spinach, Gruyere, and hollandaise. A few sides—onion rings, skin-on fries with Taleggio dipping sauce, spiced corn nuts, Bavarian-style pretzels with house-made chocolate-stout mustard—round out the menu, which also offers a couple of salads and a few desserts. Read the full review >>

Julia Thiel

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Bangers & Lace evokes a traditional hunting lodge, complete with a deer head on the wall and other stuffed game animals scattered about. It's a classy place, though, with lace curtains on the tall windows and 32 taps topped by beautiful wooden handles. What comes out of those taps makes this one of the best beer bars in the city: unusual brews from La Trappe, Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, St. Feuillien, Goose Island, and others, along with a few more mainstream options. The "Bartender's Six-Pack" is a constantly changing lineup of rarer beers, recently featuring versions of Mikkeller Black Hole Russian imperial stout aged in different barrels (red wine, white wine, tequila, bourbon, cognac, scotch). —Julia Thiel

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