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Chain upscale sports bar where the motto is "Let the Finn begin."

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The Chicago outpost of a national chain with branches in Austin and the suburbs of Washington, D.C., River North's Blackfinn Ameripub caters to tourists and business travelers who are either too tired or too timid to leave the neighborhood at dinnertime. They don't want to be challenged with fancy preparations and weird ingredients. They just want something they can wash down with enormous quantities of beer—preferably while watching a sporting event on a big-screen TV. You can get just about any nationally distributed beer on tap (70 varieties are listed), and the menu has page upon laminated page from which to choose your foodstuffs. There are burgers. There are flatbreads. There are salads. There are attempts at international cuisine and barbecue, and many items identified as vegetarian, gluten free, "lighter side," or "Blackfinn Specialty"—Blackfinn could easily accommodate a large postwork gathering. The staff is quick and cheerful, but not in an unctuous, obsequious way, and if the servers recommend something, you'd do well to listen—they've eaten off this menu much more often than you have. It's their job. Read the full review >>

Aimee Levitt

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An outpost of a national chain with branches in Austin and the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Blackfinn Ameripub occupies a cavernous River North corner space divided into a bar and a dining room. It's fearsomely loud at times, and it's not an especially attractive space, but there are tables long enough to accommodate an entire postwork office gathering, more than two dozen strategically positioned high-definition TVs, and a dazzling array of liquor bottles and beer taps lined up behind the enormous rectangular bar. You can get just about any nationally distributed beer on tap (the menu lists 70 varieties), and you can get it in a dainty nine-ounce glass, a traditional pint, a growler (which you can take home after you've drained it), or, most impressively, a 100-ounce dispenser, complete with spigot. The wine, alas, only comes by the bottle or glass, but a section of the menu headed "Who's Buying" helpfully—if somewhat tackily—segregates the most expensive offerings, like Dom Perignon. ("This section is perfect for a rich relative or the boss's expense account. No matter who's buying . . . you're worth it!") —Aimee Levitt

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