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Recommended Gastropubs

  • The Bad Apple
    The Bad Apple North Center
    This spacious three-room bar always seems to be at least a little crowded, even at what ought to be dead hours, and it's not hard to see why—it has great burgers (I've heard it described as "Kuma's without the wait"), »
  • Dusek's Board & Beer
    Dusek's Board & Beer Pilsen/Little Village
    Beer-centric tavern helmed by chef Jared Wentworth of Longman & Eagle, with two dozen craft brews on tap.
  • Farmhouse Tavern
    Craft Beer
    Farmhouse Tavern Near North
    The concept here isn't exactly groundbreaking: seasonal farm-to-table food, with a local focus that extends to the beer, wine, and cocktail menus. It is, however, well executed—and that makes all the difference. When I go back—and I will—I'll probably take »
  • Fountainhead
    Fountainhead Ravenswood  4
    I'm writing about Fountainhead as a bar—I've yet to try the food, though the menu certainly looks tempting (if perhaps a tad spendy). I come here for the beer: on most nights you can choose from a fine selection of »
  • The Gage
    The Gage Loop  3
    Across the street from Millennium Park, the Gage draws swarms of tourists and suits alike, and the restored ceiling and decorative tile only amplify the din. The extensive drinks list features specialty and vintage cocktails like the Champagne Charlie (champagne »
  • Gilt Bar
    Gilt Bar River North
    Decidedly less beer-, pork-, and organ-focused than many of its gastropeers, River North's Gilt Bar puts Brendan Sodikoff's golden touch on communal tables and shared plates, with enough simple, well-prepared, and fairly inexpensive dishes to make me excuse marrow bones »
  • Lone Wolf
    Craft Cocktails
    Lone Wolf West Loop/Fulton Market
    Lone Wolf has capitalized on the West Loop’s popularity as a dining destination, positioning itself as a place to get pre- or postmeal drinks and snacks, or to have a drink while waiting for a table at a nearby restaurant. »
  • Longman & Eagle
    Longman & Eagle Logan Square
    At Longman & Eagle the throngs are as apt to tie up the tables early Monday evening as they are late Friday night. Good thing there's a craft cocktail list delectable (and affordable) enough to make it worth sampling just »
  • Owen & Engine
    Owen & Engine Logan Square
    This gastropub strategically sited across from a multiplex is decked out to resemble the place your great-granda headed for after the grouse hunt. A certified cicerone just might visit your table midmeal and insist on pouring sample pairings, with detailed »
  • Publican Quality Meats
    Publican Quality Meats West Loop/Fulton Market
    The boundless meatopia of this butcher-baker-sandwich-maker adjunct to Paul Kahan's Publican is an overwhelming environment: a staggering cornucopia of meats—cured, encased, and fresh—plus a smartly curated collection of dry goods, fresh rustic breads, and a freezer case full of frozen »
  • Revolution Brewing Company
    Craft Beer
    Beer geeks drain the house brews here faster than brewer Jim Cibak can produce them. Lines of stoic bearded dudes stream in and back out again with biceps curled around growlers of hoppy IPAs, roasty stouts, and spicy Belgian-style brews, »


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