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  • Bavette's Bar & Boeuf
    Bavette's Bar & Boeuf River North
    As at most of Brendan Sodikoff's spots (Gilt Bar, Maude's Liquor Bar, Au Cheval), there's a better than perfunctory cocktail list at this brasserie, this one based on the classics. Among them: a balanced daiquiri (Bavette's Punch); an old-fashioned with »
  • Berkshire Room
    Craft Cocktails
    Berkshire Room River North
    The Berkshire Room's Old Money (bourbon, Aperol, walnut liqueur, a nice little hint of allspice) is more than fine—it's splendid. And the place itself seems engineered to hit the moneyed notes, starting with the Buffettesque name and continuing with the »
  • Boss Bar
    4 AM Bar
    Boss Bar River North  1
    The name of this bar is an obvious allusion—guess which "boss" first comes to mind in Chicago—and the sign on the corner of Clark and Hubbard is distinctive, but those features are not what make this bar noteworthy. What does: »
  • The Drifter
    Craft Cocktails
    The Drifter River North
    This tiny subterranean space beneath the Green Door Tavern—itself once an actual speakeasy—puts on a carny, speakeasy vibe with burlesque and musical performances and a rotating cocktail menu dealt out on tarot cards. In the running for least douchiest »
  • 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 »
  • Rossi's
    Dive Bar
    Rossi's River North
    One of the few remaining downtown dives, Rossi's isn't exactly inviting-looking from the outside. It's comfortable enough inside, but its main claim to fame is that it's not nearly as douchey as most of the other options in the area. »
  • Sable Kitchen & Bar
    Craft Cocktails
    Sable Kitchen & Bar River North
    Sable opened under Violet Hour vet Mike Ryan, and the drinks program gives classic cocktails a workout with concoctions like the War of the Roses, a perfect balance of Pimm's, St-Germain, Tanqueray, mint, and house-made grapefruit bitters. Even the Bridal »
  • Three Dots and a Dash
    Craft Cocktails
    Three Dots and a Dash River North
    When it was announced that Paul McGee would leave trailblazing Logan Square cocktail bar the Whistler for a gig with restaurant behemoth Lettuce Entertain You, the news was likened to the sound of "a thousand coupes shattering." But don't call »
  • Watershed
    Watershed River North
    The jazz lounge once housed in the basement of Pops for Champagne has been transformed into Watershed, a dim, nautically themed suburban home barroom circa 1976—a setting for events as diverse as after-tennis cocktails, key parties, and teenage booze raids. »

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