Map Room Chicago beer bar

Map Room

Some bars offer 36 beers, and we call them serious. The beers at the Map Room—a modest cash-only corner tavern full of old National Geographic issues—represent 36 different styles, ranging…

Local Option Chicago beer bar

Local Option

One hundred-plus bottles and 30 taps—many locally produced specifically for this rowdy bar—liven up an otherwise quiet neighborhood stretch. The skull-centric heavy metal details and bearded craft beer geeks make…

Analogue Chicago cocktail bars


Newer to Logan Square’s booming bar and restaurant landscape, Analogue is a stripped-down spot that marries delicious craft cocktails with casual New Orleans-inspired fare. Helmed by two veterans of The…

Celeste Chicago cocktail bars


Celeste is a split personality, two-story operation. Start on the dark, lounge-like ground level for easygoing sours, bottled cocktails and loud music. Then hit the second floor Deco Room to…

The Whistler Chicago cocktail bars

The Whistler

Music and cocktails collide at this small, artsy hideout in Logan Square. All at once, the bar serves as a gallery, record label and live music venue, with shows every…

The Aviary Chicago cocktail bars


The liquid counterpart to chef Grant Achatz’s Next, Aviary exhibits a similar dedication to innovation and theater. The not-quite bar (there is no "bar" to speak of, just a kitchen…

The Violet Hour Chicago cocktail bars

Violet Hour

Not much has changed at the Violet Hour since it set the standard for Windy City cocktailing in 2009. In fact, after six years, the bar's speakeasy entrance, smooth jazz…

Hopleaf Chicago beer bar


Michael Roper’s legendary Andersonville bar has looked to Belgium for inspiration since 1992, and continues to find it with lambics, trappist ales and abbey-style ales. Nonstop crowds pack the claustrophobic…

The Berkshire Room Chicago cocktail bars

Berkshire Room

Located on the first floor of downtown’s Acme Hotel, the hip Berkshire Room oozes a cool, modern ambiance that hints at exclusivity. But while the interior décor is lush, the…