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1. The Dawson 730 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Loop)

The Dawson's got a robust space to dole out incredible pork belly tacos, chicken-fried steak, house-made sodas, and serious libations.

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2. Howells & Hood 435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

From the folks behind Old Town Pour House and Sweetwater, Howells & Hood is an epic beer hall in the Trib Tower, equipped with 114 beers on tap springing from 360 draft faucets spread across the 23,000sqft venue. With copper-topped bars and inscriptions on the travertine-tiled walls, the restaurant replicates the epic neo-Gothic design of the landmark space credited to John Howells and Raymond Hood, who thankfully weren't name Lipschitz and McDingleberry.

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3. Allium 120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Allium's spiced up the former Seasons space with flourishes like a cheetah-print couch purring before a marble fireplace, as well as nosh from bison tartare w/ waffle chips, beer mustard, and a 62-degree egg, to dry-aged, 23oz bone-in ribeyes with blue cheese fondue.

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4. Drumbar 201 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611 (Gold Coast)

Not only is Drumbar one of the sexiest rooftop lounges in Chicago, the 18th-floor bar atop the Raffaello Hotel has a brag-worthy selection of whiskey, scotch, bourbon, and cognac. The sleek spot has a cozy den-meets-gentlemen's club decor with dark leather couches, wood-paneled walls, and a marble bar. During the summer, the seasonal outdoor patio makes it even more of an after-work drinking destination near the Magnificent Mile.

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5. Sable 505 N State, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Sable's a 153-seat dark-hued, brightly lit, open-kitchened dining room and lounge whose haute cuisine-meets-comfort menu is designed to marry with a cocktail program crafted by a Violet Hour alum, who can in turn help you graduate beyond your usual schnapps and soda.

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6. Vertigo Sky Lounge 2 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Gold Coast)

On the 26th floor of the Dana Hotel, this rooftop lounge is one of the best party spots in the Chicago hotel bar scene. In the winter, Vertigo turns into an indoor/outdoor ice bar where you can do necessary winter drinking activities like take shots on an ice luge. The rest of the year, it returns to its ultra-luxe penthouse vibe with DJs, bottles of Cristal, buckets of beer, and an outdoor fire pit.

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7. Frontier 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

It may not be the final frontier, but with ice-taps pouring 16 traditional and seasonal brews, a meat heavy menu featuring specialty sausages, steaks, and "Animal Service", flat screen TVs, and a beer garden, you won't need to explore any further. Allied: Ready yourself for Animal Service with some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.

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8. Homestead on the Roof 1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

This "literal farm-to-table" resto features a rooftop patio with views of their 1,000-square foot organic rooftop farm and two massive vertical hanging gardens. If the view isn't enough for you, try their insanely fresh garden creations like heirloom tomato with whipped ricotta, house-cured olive spread, opal basil and croutons.

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9. Lincoln Tavern 1858 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

A giant "PBR on Draft" sign beckons you into this friendly neighborhood establishment. Lincoln Tavern welcomes you home with very cheap drinks, a kind bar staff, and even paczki and pierogis if you get hungry.

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10. Range 1119 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Range is the place to go for fresh, inventive cuisine that incorporates local ingredients while also providing for those with gluten-free and vegan or vegetarian diets. Check out their seasonal brunch menu and grab yourself a craft beer or something from their extensive list of spirits and cocktails.

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11. Sheffield's 3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Sheffield's is a BBQ joint in Chicago that's got a huge, tree-shaded patio area and a ton of drafts for you to enjoy.

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12. Lion Head Pub 2251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This Lincoln Park sports bar has a bunch of awesomely cheap weekly specials to help bolster your team spirit on a budget. Also hosting a ton of parties, special events, and an upstairs dance club ("The Apartment"), the Lion Head Pub has plenty to offer.

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13. Table, Donkey and Stick 2728 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Table, Donkey and Stick is all about the Alps: independent wines and Bavarian beers, cuisine influenced by the mountainous regions of France & Germany, even the cozy layout imitates lodges housing Alps hikers.

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14. The Grafton Pub 4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (Lincoln Square)

The Grafton Pub has all of your favorite things: a huge whiskey list (separated by country of origin), an equally huge beer list (both bottle and draft, with a separate "Foreigners" section), hearty eats (like the Guinness beef stew), and live music. There are some surprises as well, such as Chocolate Cheery mead and Sump Imperial Stout.

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15. Hopleaf 5148 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Uptown)

This Andersonville beer bar is known for its rotating selection of draft beers primarily from the Midwest and Belgium. More than just a bar that serves food, Hopleaf has an outstanding menu of Belgian-inspired food like mussels from Prince Edward Island, charcuterie, and steak frites. The place is casual and laid-back, just like a neighborhood bar should be.

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16. Uncommon Ground 1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660 (Edgewater)

Known as one of the "greenest restaurants in America," Uncommon Ground rocks delicious dishes like strawberry-rhubarb pancakes, and blackened catfish with dill sauce. Comforting fare like chorizo-loaded chilaquiles and breakfast sliders are made wholesome thanks to locally sourced and family farmed ingredients, and there are several vegetarian/vegan-friendly options, too.

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17. Wilde Bar & Restaurant 3130 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Named for Oscar Wilde (if you don’t know who that is, you should turn around, go home, and read a book), Wilde Bar & Restaurant is an Irish pub that pays homage to its namesake author through a literary theme. The mock library is anchored by a fireplace, the upscale, Irish-inspired menu is plastered with quotes from Wilde himself, as are the walls, and his portrait hangs above the fireplace. And there’s just something so... earnest about enjoying Shepherd’s pie and a cold beer from your club chair by the fire in the library -- in a bar in Lakeview.

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18. Fountainhead 1970 W Montrose, Chicago, IL 60613 (Ravenswood)

This Ravenswood tavern is a mahogany-ensconced destination for craft beer and beer-focused comfort cuisine (burgers, fried chicken, steak frites). The beer list, which features a mix of local gems and international brews, is always fantastic, and there's an equally robust selection of whiskey if you're looking for something a little stronger. During the warmer months, the rooftop garden is always happening.

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19. Black Rock Pub and Kitchen 3614 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (North Center)

This American-style pub boasts a beautiful fireplace, delicious 'tails, and awesome company in the dead of Winter.

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20. Vie 4471 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558

Vie's fireplace is enough to keep you happy, super warm during the negative-degree Winters, and their cocktails are seriously strong and innovative.

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21. Scofflaw 3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This classy bar in Logan Square will make a gin lover out of even the most gin-averse of clientele. It's one of Chicago's top cocktail bars because it proves that the versatility of gin extends far beyond the usual G&T and because it's outfitted with antique sofas that are palatial AND comfortable. Scofflaw also serves a menu of better-than-basic small bites, and the kitchen is open until 1am daily.

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