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1. A101462 East 53rd St, Chicago
2. The Revel Room1566 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
3. Yusho2853 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
4. Billy Sunday3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago
5. Tippling Hall646 N Franklin St, Chicago
6. Henry's Swing Club18 W Hubbard St, Chicago
7. Fish Bar2956 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago
8. Hub 5151 W Hubbard St, Chicago
9. Ada Street1664 N Ada St, Chicago
10. Public House400 N State St, Chicago
A10 is one of the best places to indulge in creme brulee, on-tap cocktails, and awesome brews. Not particularly in that order.
RR is the Wicker Park bar that you'll find yourself at every... single... Friday for brews, cocktails, and a fist-pumping crowd.
Because apparently not everything in Japan gets lost in translation, former Charlie Trotter's exec chef Matthias Merges drew on the energy and community he discovered in the country's street food scene when conceiving Yusho. His architect wife channeled his vision into an eclectic space with a bar made from century-old wood beams and a skylit back room projecting anime. Crunch on salmon and chicken skins while you sip a boozy soda or one of the formidable offerings of Japanese and domestic beers. Then share a bowl of mentaiko carbonara, a seaside leaning take on the Italian pasta with spicy cod roe and bucatini from sister restaurant A10.
This 50-seat tavern has an appropriately turn-of-the-century feel courtesy of its china-filled hutch, lantern-esque lighting, and old-timey photos of people not smiling. While small plates are served, the libations here rule.
From the folks behind Mercadito Hospitality, Tippling Hall is a beer hall/cocktail lounge that focuses on "global comfort food" and boasts a highly impressive cocktail menu.
This River North hub is home to over 22 slider options on its menu, as well as serious drink options (buy a bottle of Jack and get free Coke refills all night!), playing cards, vintage Playboys, and pool tables.
DMK's seafood concept, with outposts in Lakeview and Navy Pier, reimagines the quintessential seafood shack by taking inspiration from both New Orleans and New England. Expect east and west coast oysters, lobster rolls, po' boys, and gumbo, plus s'mores and oyster shooters and cocktails. The Lakeview location has bar and booth seating, as well as a seasonal patio.
With a menu that includes sushi rolls, great burgers, and a decent amount of wit ("Celebrate all you want, but we don't sing Happy Birthday."), choosing a standout from Hub 51 wasn't easy. But that doesn't mean we didn't do it -- oh, no, we did, and the winner is Hub's small but delicious selection of Mexican dishes, from their pulled chicken nachos and fish tacos to the chicken enchiladas.
The accolades for this Bucktown bar-slash-restaurant begin with the cocktail menu, which features classic drinks (G&Ts, Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules) alongside completely new and exciting ones you've likely never tasted before. Then there's the food: the dinner menu is heavy on small plates, but there are meatier mains, like prime ribeye, as well. Finally, there's the backyard patio, which is way more casual than the restaurant's interior with picnic tables and a ping pong table.