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Until drinking on the train is legalized (seriously, what is the hold up here???), you're going to have to continue to do it at, ugh, bars. So why not at least make sure those bars are 1) awesome, and 2) as close to your stop as possible?

To that end, we decided to whip out our bar rolodex to plot out the best & closest bar to every one of the most popular "L" stops (sorry Skokie). The only rule: all of the bars had to be under a 10min walk away from their respective stop. You can check out a blown-up version of our bar map here, plus check out deets on every single watering hole below.

*Programming Note: Things get a bit congested in the Loop, so if you find yourself on one of the underground Red or Blue line stops going through Downtown, feel free to mosey to the closest Loop recommendation... several of which will be well within stumbling distance. Good? Good!

Red Line

Howard - Rolland’s
Jarvis - Poitin Stil
Morse - Heartland Cafe
Loyola - Cuneen’s
Granville - Bar 63
Thorndale - Moody’s Pub
Brwyn Mawr - Jerry’s Sandwiches
Berwyn - Lady Gregory’s
Argyle - Hopleaf
Lawrence - Green Mill
Wilson - Bar on Buena
Sheridan - Holiday Club
Addison - Sports Corner
Belmont - Sheffield’s
Fullerton - The Barrelhouse Flat
North/Clybourn - Sully’s House
Clark/Division - Zebra Lounge
Chicago - Streeter’s Tavern
Grand - The Berkshire Room
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Harrison - Jimmy Green’s
Roosevelt - The Scout
Cermak/Chinatown - Reggie’s
Sox-35th - Cork & Kerry

Blue Line

Harlem - Tommy's on Higgins
Jefferson Park - Fischman’s
Montrose - Sidekicks
Irving Park - Independence Tap
Addison - Mirabell
Belmont - Revolution Brewing
Logan Square - The Owl
California - Boiler Room
Western - Gallery Cabaret
Damen - Big Star
Division - Bangers & Lace
Chicago - The Matchbox
Grand - Richard’s Bar
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Clinton - Paola’s Vinum
UIC-Halsted - Dugan’s
Racine - Union Park Lounge

Brown Line

Rockwell - Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill
Western - Huettenbar
Damen - The Rail Bar & Grill
Montrose - Fountainhead
Irving Park - The Globe Pub
Addison - Cork Lounge
Paulina - Four Moon Tavern
Southport - Schuba’s
Wellington - DMK Burger Bar
Diversey - Headquarters
Armitage  - Local Option
Sedgwick - Old Town Ale House
Chicago - Ay Chiwowa
Merchandise Mart - Bull & Bear

The Loop

Clark/Lake - Sidebar Grille
State/Lake - ROOF at the Wit
Randolph/Wabash - Tavern at the Park
Madison/Wabash - The Berghoff
Adams/Wabash - Miller’s Pub
Library - Brando’s Speakeasy
LaSalle/Van Buren - Cactus Bar & Grill
Quincy/Wells - Franklin Tap
Washington/Wells - Stocks & Blondes

Pink Line

18th - Dusek’s
Polk - Three Aces

Green Line

Ashland - Cobra Lounge
Morgan - Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Clinton - New Line Tavern

Alright, who'd we miss? Leave it in the comments. And just keep in mind: we're balancing the bar's greatness and distance from the "L".

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This story was originally published on 2/9/2014.