Between all the EDM dance parties, craft beer standbys, secret speakeasies, and live music institutions, Wicker Park has some serious bar variety. So if you can't find at least one thing you like in the following 12 drinking spots, that's on you.

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Best rooftop: Chop Shop

2033 W North Ave
Part deli, part dining room, part event space, although that part is called 1st Ward Events, this relative newcomer hosts bands, Donut Fests, sandwiches, and a cozy lil’ rooftop patio that no one knows about except you.

 

Best Irish pub: Division Ale House

1942 W Division St
Nothing says Celtic-authenticity quite like 80oz beer towers and Guinness-spiked mac and cheese!!

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Best cocktails: The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave
With no sign or obvious door, it’s as secret as one of the best cocktail bars in the country can be. As in, not a secret at all and you’ll probably have to wait in line before getting in. But faithful, fancy cocktails like the Juliet and Romeo -- Beefeater, mint, cucumber, and rose water -- are worth the time investment.

 

Best dive: Happy Village

1059 N Wolcott Ave
If ping pong’s not your game, consider bringing your own paddle anyway because you gotta look the part. Otherwise, saddle up to the super-friendly staffed bar for a $2 Hamm’s or a $3.50 Jameson shot, or both. Bring your pooch to the outdoor patio for “dog day afternoon” Sundays, just don’t let him jump in the koi pond.

Bangers & Lace

Best beer: Bangers & Lace

1670 W Division St
Bangers means sausage, like the fancy Sheboygan veal brat, and lace means the foam left on your glass after you’ve consumed a flight from the Six Pack -- six kegs that live in an antique cooler and typically house the most unusual brews of the 32 rotating taps. And even though it's not referenced in the name, definitely eat the duck BLT.

 

Best for picking someone up: Evil Olive

1551 W Division St
The Monday night Porn & Chicken dance parties -- where underdressed women and overdressed chickens feed your face shots and free chicken wings while you grind to EDM -- put this place on the map. So considering that, you definitely can find someone to go home with here, but do you really want to?

Estelle's

Best late-night spot: Estelle's

2013 W North Ave
Before 2am, it’s a thoroughly fine red and leather neighborhood lounge, but after 2am, you’ll have to wait in line at the door, wait in line to order a PBR ($2 on Tuesdays!), and then wait in line for the comically tiny bathroom. But score one of the booths and you basically own the joint. You still have to pay your tab, though.

 

Best karaoke: Louie's Pub

1659 W North Ave
Participating or people watching, it’ll be a good time as long as you have a table to call home base. Otherwise you’ll be swept up in a sea of Fugee crooners killing you softly.

The Fifty 50

Best food: The Fifty/50

2047 W Division St
It's simple, just eat 30 Buffalo wings, five bacon strips, five onion rings, one side of mac & cheese, a half-rack of ribs, one burger slider, one turkey-burger slider, one pulled-pork slider, one duck-breast slider, one grilled-cheese slider, one crab-cake slider, one PB&J slider (???), and drink 50oz of beer within 50 minutes, and receive a free T-shirt, your photo on the wall of fame, a comped meal, and a questionable concept of what is considered success.

 

Best live music: Double Door

1572 N Milwaukee Ave
A neighborhood institution since 1994, it’s most famous for hosting a secret Rolling Stones show in 1997, but also for being name-dropped in High Fidelity. Access the recently opened basement speakeasy, Door No. 3, by a hard-to-find-door in the alley of Damen, or, you know, just go downstairs from inside the venue on show days.

Blue Line

Best board games: Blue Line Lounge & Grill

1548 N Damen Ave
Never empty but always uncrowded, Blue Line’s got a serious selection of board games and massive booths to play ‘em all in. And the fireplace is a nice touch.

 

Best cheap drinks: Phyllis' Musical Inn

1800 W Division St
The drinks really are cheap but, more importantly, it’s basically been here forever propping up the local music scene with performances like Environmental Encroachment. However, if costumed performance art marching bands aren’t your thing and casual games of basketball are, there’s always the little court on the back patio, where coincidentally, you can also buy your Christmas tree.

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Carrie Dennis is an Associate Editor for Thrillist and suspects reality television is scripted. Follow her on Twitter @CarrrieDennnis.

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1. Chop Shop 2033 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Wicker Park's hybrid butcher shop/eatery/salumeria serves up stand-out, meat-oriented American fare such as the deli's Porchetta sandwich, a housemade pork loin wrapped in pork belly with asiago, arugula, apricot marmalade, and tomato on your choice of 7" or 12" French, white, or wheat bread. CS is a spacious joint -- a whopping 6,000 square foot event space -- so it's also great for hosting parties or business meetings.

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2. Division Ale House 1942 West Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Nothing says Celtic-authenticity quite like 80oz beer towers and Guinness-spiked mac and cheese.

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3. The Violet Hour 1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

The first clue that this Wicker Park cocktail lounge is different from its neighboring bars is the house rules, the first of which forbids cellphones. The second is the James Beard Award-winning cocktail program. The drink menu is organized by alcohol type, and though you'll find vodka, brandy, tequila, gin, and rum cocktails, The Violet Hour's speciality seems to be whiskey, and a sip of the eponymous Old Fashioned confirms it. This is your Chicago destination for a night of refined, expensive drinking -- there is a dress code, and it's fancy.

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4. Happy Village 1059 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Happy Village is a neighborhood bar located in Ukrainian Village. While it may be unassuming from the outside, the interior is sleek and lively, and there’s a back room housing two ping pong tables. The backyard beer garden -- fully equipped with a pond and goldfish -- is open year-round, though let’s face it, this is Chicago. The neighborhood bar is cash only, but with daily specials, perpetually cheap beers (Old Styles for just $2… again, the Chicago thing), and free ping pong, a visit to happy village will leave your wallet happy, too.

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5. Bangers & Lace 1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Wicker Park's craft beer and sausage haven Bangers & Lace serves up just that: delicious craft suds from the US and abroad, like Great Divide's Barrel-Aged Old Ruffian and St. Feuillen's Grand Cru, and sausage creations including kielbasa skewers and Louisiana-style hot links. The extensive food menu features build-a-biscuit breakfast sandwiches, too.

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6. Evil Olive 1551 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

Looking for a way to cure the Monday blues? Check out Evil Olive for their reputable Monday night "Porn and Chicken" party. Think half-naked women on the bartop, lots of dancing, and of course good ol' fried chicken. What an amazing way to kick off the work week.

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7. Estelle's 2013 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Estelle's... where $2 beer Tuesday's live-on, and the jukebox is chock full of tunes that'll make you feel like you're back in college again.

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8. Louie's Pub 1659 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

Participating or people watching, it’ll be a good time so long as you have a table to call home base. Otherwise you’ll be swept up in a sea of Fugee crooners killing you softly.

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9. The Fifty/50 2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

The 50's a tri-level sports temple serving gluttonous fare like in-house smoked meats (ribs, pulled pork, wings), mac 'n' cheese toppable with everything from chicken to chili, and the "Double-Secret Probation"-esque "Triple Secret:" a tri-meat fatburger with a classified recipe.

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10. Double Door 1572 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

A neighborhood institution since 1994, it’s most famous for hosting a secret Rolling Stones show in 1997, but also for being name-dropped in High Fidelity. Access the recently opened basement speakeasy Door No. 3 by a hard-to-find-door in the alley of Damen, or, you know, just go downstairs from inside the venue on show days.

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11. Blue Line Lounge & Grill 1548 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Never empty but always uncrowded, this Wicker Park grill and lounge has a serious selection of board games and massive booths to play ‘em all in, not to mention tasty 'tails and a trendy ambience.

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12. Phyllis' Musical Inn 1800 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

The drinks really are cheap but, more importantly, it’s been here basically forever propping up the local music scene with live performances. However, if bands aren’t your thing (why not?!) and casual games of basketball are, there’s always the little court on the back patio, where coincidentally, you can also buy your Christmas tree.

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