5148 N Clark St
One of our 33 best beer bars in the country, this perpetually packed gastropub has an extensive selection of 350 bottles and 68 taps, including Jolly Pumpkin, Surly, and 3 Floyds (obviously), plus plenty of Belgian offerings. The food is pretty impressive for a beer bar -- the mussels cooked in Wittekerke white ale served alongside crispy frites and tangy aioli are an excellent option.
5210 N Clark St
Look for the neon sign of a fish drinking a martini, then head into this Swedish stalwart that Al Capone was rumored to supply with bootlegger whiskey during the Prohibition. Now, the bar’s friendly atmosphere, Viking paraphernalia, vintage Schlitz advertisements, and seasonal glögg continue to make it a neighborhood staple. Get yourself a can of Schlitz and a well shot for $7, put something on the jukebox, and try to snag a couch in the back.
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Nicole Bruce is a contributing writer for Thrillist Chicago who loves a solid BYOB but also appreciates when the cocktails are made for her. Follow her on Twitter at @nicoleabruce.