Food & Drink

Pickle tots & bacon candy: Chicago's best bar snacks

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013
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1. Honky Tonk BBQ 1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

Honky Tonk BBQ infiltrated the Pilsen hipster scene with live country bands and Southern-style comfort food, including standout brisket and mac and cheese. But the rustic eatery offers more than just hearty plates: HT has also made a name for itself in the burlesque arena with an eye-pleasing act of traditional burlesque, soundtracked by ear-pleasing live, local music.

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2. Lockdown Bar & Grill 1024 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Lockdown's a compact, steel caged, prison-themed temple to hard rock, outfitted with metal bars, smoke machines, skulls, and wall-to-wall flat-screens billing itself as a "virtual venue".

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3. Bernard's Bar 11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

Bernard's has got the hookup for light-hearted and more casual fun within The Waldorf. From delicious chips & nuts at the bar to classy (yet boozy) libations, steak out a spot before hitting up any event. Trust us, it'll up your class-factor exponentially.

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4. Owen & Engine 2700 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The term "gastropub" is thrown around loosely in the business of restaurant writing, but Owen & Engine truly fits the bill. The upscale British pub in Logan Square has a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin guide, so it might be better than many that are actually in England. The menu includes snacks and small plates like Scotch eggs and beef carpaccio, plus a selection of entrées that includes one of the best burgers in town. The extensive draft list is constantly changing but features IPAs, Belgian ale, stout, and more.

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5. The Publican 837 W Fulton Market St, Chicago, IL 60607

Paul Kahan's West Loop restaurant feels like the Midwest; big and welcoming with communal tables, it's a farmhouse and a beer hall at the same time. The menu focuses on three things: beer, pork, and oysters, but you'll also find vegetable and fish alternatives. The beer selection features brews from all over, with a fair share from Belgium and Chicago.

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6. Roots Handmade Pizza 1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Helmed by the people behind The Fifty/50, this deluxe corner spot in West Town is slinging "Quad Cities-style" pizza. The hand-tossed crusts are infused with the same malt you taste in your beer before they're lathered with homemade sauce, doused in mozzarella, topped with your choice of fresh ingredients and cured meats, fired, and sliced into thin, easy-to-eat strips. Perfect for big family outings and group nights, the bar and patio seat more than 300.

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7. Revolution Brewing Company 3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Chicago-brewed suds from Revolution Brewing in Logan Square include year-rounders like the Anti-Hero IPA and Eugene Porter, while seasonals and specialty brews count the Fistmas holiday and Rose Hibiscus ales.