1. Honky Tonk BBQ1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago
2. Lockdown Bar & Grill1024 N Western Ave, Chicago
3. Bernard's Bar11 E Walton St, Chicago
4. Owen & Engine2700 N Western Ave, Chicago
5. The Publican837 W Fulton Market St, Chicago
6. Roots Handmade Pizza1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
7. Revolution Brewing Company3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.