Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best bar in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best bar in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best bar in Chicago?

“Sidetracks on Halsted and Roscoe is pretty good…great selection of drinks, lots of space, great themed nights, and diverse crowd.” — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“Innertown pub is a solid bar, Estereo on Milwaukee and Sacramento is a very interesting place, they open these sliding garage-type doors when it’s warm out and often play tropical and Hispanic music and Latin jazz on VINYL, the cocktails are pretty cool too, and Lost Lake at Diversey and Kedzie is a cool place too, the bartenders are ON POINT, smart and engaged and capable, often seems like they’re trying to be the best staff in the city, ON PURPOSE, very cool crowd in general too, I wish I could think of other great ones but these make other bars look like sloppy garbage, SORRY!” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“Hopleaf, by Clark and Foster, is the greatest. They specialise in Belgian beers, but have excellent beers of every style. Their food tastes great – I’m partial to the duck Reuben and the Stilton mac and cheese. And, it’s a great place for conversation, as it’s not laden with television sets.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Based on what I’ve posted before about best burgers, best fries, and best pizza (pizzetta), I must says ‘cheers’ to Tiny Lounge, Leavitt just south of Montrose. In addition to all the great bar food, as described in those blogs, Tiny is flat out the best bar in town as far as we’re concerned. And apart from their food, they are known for their craft cocktails. Definitely try the Subourbon, a Tiny Lounge favorite, especially if you like Bourbon drinks. Another plus, there are no TVs. This is very important for us because if we wanted to watch TV over a beer or a glass of wine, we’d stay home. Also, the friendly and often funny bartenders can wear whatever they want. No logos on tee shirts or aprons. We found Tiny soon after moving back to Chicago in 2009. It helped us feel at home. We used to love to sit at the far end of the bar and watch them make the cocktails. It was like a floor show. Very entertaining. One evening the owner, Mark, arrived at the door with a keg of beer on a 2-wheel dolly. A craft brewery down the street wanted Tiny to test a new brew. So we helped. That’s the kind of fun place it is.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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