Ask ChicagoNow: What is the worst Chicago bar?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the worst Chicago bar?

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

What is the worst Chicago bar?

“With 30 martinis on the menu, bartenders refer to Mr. Boston’s to figure out how to assemble them – and don’t be surprised if they put every other cocktail you order into a martini glass, too. The ‘Mag Mile Manhattan’ ($12) features some terrific, smoky 18-year-old Elijah Craig single-barrel bourbon, absolutely wrecked by a heavy-handed pour of sweet vermouth, and no cherry juice – just a cherry jammed hastily into the glass. The ‘River’s Edge’ ($10) combines Stoli Razberi vodka, Midori, pineapple juice, and a splash of blue Curacao. The garnish is supposed to include pineapple, orange slice, and a cherry, but the fruit were all mysteriously missing in action. 40 beers are available – beer, beer everywhere, but not a drop to drink – of draft, anyway. It’s all bottled. On the plus side, salads are delightfully fresh, there are 27 professional pool tables on two levels, and the jukebox features the old crooners – Sinatra, Dino, and Darin – lending a hip vibe, but that hardly makes up for the uneven and inattentive bar service.” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries

“I really hated Happy Village – limited drink menu and plastic cups. Plastic cups are the worst. Even the patio can’t save it. The bar is for amateurs.” — Melissa Bulicek, Oh, Life!

“Sluggers… ugh… they have brunch on weekends yet they don’t have coffee. That alone should be grounds for them not being allowed to have brunch specials.” — Jayson J Crady, Confessions of a Coffeholic!

“South Branch. Get over yourself, South Branch.” — Julie VonderHeide Hammerle, Hammervision

“Big City (known more frequently as Big Shitty) on Belmont and Sluggers on Clark share the honor.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups

“Can any bar ever really be bad?” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Any one that my ex patronizes.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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