16 places to get a beer while you're working

Sometimes coffee won't cut it—here's where to grab a beer or wine while you answer emails, work on spreadsheets or just browse the internet

Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
The Map Room boasts a fantastic beer list.

If you're lucky enough to work from home or need to tackle a few tasks away from the office, we have good news: There are plenty of spots that open well before 5pm where you can score free Wi-Fi and grab a drink. Work can (sort of) be fun when you have a beer, glass of wine or a cocktail in your hand, right?

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Beermiscuous

The new beer cafe offers Wi-Fi plus lots and lots of beer. Also: There's an on-site meeting space so you and your officemates can work over beers.

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Lakeview

The Book Cellar

The Lincoln Square bookstore is an ideal spot to browse books or sit down at a table to tackle some work while sipping beer, wine or freshly brewed coffee. Bonus: There are cupcakes from Southport Grocery to snack on.

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Lincoln Square

The Coffee Studio

Critics' pick

It offers great coffee, but the Andersonville coffee shop also sells craft beer and wines.

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Edgewater

Cunneen’s

The Rogers Park bar opens at noon, has free Wi-Fi and the most expensive beer is $4.75—not much more than a latte.

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The Globe Pub

It can be hard to snag seats at the pub on game days, so sneak in on an off-day and hunker down to work.

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Half Acre Brewery

The taproom has free Wi-Fi, plus you can bring in snacks, so settle in for the afternoon over a tasting flight.

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Harmony Grill

The restaurant attached to Schubas is open for lunch, and there's Wi-Fi, wines and draft beers.

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Lakeview

Kroll’s South Loop

This neighborhood bar offers an extensive craft beer list with almost 80 beers. The flatscreens show football and other sports, but get there when it opens at 11am to get some work done before any games start.

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South Loop

The Map Room

Critics' pick

The Map Room offers both coffee and beer, so get to work and transition from coffee to stout in the afternoon.

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Bucktown

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