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The best bars in Chicago

Navigate one of the world's premier drinking cities with this guide to the best bars in Chicago, from beer to cocktails

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Lost Lake is one of the best bars in Chicago.

Chicago has a bar on practically every corner. Translation: This town is a drinker's paradise. From outdoor bars to dive bars that stay open until the wee hours of the morning, the drinking options in Chicago are limitless. Whether you're looking for the best craft beer in the city, an interesting wine selection or elaborately made cocktails from Chicago's best bartenders, you'll find it here in our picks for the best bars in Chicago. And when you're done, here's your guide to late-night food.

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Best bars in Chicago by type

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Wine bars

Check out the best wines from the city's top sommeliers

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Cocktail bars

Crafting cocktails is an artform

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Beer bars

Pull up a stool and enjoy a frosty pint of craft beer

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Rooftop bars

Nothing beats drinking at a rooftop bar with a great view

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Sports bars

Cheap beer, good food and plenty of TVs

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Gay bars

Great gay bars are everywhere from downtown to Uptown

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Dive bars

Low-key nights, greasy snacks and cheap beer

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Karaoke bars

Pick up a mic and let loose

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Outdoor bars

You survived the winter—you deserve a drink

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Best bars in Chicago by neighborhood

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Boystown

Whether you're looking for the best gay bars or a quiet place to grab a craft beer, here's where to drink

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Bridgeport

These all have a low-key vibe

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Chinatown

Karaoke bars and more

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Evanston

Most college towns don't have bars this good

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park bars range from music venues to dive bars

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Lincoln Park

There are plenty of gems, if you know where to look

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Logan Square

Logan is the epicenter of cocktail bars

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The Loop

Blow off some post-work steam

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Pilsen

The neighborhood mostly offers low-key bars, but they're places that pay attention to drinks

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River North & Streeterville

It's one of the city's greatest concentrations of cocktail bars 

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