Best Intentions

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Wondermint Malt
Logan Square

Brothers Chris and Calvin Marty bought the old Marble Bar and reopened it as Best Intentions. The dive bar charm remains, although the bar is a little sleeker and the drinks are much better. Settle into a table on the big back patio, or sidle up to the bar for minty Wondermint Malted shakes, shots of Angostura bitters (they're the only bar anywhere with the bitters on draft) and a list of well-made classics. Fill up on po'boys from chef Kevin Cowens.

Venue name: Best Intentions
Address: 3281 W Armitage Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at Spaulding Ave
Transport: Bus: 73, 82.
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Elizabeth A

I love the dive bar feel of Best Intentions. The cocktails are always interestingly named and well made. The Krieger in the Hotbox is a delicious hot cocktail perfect for warming the coldest of bones.

Laura R
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Best Intentions was a very pleasant surprise on Armitage in Logan Square. The deck is spacious and inviting and the staff is friendly and talkative. Every drink I tried there I would recommend — from the Moscow Mule (in a can!) to the bar's Wondermint Malted (totally delicious and I want to drink it every single day). There were some really good food options too, including the tasty beet and avocado take on a po' boy that is perfect for vegetarians. Apparently the space itself has had quite an overhaul. I didn't see it in its previous incarnation, but I can definitely say this is the kind of place where I would stay all evening on the patio or, on a less pleasant day, plop down on a barstool in front of the retro "Fancy Cocktail Bar" sign and just chill all night.

Lisa White

I was a big fan of Marble and miss their cheese curds dearly, but Best Intentions is winning me over with their Wondermint cocktail (like a boozy milkshake!) and their perfectly fried po’ boys. The tempura oyster and fried shrimp options are my favorites, and their cajun fries are fresh and fried perfectly. The back patio is still one of the cutest and most chill patios in Logan Square. A great neighborhood bar and a perfect spot to spend a long night.