Billy Sunday

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Best cocktail bars in Chicago for mixed drinks and more: Billy Sunday
Logan Square

Who would have guessed longtime Trotter's chef Matthias Merges would find his calling checking IDs at the door of a Logan Square bar? Granted, his is not just any bar: Here, barkeep Alex Bachman combines his penchant for unusual ingredients (a syrup made from maidenhair ferns, say) with an uncanny sense of balance, turning out creations that both pay homage to and defy tradition—often simultaneously. Though Billy Sunday is squarely a bar, the food is a worthy companion to the drinks: Don't miss the banana pudding.

Venue name: Billy Sunday
Address: 3143 W Logan Blvd

Cross street: at Milwaukee Ave
Opening hours: 5pm–2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Logan Square. Bus: 56, 74, 76.
Price: Average cocktail: $10
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