With its carefully attended-to beer list and homey, taverny look, this pub from the Bar on Buena folks has a serious Hopleaf vibe to it. The big difference? The crowds, though passionate drinkers, are not so large that they’re lining up on the sidewalk. So keep this underrated gem to yourself, or suffer the throngs of craft-beer geeks.
1970 W Montrose Ave
|Cross street:||between Damen and Winchester Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun 10am–2am|
|Transport:||El stop: Brown to Montrose. Bus: 50, 78.|
|Price:||Average beer: $6|