Photograph: Martha Williams
Gimlet at Matchbox
West Town

If the thought of being crammed in this tiny boxcar of a bar makes you nervous, relax. The patio practically doubles the capacity of the place, and it’s the perfect spot to throw back one of its margaritas, made with fresh lemon and lime juice, top-shelf liquors and powdered sugar, and poured with a heavy hand. We’re also fans of the house-infused vodkas and the grub from the adjacent dining car (literally), Silver Palm.

Venue name: Matchbox
Address: 770 N Milwaukee Ave

Cross street: between Carpenter St and Ogden Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri, Sun 3pm–2am; Sat 3pm–3am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Chicago. Bus: 56, 66.
Price: Average cocktail: $8.50
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