The Charleston

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Photograph: Donna Rickles
These board games are gone, but the charm of the Charleston (under new ownership) lives on.
Bucktown

Hipsters, yuppies, freaks, dirty old men and bluegrass bands used to pack this beloved corner tap, which changed ownership in 2011 and underwent a bit of a personality shift. Darker, sleeker and with more focus on DJs with underground cred, the Charleston has morphed into quite a scene. The newer Bucktown residents are happy as clams, plunking down tens for Moscow mules, while those dirty old men have shuffled off to find the few remaining dives nearby.

Venue name: The Charleston
Contact:
Address: 2076 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago

Cross street: at Charleston St
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 6pm–2am; Sat 6pm–3am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 49, 50.
Price: Average beer: $5
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