Up-and-coming art punks, garage rockers and knuckle-dragging amp crankers come here to hone their chops in one room, while glassy-eyed hipsters bury their heads in Dark Matter coffee and the latest Lapham’s Quarterly at the counter of another room. Food (samosas, a crispy fried-fish sandwich, a killer Subcontinental-ish brunch) is cheap, bottled beer is mostly craft, and service—though on the slow side of mellow—is as unaffected as the dinerish environs.
2202 N California St
|Cross street:||at Palmer St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 8am–2pm and 5pm–1am; Fri–Sun 9am–2am|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to California. Bus: 52, 56, 74.|
|Price:||Average beer: $5|