Water Hole Lounge

Photograph: Brendon Brown
Chicago

Ex-cop Tony Anthony’s low-key lounge draws workers from the nearby juvenile detention center and board of education, plus police officers and politicians. Miller Lite, MGD ($3 drafts) and Tres Mujeres tequila are the most popular tipples, and blues men Little Milton and Bobby “Blue” Bland dominate the free jukebox. The back room occasionally hosts no-cover blues concerts.

Venue name: Water Hole Lounge
Address: 1400 S Western Ave
Chicago

Cross street: between 14th and 15th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10am–2am; Sun 4pm–2am
Transport: El stop: Blue to Western. Bus: 18, 49.
Price: Average cocktail: $4
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