The bar chart | Dec 8–14, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

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Photograph: Martha Williams

Foodease bar in Water Tower Place

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Photograph: Martha Williams

Scotch & soda at Highball Lounge

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Photograph: Martha Williams

The Anthem

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Photograph: Clayton Hauck

The Barrelhouse Flat

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Photograph: Nick Murway

Vera

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Photograph: Martha Williams

Bleeding Heart Bakery

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PHOTO: Jason Little

The patio at Frontier

THE ANTHEM The Bangers & Lace guys are taking over Division with sports and, um, Velveeta. 1725 W Division St (773-697-4804). file under: game on

THE BARRELHOUSE FLAT Looking for atmosphere? Look upstairs. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under: cocktailians/bros, late night

BLEEDING HEART BAKERY & CAFE The West Town brunch restaurant now serves mimosas and Bloodys. 1916 W Chicago Ave (773-904-1414). file under: morning drinking

FOODEASE Can wine on tap from the 12-seat bar make the tourists clutching American Girl dolls go away? 835 N Michigan Ave (312-335-3663). file under: winos, tourist temple

FRONTIER Count down the 12 beers of Christmas: seasonal releases from Bell’s, Goose and more. 1072 N Milwaukee Ave (773-772-4322).file under: beer geeks, neighborhoodie

HIGHBALL LOUNGE Moscow Mules, Dark & Stormys and anything else you can put in a highball glass. 738 N Clark St (312-397-1961). file under: cocktailians

THE SLURPING TURTLE Sake, sake cocktails, sake flights. And plenty of noodles to soak it all up. 116 W Hubbard St (312-464-0466). file under: good enough to eat

VERA You’ll be tempted to sit and eat a full dinner. But trust us, you want to treat this place like a wine bar. 1023 W Lake St (312-243-9770). file under: the West Loop never quits, winos

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