The bar chart | Oct 12–19, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

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    The Pump Room

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    Michael Jordan's Steak House

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Owl

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    Roka Akor

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Farmhouse

Photograph: Pump Room/Public Chicago

The Pump Room

FARMHOUSE Michael Pollan–ite or not, you can’t help but be impressed by the local beer list. 228 W Chicago Ave (312-280-4960). file under:  beer geeks


HUB 51 October here means UGGs and Chardonnay. Proceeds from the latter go to the Lynn Sage Foundation. 51 W Hubbard St (312-828-0051). file under: can you hear me now???

LIVEWIRE LOUNGE DJs and live music keep the former Metal Shaker happening. 3394 N Milwaukee Ave (no phone). file under: neighborhoodie

MICHAEL JORDAN'S STEAK HOUSE It’s cocktail master Peter Vestinos (not No. 23) we’re interested in. 505 N Michigan Ave (312-321-8823). file under: cocktailians, tourist temple Read David Tamarkin's review >>>

THE PUMP ROOM Think SoHo meets Miami Beach meets Billy Dec’s address book. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-601-2970). file under: see and be scene

THE OWL Why sleep when there’s a new 4am dive in town? 2521 N Milwaukee Ave (773-235-5300). file under:  late night, neighborhoodie

III FORKS The latest steakhouse chain comes with a 100-seat rooftop lounge. 333 E Benton Pl (312-938-4303). file under: death by steakhouses

ROKA AKOR Now with limited-quantity, off-menu $4 Wagyu beef burgers in the lounge after 11pm Thursday–Saturday. 456 N Clark St (312-477-7652). file under: good enough to eat, soju sojourn


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