3 bars on our radar for spring 2016

From whimsical drinks to craft beer and cider, these are the bars you should hang out at this spring

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Whether you're looking to try a new cocktail based on Trix cereal or want to get a great craft beer or cider, these three new bars have all that, plus some really great bar food. Plan your next evening in Chicago around a stop at one of these great new bars.

Chicago bars on our radar

Band of Bohemia

When Alinea vets team up to open a brewery, they probably won’t be brewing standard IPAs and lagers. Band of Bohemia serves culinary-focused beers, like Grilled Apple Tarragon and Orange Chicory Rye, which are perfectly suited to pairing with dishes like a potato cake with romesco sauce and tapenade, or bison tartare sprinkled with cured egg yolk. In the morning, stop by for coffee, tea and pastries from Floriole.

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Lincoln Square

The Sixth

Ben Schiller (the Berkshire Room) is one of the city’s best bartenders, surpassing our very high expectations at the Sixth, a cocktail bar in Lincoln Square. Located next to Roots, also run by the Fifty/50 group, the Sixth serves an array of whimsical cocktails: Doris, a floral gin drink with a stemmed rose suspended in ice; Silly Rabbit, layered with orange-, lemon-, raspberry- and grape-flavored ice cubes, and served with a light gin cocktail and mint bitters for doctoring it to taste; and Spaceman Spiff, a mescal cocktail placed in an astronaut’s helmet atop a terrarium. As fun as the drinks seem, they taste even better. 

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Lincoln Square

Farm Bar

The Midwest offers a great bounty of food and drink producers, and cozy Farm Bar (little sister to Farmhouse in River North and Evanston) celebrates local spirits, beer and cider, and offers a menu of bar fare. The team has a farm in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, and besides providing ingredients for dishes like lightly fried cheese curds and a savory-sweet burger with caramelized onions, herbed goat cheese and sour cherry cider jam, it grows apples for a very dry, tasty house cider. Cocktail drinkers should try a Professor Woland, with Rhine Hall apple brandy, rum, pear and cinnamon. 

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