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Chicago bar reviews

Where should you drink tonight? Read our reviews of Chicago bars to find the best spots for cocktails, beer or wine.

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With hundreds of bars to pick from, Chicago's bar scene can be daunting. Make your decision easier with our bar reviews, with our picks for the best cocktail bars, best wine bars, best beer bars and more.

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Bars

Lazy Bird

West Loop
5 out of 5 stars

This basement bar in the West Loop is easily one of the best new bars of the year.

Bars, Dive bars

Carol’s Pub

Uptown
4 out of 5 stars

Uptown’s famous late-night honky tonk tavern is back from the dead and good as ever.

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Kumiko
Photograph: Kailley Lindman
Bars, Cocktail bars

Kumiko

West Loop
5 out of 5 stars

Julia Momose’s elegant West Loop bar pairs Japanese omakase with bespoke cocktails—and the results are sublime.

Young American
Photograph: John Stoffer
Bars

Young American

Logan Square
3 out of 5 stars

This edgy Logan Square barstaurant spotlights buzzy dishes and drinks, like CBD-infused cocktails and Instagram-famous Goth Bread.

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Restaurants

Bar Sótano

River North
3 out of 5 stars

Team Bayless’s high-spirited speakeasy is worth the trip for inventive, mezcal-focused cocktails.

Photograph: Jeff Marini
Restaurants, Tapas

Bar Ramone

River North
3 out of 5 stars

This energetic little wine bar is a solid option for fascinating pours and shared bites, but uneven service hinders the experience.

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Bars

Neon Wilderness

Wicker Park
5 out of 5 stars

Equal parts neighborhood joint and refined cocktail bar, Brad Bolt’s good-humored watering hole is just what Wicker Park needed.

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Bars

Ludlow Liquors

Avondale
4 out of 5 stars

Enterprising barchitects Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue (Sportsman’s Club, Estereo) took another shot at reviving the beloved Orbit Room space in Avondale—this time with much success.

Bars

Golden Teardrops

Logan Square
4 out of 5 stars

I can’t stop playing “Golden Teardrops,” the haunting 1953 single by Chicago doo-wop group the Flamingos. 

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By neighborhood

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars

Pilsen

The neighborhood mostly offers low-key bars, but they're places that pay attention to drinks

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Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars

Lakeview

Sing karaoke, play bar games or relax after work with a craft beer at one of the bars in Lakeview

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