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The best bars in Chicago

Navigate one of the world's best drinking cities with this guide to the best bars in Chicago, from beer to cocktails

Photograph: Matthias Merges

Chicago has a bar on practically every corner. Translation: This town is a drinker's paradise. From outdoor bars to dive bars that stay open until the wee hours of the morning, the drinking options in Chicago are limitless. Whether you're looking for the best craft beer in the city, an interesting wine selection or elaborately made cocktails from Chicago's best bartenders, you'll find it here in our picks for the best bars in Chicago. And when you're done, here's your guide to late-night food.

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Best bars in Chicago by type

Wine bars
Bars

Wine bars

Check out the best wines from the city's top sommeliers

Cocktail bars
Bars

Cocktail bars

Crafting cocktails is an artform

Beer bars
Bars

Beer bars

Pull up a stool and enjoy a frosty pint of craft beer

Rooftop bars
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Rooftop bars

Nothing beats drinking at a rooftop bar with a great view

Sports bars
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Sports bars

Cheap beer, good food and plenty of TVs

Gay bars
Bars

Gay bars

Great gay bars are everywhere from downtown to Uptown

Dive bars
Bars

Dive bars

Low-key nights, greasy snacks and cheap beer

Karaoke bars
Bars

Karaoke bars

Pick up a mic and let loose

Outdoor bars
Bars

Outdoor bars

You survived the winter—you deserve a drink

Best bars in Chicago by neighborhood

Humboldt Park
Bars

Humboldt Park

Get ready to become a regular at some of the best bars in Humboldt Park

Lakeview
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Lakeview

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

Bridgeport
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Bridgeport

These all have a low-key vibe

Chinatown
Bars

Chinatown

Karaoke bars and more

Evanston
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Evanston

Most college towns don't have bars this good

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

Hyde Park bars range from music venues to dive bars

Lincoln Park
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Lincoln Park

There are plenty of gems, if you know where to look

Logan Square
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Logan Square

Logan is the epicenter of cocktail bars

Boystown
Bars

Boystown

Whether you're looking for the best gay bars or a quiet place to grab a craft beer, here's where to drink

The Loop
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The Loop

Blow off some post-work steam

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