The Bar Below

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The Bar Below
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Venture below the age-old diner Beef & Brandy and you’ll find this place, which recently underwent a renovation—pool table, craft beer selection, cocktails made with local spirits and all—ostensibly geared toward bringing in the Loop’s swell of college kids. To us, it still looks like a rec room from a rougher, shabbier era of this city’s downtown, which is exactly why we like it.


Venue name: The Bar Below
Address: 127 S State St
Cross street: between Adams and Monroe Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 11am–9pm; Wed–Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–7pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Monroe; Blue to Monroe.
Price: Average beer: $5
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