Travel | Beers from around the globe await

Not all beer gardens are German. If you order right at these joints, you’ll get an international experience that’s (sort of) just like visiting the mother country.
Photograph: Chandler West
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MEXICO
PLACE
Big Star
1531 N Damen Ave, 773-235-4039 bigstarchicago.com. Sun–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 11:30am–3am.  Average beer: $4.
EAT
Tacos de pescado; tacos al pastor; chips with housemade salsas
DRINK
Tecate, Pacifico, Modelo Especial

FRANCE
PLACE
Troquet
1834 W Montrose Ave, 773-334-5664 troquetchicago.com. Sun–Wed noon–midnight; Thu, Fri noon–2am; Sat noon–3am. Average beer: $5
EAT
Charcuterie, moules frites, croque-madame
DRINK
Domaine DuPage (No, it’s not French, but this Two Brothers beer is a French-style ale, and that’s as close as you’re going to get)

IRISH
PLACE
The Grafton
4530 N Lincoln Ave, 773-271-9000 thegrafton.com.Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am. Average beer: $5.
EAT
Fish-and-chips; Irish breakfast; shepherd’s pie
DRINK
Put two stouts head-to-head: Guinness and Murphy’s Irish

POLISH (AND, UM, KOREAN)
PLACE
Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar
960 W 31st St, 773-890-0588 community-bar.com. Sun–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 4pm–3am. Average beer: $4.
EAT
The Korean-Polish barbecue, served—for free!—on Mondays from 5:30–7:30pm
DRINK
A cold shot of vodka

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