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Photograph: Martha WilliamsAbsinthe service at the Savoy

The bar chart | Aug 9–15, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.


BENCHWARMERS Wicker Park, a.k.a. sports bar central? 1540 W North Ave (773-698-6574). file under: game on

BLACK BULL This city really likes tapas. And sangria. Actually, mostly sangria. 1721 W Division St (773-227-8600). file under: pintxo me

EMPORIUM ARCADE BAR Mario Bros., meet craft beer. 1366 N Milwaukee Ave (773-697-7922). file under: beer geeks, nostalgia

ESTATE ULTRA BAR The StarDeck (a.k.a. roof deck) at this riverside lounge is now open. 1177 N Elston Ave (312-582-4777). file under: urban oasis

THE J. PARKER With this view, no one would notice if the BOKA Group were serving malt liquor and Doritos. 1816 N Clark St (312-254-4747). file under: cocktailians, great escapes

RM CHAMPAGNE SALON Cobblestone alleys, oysters and sparkling wine: Is this real life? 116 N Green St (312-243-1199). file under: saber it

THE SAVOY Seafood and absinthe: a dangerous, yet intriguing, mix. 1408 N Milwaukee Ave (773-698-6925). file under: green fairies

SQUARE ONE Self-serve wine stations are making the South Loop sound a lot more exciting. 1400 S Michigan Ave (312-786-1750). file under: cocktailians, neighborhoodie, winos

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