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The bar chart | Dec 1–7, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Breakfast cocktails at 2Sparrows

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

The Anthem

 (Photograph: Clayton Hauck)
Photograph: Clayton Hauck

Barrelhouse Flat

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Scotch & soda at Highball Lounge

 (Photograph: Colin Beckett)
Photograph: Colin Beckett

TR Napa Valley

 (Photograph: Nick Murway)
Photograph: Nick Murway


THE ANTHEM The Bangers & Lace guys are taking over Division with sports and, um, Cheez Whiz. 1725 W Division St (773-697-4804). file under:game on

THE BARRELHOUSE FLAT Bartenders from the Aviary and the Violet Hour, customers from less-dignified places. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under:cocktailians/bros, late night

FOODEASE Can wine on tap from the 12-seat bar make the tourists clutching American Girl dolls go away? 835 N Michigan Ave (312-335-3663). file under:winos,tourist temple

HIGHBALL LOUNGE Moscow Mules, Dark & Stormys and anything else you can put in a highball glass. 738 N Clark St (312-397-1961). file under:cocktailians

KAMEHACHI The Old Town stalwart relocated and added a cocktail menu from Adam Seger. 1531 N Wells St (312-664-3663). file under:cocktailians

TR NAPA VALLEYA tiny, tony new wine bar finds its niche in the Gold Coast. 61 E Oak St (312-929-2299). file under:date night, neighborhoodie, winos

2SPARROWS Between its cocktail program and beer dinners, this is the booziest brunch place we know. 553 W Diversey Pkwy (773-234-2320). file under:tequila sunrise

VERA You’ll be tempted to sit and eat a full dinner. But trust us, you want to treat this place like a bar. 1023 W Lake St (312-243-9770). file under:the west loop never quits, winos