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  1. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max Herman

    Charcoal Bar

  2. Photograph: Erica Gannett
    Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Billy Sunday

  3. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Boarding House

  4. Ovie Bar & Grill

  5. Photograph: Martha Williams
    Photograph: Martha Williams


The bar chart | Feb 14–20, 2013

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.


Ay Chiwowa Billy Dec and crew took Martini Ranch’s 4am license and added tacos and tequila. 311 W Chicago Ave (312-643-3200). file under: late-night

Billy Sunday Not to be preachy, but: Cocktail enthusiasts, you should go here. 3143 W Logan Blvd (773-661-2485). file under: cocktailians, Trotter’s vets

Boarding House Dan Pilkey, the affable sommelier from the Waldorf Astoria, has joined Alpana Singh. 720 N Wells St (312-280-0720). file under: winos

Charcoal Bar Eleven seats, one bartender, Japanese-style cocktails: Okay, we’re intrigued! 702 N Wells St (312-988-7864). file under: cocktailians

Johnnie Blue Just your average Lincoln Square kebab-and-Scotch spot. 2619 W Lawrence Ave (773-597-4444). file under: can’t make this up, neighborhoodie

The Monarch What’s Andrew Brochu doing at this bar? Making fried-green-tomato sandwiches, obviously. 1745 W North Ave (773-252-6053). file under: neighborhoodie, you should eat

Ovie Bar Who needs N’awlins when Ovie’s offers “to-go” hurricanes for Metra commuters through Sat 16? 120 N Canal St (312-902-1111). file under: Mardi Gras

Scofflaw Try the Old Tom gin, made exclusively for the bar by North Shore Distillery. 3201 W Armitage Ave (773-252-9700). file under: cocktailians
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