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The bar chart | Jan 11–18, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
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Photograph: Martha Williams

The Option Bar

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
2/5
Photograph: Martha Williams

The Anthem

 (Photograph: Clayton Hauck)
3/5
Photograph: Clayton Hauck

The Barrelhouse Flat

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4/5
Photograph: Martha Williams

Scotch & soda at Highball Lounge

 (Photograph: Jason Little)
5/5
Photograph: Jason Little

Northdown Caf� & Taproom

A.J. HUDSON’S Ginger’s Ale House changed its name, kept its affinity for soccer matches. 3801 N Ashland Ave (773-348-2767). file under:beer geeks, neighborhoodie

THE ANTHEM The screens are huge. The crowds for big games can be even huger. 1725 W Division St (773-697-4804). file under:game on, good enough to eat

THE BARRELHOUSE FLAT After opening with 70 classics, this ambitious bar now offers original cocktails, too. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under:cocktailians, late night

DERBY After months of remodeling, the former Charlie’s space is open (with some Kentucky touches). 1224 W Webster Ave (773-248-0900). file under:game on, neighborhoodie

HIGHBALL LOUNGE We weren’t crazy about the cocktails, but who’s to knock a quiet lounge in River North? 738 N Clark St (312-397-1961). file under:cocktailians, conversation-friendly

NORTHDOWN On Mondays, this comfy bar now hosts bingo nights from 9–11pm. 3244 N Lincoln Ave (773-697-7578). file under:beer geeks, neighborhoodie

THE OPTION ROOM The Financial District has a discreet new place to drink. 401 S LaSalle St (312-461-1173). file under:it’s five-o’clock somewhere

PANCHO’S New owners (including the owner of [node:149187 link=Treat;]) are overhauling this bar, starting with the menu. 2200 N California Ave (mpshows.com). file under:live shows

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