The bar chart | Jan 25–Feb 8, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.
 (Photograph: Marina Makropoulos)
Photograph: Marina MakropoulosPaul McGee at the Whistler
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsYusho
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe Option Bar
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Photograph: Clayton HauckThe Barrelhouse Flat
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe Anthem

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 Since opening with 70 classics, this ambitious bar has added original cocktails, too. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under:  cocktailians, late night

THE OGDEN What’s a hipster doing at a sports bar near United Center? Checking out Bite alum Rodney Staton. 1659 W Ogden Ave (312-226-1888). file under: game on

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

TAVERNITA New York’s Tippling Bros. make a smash with cocktails on tap at Ryan Poli’s Spanish spot. 151 W Erie St (312-274-1111). file under: cocktailians, good enough to eat

VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE The Dana Hotel’s rooftop lounge has opened its annual ice bar (literally, a bar made of ice). 2 W Erie St (312-202-6060). file under: swank spot

THE WHISTLER Bid a temporary good-bye to bartender Paul McGee, whose last night here is Wed 1. 2421 N Milwaukee Ave (773-227-3530). file under: sad hipsters

YUSHO Doubt whether a cocktail can pair well with food? Might wanna try the draught cocktail here. 2853 N Kedzie Ave (773-904-8558). file under: cocktailians, good enough to eat