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The bar chart | January 18–25, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.
MBANew England Flip and Rum and Kola Smash at Acadia
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe Anthem
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Photograph: Clayton HauckThe Barrelhouse Flat
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsDerby Bar and Grill
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsScotch & soda at Highball Lounge
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsLooking Glass cocktail at The Option bar
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsYusho

ACADIA How wintery and wonderful does a New England flip made with pined maple essence sound? 1639 S Wabash Ave (312-360-9500). file under: cocktailians, fine dining 4-eva

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

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

THE OGDEN This new spot near the United Center is billed as “Chicago’s first chef-driven sports bar.” 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

YUSHO All thee who doubt whether a cocktail can pair well with food: Try the draught cocktail here. 2853 N Kedzie Ave (773-904-8558). file under: cocktailians, good enough to eat

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