The bar chart | July 28–Aug 3, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

Photograph: Marina MakropoulosElixir is one of the best bars in Boystown.

THE AVIARY This cocktail lounge’s latest innovation: outdoor seating. 953 W Fulton Mkt (no phone). file under:cocktailians, date night, weird science

THE BEDFORD Refreshing cocktails and air-conditioning: two reasons to spend a summer night below ground. 1612 W Division St (773-235-8800).file under:date night, see and be scene

THE BLACK SHEEP It’s open till 2am and the cocktails rock. Why waste the money eating? 1132 W Grand Ave (312-997-5100). file under:cocktailians, date night

CITY PROVISIONS Look at you! You’re too skinny! Get a “nosh” (till 10pm on weekends) and a cocktail. 1818 W Wilson Ave (773-293-2489). file under:cocktailians, good enough to eat, neighborhoodie

ELIXIR Well-crafted cocktails in a sharp room. A waitlist for a table. Welcome to the Gayviary. 3452 N Halsted St (773-975-9244). file under:cocktailians, date night, gay scene

SMALL BAR DIVISION New chef Justin White is kicking the bar’s menu into full gear. 2049 W Division St (773-772-2727).file under:beer geeks, good enough to eat, neighborhoodie

STUDIO PARIS The roof retracts. Because a Melman brothers party just can’t be contained, okay? 59 W Hubbard St (312-595-0800). file under:buy the bottle, see and be scene

TAVERNA 750 The goal was to add food to the Boystown bar scene. Emphasis on the scene. 750 W Cornelia Ave (773-348-5172).file under:cocktailians, date night, gay scene, neighborhoodie

TELEGRAPH Who else is in shock that Logan Square went this long without a wine bar? 2601 N Milwaukee Ave (773-292-9463).file under:date night, good enough to eat, winos

THE WHISTLER Quit yer whining about the wait—now there’s a second bar on the patio on weekends. 2421 N Milwaukee Ave (773-227-3530). file under:cocktailians, where every hipster knows your name