The Bar Chart | June 22–29, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.
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Photograph: Erica Gannett Taverna 750
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THE AVIARY Grant Achatz’s cocktails go to your head. Also to your wallet. 953 W Fulton Mkt (no phone). file under: cocktailians, date night, weird science Read David Tamarkin's review >>>

THE BEDFORD The drinks-only lounge is a surefire spot to kick off a night. The dining room is less predictable. 1612 W Division St (773-235-8800). file under: see and be scene, beer geeks Read Julia Kramer's review >>>

BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN With views of the river this stellar, you don’t ask for much more. No really: don’t. 321 N Clark St (312-644-0283). file under: burger bliss, the great outdoors, tourist temple Read Julia Kramer's review >>>

LADY GREGORY'S Beer, whiskey, Irish pub grub and Andersonville acting as if it’s never seen a bar before. 5260 N Clark St (773-271-5050). file under: beer geeks, neighborhoodie

NoMI LOUNGE The swank Mag Mile spot took a little vacation. The rooftop lounge is back, fully refreshed. Park Hyatt, 800 N Michigan Ave (312-239-4030). file under: see and be scene, the great outdoors Read about the reinvented NoMI >>>

NORTHDOWN CAFE AND TAPROOM Milwaukee brings us its best: craft beer and pie. 3244 N Lincoln Ave (773-697-7578). file under: beer geeks, neighborhoodie Read David Tamarkin's review >>>

NORTH SHORE DISTILLERY The distillery’s now open for tours and tastings on weekends. 28913 Herky Dr #308, Lake Bluff (847-574-2499). file under: cocktailians, road trip, learn something Read more about the Tasting Room >>>

SOUTH BRANCH Work is over. We’re by the river. So what if the river is sorta gross-looking? We’re drinking. 100 S Wacker Dr (312-546-6177). file under: the great outdoors, can you hear me now???

TAVERNA 750 ’Cellos (as in lemon-) from Charles Joly and Tim Lacey are making a move on Boystown. 750 W Cornelia Ave (773-348-5172). file under: cocktailians View a slide show of the food and drinks >>>

THE TERRACE AT TRUMP Same glitzy terrace, new tiki cocktails. You’re, umm, getting the check, right? 401 N Wabash Ave (312-588-8030). file under: see and be scene, cocktailians, the great outdoors
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