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The bar chart | June 30–July 13, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica GannettStudio Paris
Farm-egg pizza at Three Aces
 (Photograph: Clayton Hauck)
Photograph: Clayton HauckEthyl's Beer & Wine Dive
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Photograph: Erica GannettLady Gregory's
 (Photograph: Jason Little)
Photograph: Jason LittleThe Bedford
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Photograph: Erica GannettTaverna 750
 (Photograph: Jason Little)
Photograph: Jason LittleNorthdown Caf� & Taproom
 (Photograph: Zach Weiss)
Photograph: Zach WeissSouth Branch
 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica GannettThe Aviary

THE AVIARY The latest draw of this experimental cocktail bar? You might get a seat in the new speakeasy downstairs. 953 W Fulton Mkt (no phone). Read David Tamarkin's review >>>

THE BEDFORD Refreshing cocktails and air-conditioning: two reasons to spend a summer night below ground. 1612 W Division St (773-235-8800). Read Julia Kramer's review >>>

ETHYL'S BEER & WINE DIVE This place serves 47 beers in cans. A dive, though? Unfortunately, not quite. 324 S Racine Ave (312-433-0007). Browse the menu >>>

LADY GREGORY'S Gay, straight, beer, wine: This Andersonville pub’s too friendly to leave anything or anybody out. 5260 N Clark St (773-271-5050). file under: beer geeks, neighborhoodie

NoMI LOUNGE Last week, we saw two 60-year-olds here with their tongues down each other’s throats. Classic. 800 N Michigan Ave (312-239-4030). file under: the great outdoors, see and be scene, tourist temple Read about the reinvented NoMI >>>

NORTHDOWN CAFE & 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 >>>

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: can you hear me now???, the great outdoors

STUDIO PARIS Sort of like Sub 51. Except with a retractable roof. And French food. 59 W Hubbard St, upstairs (312-595-0800). file under: buy the bottle, the great outdoors, see and be scene Read David Tamarkin's profile of Studio Paris partners RJ and Jerrod Melman >>>

TAVERNA 750 The goal was to add food to the Boystown bar scene. Still, we prefer the fruity cocktails. 750 W Cornelia Ave (773-348-5172). file under: cocktailians, date night, gay scene, neighborhoodie View a slide show of the food and drinks >>>

THREE ACES Open since last fall, this Little Italy bar recently added a giant “yard” full of picnic tables. 31321 W Taylor St (312-243-1577). file under: beer geeks, the great outdoors, neighborhoodie Read David Tamarkin's review >>>