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  1. Photograph: Colin Beckett
    Photograph: Colin Beckett


  2. Photograph: Colin Beckett
    Photograph: Colin Beckett

    Bullhead Cantina

  3. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max Herman

    Estate Ultra Bar

  4. Photograph: Colin Beckett
    Photograph: Colin Beckett

    Flight 1551

  5. Photograph: Jeremy Bolen
    Photograph: Jeremy Bolen

    Mercat a la Planxa

The bar chart | Mar 7–14, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.


BARCITO And the award for the worst-sounding, best-tasting cocktail goes to the green tea–infused “Booty Collins.” 151 W Erie St (312-274-1111).
file under:
cocktailians, it’s a scene

BULLHEAD CANTINA One beer, one shot, one taco, $6. That’s why they call it the No Bullshit Special. 1143 N California Ave (773-772-8895).
file under: beer geeks, cheap, neighborhoodie

CLOVER SPORTS & LEISURE Sounds like a boutique REI, but it’s actually a tavern with a retro jukebox. 722 W Grand Ave (312-344-1934).
file under: neighborhoodie

ESTATE ULTRA BAR What, they should have named an 8,000-square-foot riverside space Modest Bar? 1177 N Elston Ave (312-582-4777).
file under: swank spots

FLIGHT 1551 Small plates (e.g., bacon-wrapped dates)—and 50-plus wines by the glass to drink with them. 1551 N Wells St (312-664-0841).
file under: date night, winos

MERCAT A LA PLANXA The Spanish restaurant has a new cocktail list from bartender Jake Daniken. 638 S Michigan Ave (312-765-0524).
file under: cocktailians, good enough to eat

PAOLA’S VINUM With all the talk about Tavernita, we almost missed this new pintxos and wine spot. 328 S Jefferson St (312-775-9311).
file under: neighborhoodie, winos

RPM ITALIAN The P stands for chef Doug Psaltis. But you can pretend it stands for Paul McGee’s drinks. 52 W Illinois St (312-222-1888).
file under: cocktailians, it’s a scene

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