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  1. Photograph: Colin Beckett
    Photograph: Colin Beckett

    TR Napa Valley

  2. Photograph: Nick Murway
    Photograph: Nick Murway

    Owner and sommelier Elizabeth Mendez at Vera

  3. Old Town Social

  4. Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
    Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

The bar chart | Nov 16–23, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.


THE BARRELHOUSE FLAT Bartenders from the Aviary and the Violet Hour, customers from less-dignified places. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under: cocktailians/bros, late night

KAMEHACHI The Old Town sushi restaurant relocated and added a cocktail menu from Adam Seger. 1531 N Wells St (312-664-3663). file under: cocktailians, good enough to eat

OLD TOWN SOCIAL Proof that sometimes good things get even better, this bar has expanded its beer list. 455 W North Ave (312-266-2277). file under: beer geeks, good enough to eat

PORKCHOP “White Trash Drinking Bash” Mondays? Scary. $1 PBR and $1 whiskey drinks? Not so scary. 941 W Randolph St (312-733-9333). file under: real deals

SMALL BAR FULLERTON Your new tradition: a bottle of red wine and a huge bowl of “Sunday gravy.” 1415 W Fullerton Ave (773-525-2727). file under: beer geeks, good enough to eat

TABLE FIFTY-TWO Art Smith’s restaurant has a new wine list dedicated to the South. 52 W Elm St (312-573-4000). file under: good enough to eat, winos

TR NAPA VALLEY A tiny, tony new wine bar finds its niche in the Gold Coast. 61 E Oak St (312-929-2299). file under: date night, neighborhoodie, winos

VERA It’s about the wine on tap. It’s about the small plates. And as far as we’re concerned, it’s about time. 1023 W Lake St (312-243-9770). file under: the west loop never quits, winos

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