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The bar chart | Nov 22–28, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Jessica Zerby)
Photograph: Jessica Zerby

Half Acre Tap Room

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Riccardo Enoteca

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Bar Pastoral

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams


 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

The Grid

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett


Bar Pastoral Like that dream where we invaded and pillaged a wine and cheese shop…except real. 2947 N Broadway (773-472-4781). file under:put some cheese on it, winos

The Grid Tableside Manhattans and other experiments are going on below Baume & Brix. 351 W Hubbard St (312-321-0351). file under:buy the bottle, cocktailians, underground lounge

Half Acre Tap Room We’ve now entered the post-brewpub “tap-room phase” of the craft-beer era. 4257 N Lincoln Ave (773-248-4038). file under:beer geeks

HeadquartersBecause who wouldn’t need a drink when surrounded by man-children? 950 W Wolfram St (773-665-5660). file under:revenge of the nerds

Jerry’s Sandwiches The Andersonville outpost celebrates its opening with classes Mon 26–Nov 29. 5419 N Clark St (773-796-3777). file under:beer geeks

John Barleycorn And here we thought Moe’s Cantina was the River North outpost of John Barleycorn. 149 W Kinzie St (773-348-8899). file under:brahs, bros, fist bumps, Jäger, smells like Axe body spray

Riccardo Enoteca Wine, wood-fired pizza, civility and whatever else is the opposite of John Barleycorn. 2116 N Clark St (773-549-5010). file under:winos

Scofflaw New Sunday-night plan: Scofflaw’s five-course chicken dinner for four ($60). 3201 W Armitage Ave. file under:chicken dinner, Sunday funday