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The bar chart | Nov 2–9, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Nick Murway)
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Photograph: Nick Murway

Vera

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Photograph: Nick Murway

Owner and sommelier Elizabeth Mendez at Vera

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Photograph: Martha Williams

The Barrelhouse Flat

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Photograph: Jason Little

Matthew "Choo" Lipsky of Morso

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Photograph: Pump Room/Public Chicago

The Pump Room

 (Photograph: Marina Makropoulos)
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Photograph: Marina Makropoulos

25 Degrees

THE BARRELHOUSE FLAT It’s been open for, like, a week. Yet everyone we know has already been. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under:cocktailians,punch-drunk love

LETIZIA’S FIOREA new downstairs “vino bar” offers 40 wines under $40 and Italian craft beers. 2456 N California Ave (773-342-4400). file under:neighborhoodie,winos

MORSO The bartender they call “Choo” rolled out $22 carafes of cocktails and “apple pie–infused” bourbon. 340 W Armitage Ave (773-880-9280). file under:cocktailians

THE PUMP ROOMVelvet ropes, celeb sightings and Jean-Georges’s small plates: It’s all in a night’s work. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-601-2970). file under:see and be scene

REBARA “Champagne Table” series (a.k.a. This Week’s Afternoon-Drinking Excuse) begins Saturday 5. 401 N Wabash Ave (312-588-8000). file under:feeling fancy

THE SNUGGERY The strip of lost hopes called Division Street is now home to an outpost of this sports bar. 15 W Division St (312-337-4349). file under:can you hear me now???, late night

25 DEGREES Burgers, bordello-ish decor and now bottomless cocktails for brunch. 736 N Clark St (312-943-9700). file under:drink your shame away

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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