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The bar chart | Nov 29–Dec 5, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.
 (Photograph: Clif Ellis)
Photograph: Clif EllisHeadquarters arcade bar
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsBar Pastoral
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsBarrelhouse Flat
 (Photograph: Max Herman)
Photograph: Max HermanJohn Barleycorn
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsRiccardo Enoteca

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 Barrelhouse Flat The cocktail bar has a new chef and a food menu that’s as ambitious as ever. 2624 N Lincoln Ave (773-857-0421). file under: cocktailians, you should eat

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

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

Hearty These guys love cocktails so much they’re now giving them to you for half price on Wednesdays. 3819 N Broadway (773-868-9866). file under: cocktailians, real deals

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

Pl-zen The neighborhood for which it’s named just got itself a gastropub. 1519 W 18th St (312-733-0248). file under: beer geeks

Riccardo Enoteca Wine, wood-fired pizza and other lovely things from the owners of Riccardo Trattoria. 2116 N Clark St (773-549-5010). file under: winos

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