The bar chart | Oct 26–Nov 2, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

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Photograph: Michael JareckiNorse Bar
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Photograph: Martha WilliamsBig Star
Longman & Eagle
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Photograph: Joe BankmannThe Pump Room
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Photograph: Jason LittleVera

BIG STAR Now that there’s a rogue Big Star truck on the streets, will we finally get a seat at the bar? Nope. 1531 N Damen Ave (773-235-4039). file under:where every hipster knows your name

IN FINE SPIRITS This is the best time of year to taste antique whiskeys, and this is the best place to do it. 5420 N Clark St (773-334-9463). file under:Pappy Van Winkle–style

LONGMAN & EAGLE Glasses of $5 punch a new Sunday tradition does make. 2657 N Kedzie Ave (773-276-7110). file under:cocktailians, good enough to eat

THE NORSE BAR A new pub gives Edgewater what it wants: beer, Nintendo, someone to talk to (joke!). 6334 N Clark St (773-942-6344). file under:neighborhoodie

ONE SIXTYBLUE A new set of cocktails doesn’t incorporate wine; it re-creates flavor profiles of wines. 1400 W Randolph St (312-850-0303). file under:good enough to eat, winosRead Heather Shouse's review >>>

THE PUMP ROOM Is it after midnight on a weekend? Don’t even try. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-601-2970). file under:see and be scene

III FORKS It’s not a steakhouse chain if it doesn’t have an enormous bar. 333 E Benton Pl (312-938-4303). file under:let them eat steak

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