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The bar chart | October 19–26, 2011

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

Champange cocktails at Le Bar

 (Photograph: Erica Gannett)
Photograph: Erica Gannett

North Shore Distillery Tasting Room

 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha Williams

The Owl

 (Photograph: Pump Room/Public Chicago)
Photograph: Pump Room/Public Chicago

The Pump Room


SushiSamba Rio

LE BAR Six sparkling cocktails make Wednesdays from 5–8pm “Champagne Chic” at the Sofitel. 20 E Chestnut St (312-324-4000). file under:everything’s better with bubbles

MASTRO’S To celebrate its birthday, Mastro’s gives 10 percent of cocktail proceeds to charity Sun 23–Oct 30. 520 N Dearborn St (312-521-5100). file under:charity case, cocktailiansRead Julia Kramer's review >>>

NORTH SHORE DISTILLERY Each tour now includes a donation to one of three local charities. 28913 Herky Dr, #308, Lake Bluff (847-574-2499). file under:charity case, cocktailians, road trip

THE OWL There’s a nice beer list and a 4am license. If you must ask for more, there’s also a waterfall. 2521 N Milwaukee Ave (773-235-5300). file under: late night, neighborhoodie

THE PUMP ROOM Think SoHo meets Miami Beach meets Billy Dec’s address book. 1301 N State Pkwy (312-601-2970). file under:see and be scene

THE SOFO TAP The new incarnation of SoFo offers Tuesday-night “Tringo”: part trivia, part bingo. 4923 N Clark St (773-784-7636). file under:gay scene, game night,neighborhoodie

SUSHISAMBA RIOOctober weekdays from 4–7pm are now Samba Hour, with $6 Peruvian cocktails and small plates.504 N Wells St (312-595-2300). file under:real deals

III FORKS The latest steakhouse chain comes with a 100-seat rooftop lounge. 333 E Benton Pl (312-938-4303). file under:the great outdoors