The bar chart | Sept 13–19, 2012

Our heated assessment of where to drink this week.

 (Photograph: Michael Jarecki)
Photograph: Michael JareckiCanto
 (Photograph: Nick Murway)
Photograph: Nick MurwaySky Terrace at the Ivy Hotel
 (Photograph: Jason Little)
Photograph: Jason LittleThe Bedford
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsThe J. Parker
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsOld Town Pour House
 (Photograph: Colin Beckett)
Photograph: Colin BeckettRM Champagne Salon

THE BAR BELOW “The bar below” Loop diner Beef & Brandy has remodeled and added a craft-beer list. 127 S State St (312-372-3451).file under:beer geeks,college kids, happy hour

THE BEDFORD Michael Simon has unleashed an updated beverage menu (e.g., Pimm’s with lemongrass tonic). 1612 W Division St (773-235-8800). file under:bank vaults, cocktailians

CANTO A room adjacent to Bob San sushi is now an occasional cocktail and karaoke lounge. 1809 W Division St (773-235-8888). file under:random, total eclipses of the heart

THE J. PARKER We’re going to be on this rooftop until the down coats come out. 1816 N Clark St (312-254-4747). file under:cocktailians, great escapes

OLD TOWN POUR HOUSEThis is a beer bar. But that hasn’t stopped it from rolling out a new cocktail menu. 1419 N Wells St (312-477-2800).file under: lost in beer-geek territory

THE PONYHonky Tonk Wednesdays (featuring live country music) now pick up the midweek at this sports bar. 1638 W Belmont Ave (773-828-5055).file under:live music

RM CHAMPAGNE SALONChampagne, oysters, miniature cakes and everything else you need to feel special. 116 N Green St (312-243-1199). file under:date night, luxury lives!, winos

SKY TERRACE AT THE IVY How did this stylish roof deck keep its opening so under the radar? 233 E Ontario St (312-335-5444). file under:swank spots