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» Brand-New Bars
Get divey on Grace; go downstairs at River North's Curio.
» Haunted Haunts
Throw back a few shots of liquid courage before getting spooked at these haunted taps.
» Let's Go Alfresco
Want to eat or drink outside? We've found the finest Chicago beer gardens and sidewalk patios.
» In the House
Our picks for Chicago’s most underrated house music venues
» Rooftop Revelry
We've rounded up Chicago's rooftop decks, where you can imbibe up high.
» Where to Watch the 'Lost' Finale
Share your theories about TV's biggest mystery with fellow fans at these parties on Sunday.
» Forty Ounces to Freedom
Some Chicago bars that have embraced a trashy classic, which means more brew for you.
» Spring Pub Crawls
'Tis the season for progressive parties that don't require coats.
» Chicago Kentucky Derby Events
Enjoy specials while you watch the 'Run For the Roses' at these Chicago bars.
» Tasty Tax Relief
Save a little dough with these sweet and savory tax day deals.
» Springtime Secrets of Sour Beers
Pucker up - these locally available brews are about to launch a full-scale attack on your taste buds.
» Where to Watch the White Sox
Don't stop believin' that by drinking at these bars, you can will the good guys to success this season.
» Where to Watch the Cubs
Whether it's a miracle playoff run or yet another classic Cubby meltdown, these spots will keep you close (but not too close) to the action.
» Watch Your Team in the NCAA Tournament
Cheer with fellow fans at these Chicago bars.
» Where to Watch the Big Ten Tournament
Find your fellow fans at one of these school-affiliated Chicago sports bars.
» Oscar Night Outings
Make Academy Awards night as memorable for you as it is for the stars.
» The Revolution Will Be Brewed
Uncovering the evolution of Josh Deth's Revolution Brewing in Logan Square.
» Authentic Irish Pubs
Thanks to these Chicago pubs, you don't have to cross the Atlantic for a real taste of the Emerald Isle.
» Slainte! Beyond the Beer and Whiskey
You can sample some real Irish cocktails at Chicago's best pubs.
» Mardi Gras in Chicago
Here's where to celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Windy City in 2010.
» How To Help Haiti In Chicago
Local businesses make it easy to donate to Haiti earthquake victims.
» Dart Bars
The traditional pub game brings in some serious competition at these local joints.
» Where to Watch the Outback Bowl
Start wearing purple and visit these spots as the Northwestern Wildcats battle Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
» Taste of the Tropics
Wanna get away from Chicago's frigid temps? These bars will take you to a totally different climate.
» Lowering the Bar
Get the lowdown on Chicago's subterranean pubs.
» Getting Hammered Hearthside
Battle the winter blues with a drink or two at a bar with a roaring fireplace.
» Thanksgiving Eve Events
Give thanks for all the revelry going down on Black Wednesday, the biggest bar and club night of the year.
» Beaujolais Nouveau in Chicago
Local French restaurants celebrate the return of the seasonal vintage.
» Where to Have Your Holiday Party
Work will never be the same after you book a bash at one of these Chicago bars.
» Distraction-Free Drinking
Spark some stimulating conversation at one of these TV-less spots.
» Pump It Up
For a true taste of autumn in a glass, look no further than these pumpkin beers.
» All That Fizzes
Why toast with the standard bubbly when you can knock flutes filled with champagne cocktails?
» Party Like It's 2016
No matter who wins the Olympic bid, you'll have a place to celebrate.
» Fan-tastic Voyages
Chicago bars will boost your optimism for the season with fantasy football draft packages.
» Mojito Mania
Nothing beats the summer heat like a tall glass of this Cuban treat.
» Sold on Sangria
The refreshing wine cocktail goes down easy at these spots.
» Mixing History
Take a sip to the past with one of these traditional tipples.
» Vinegar Unveiled
You've had it in salads, soups and sauces, now try sipping the stuff in one of these vinegar-tinged libations.
» Party After Pride
After the Chicago Pride Parade is over, the real celebration is just beginning.
» Opening Day Deals
Nothing marks the beginning of baseball season like a free hot dog.
» Get Away from Guinness
Local bars carry alternative stouts for St. Pat's season.
» Single in the City
You don't need to believe in love to fall for these Valentine-inspired events.
» Dude, Where's My Beer?
Local "Beer Dude" Phil Kuhl gives us the lowdown on Sheffield's Beer School.
» I Like Cold-Weather Beverages
Toast the wind chill with these winter brrrews.
» Holiday Cocktails
Take a break from shopping to enjoy one of these comforting concoctions.
» Repeal Day Parties
Toast the end of Prohibition (75 years on) with a few drinks at these Chicago bars.
» Spirits of Christmas Present
Escape Chicago's holiday hotspots with a tipple of booze nearby.
» Around-the-World Wines
Party-ready bottles from Chicago's best independent wine shops.
» Cabaret Makes a Comeback
Classic cabaret meets modern-day Chicago.
» Where to Watch the Debate
Watch the final presidential debate at these local bars and restaurants.
» On Tap in Autumn
Forget mass-produced swill. We tell you where to find seasonal suds that channel the flavors of fall.
» Toasting Oktoberfest
Raise a stein and shout "prosit!" at the city's authentic German taps.
» Drunk Again, Naturally
By drinking organic booze, you just might be able to avoid that nasty hangover.
» Drink Before You Eat
Skip the apps and take a sip of these pre-dinner concoctions...your food will taste that much better.
» Cocktail Calorie Crunch
Go ahead, drink that fruity drink, it may be better for you than you think.
» Cocktails for Carnivores
Ham and cheese is no longer just for eating; try one of these meaty concoctions for a true liquid lunch.
» Gold Medal-Worthy Destinations
These Olympics-inspired deals will have you high-jumping for joy.
» It's an Age Thing
Like a fine wine, these barrel-aged beers have been fermented to an oaky perfection.
» Beer Town, Summer in the City
What pairs better with a hot summer day than a cold brew?
» Know Your Whites
Get the lowdown on Chicago's egg cocktails and enjoy a frothy tipple at one of these upscale bars.
» Sweet Sips of Liberty
Pledge your allegiance to these Americana cocktails while you celebrate another year of Independence.
» Master Shakers
A bar is only as good as the mixologist behind it, and these local spots are home to some of the best in the city.
» Brain Freeze
Evoke the summers of your youth with one of these blended beach-inspired drinks.
» Get Schooled in Shochu
Chicagoans looking for something new to pair with their sashimi will love these shochu cocktails.
» Where the Weiss Things Are
Put down the heavy brews and pick up a spring-friendly beer that’s citrusy and sweet.
» Ciders and Lambics and Meads (Oh My!)
These alternatives to beer pack sumptuous fruit flavor that will get you thinking about summer.
» Drinkable Desserts
Skip the cake and head straight for these sugar-shackled dessert drinks.
» The Art of Drinking Locally
Try these Midwest-made artisan spirits that won't wreak havoc on your carbon footprint.
» Absinthe in Body, Present in Spirit
Now that the Green Fairy is legal, local bartenders are using it to shake up some devilish little drinks.
» Cheers to Good Health
These elixirs might not swear you off booze for good, but they'll replenish your body before the next bender.
» Hitting the Head
These well-appointed bathrooms are worth a look, even if you don't have to go.
» Bar Madness
Quench your thirst for some tournament action at these watering holes.
» Color Me Cocktail Green
When you're tired of crappy green beer, try these green-tinted drinks for celebrating St. Pat's.
» Stop the Presses. Raise the Glasses.
Great reporters throughout Chicago's history have raised hell then raised a pint.
» Pick-up Class
When you're sick of cheesy lines, check out these spots for getting picked up in style.
» Flights to Fancy
Tandem displays of fine libations let you sample a little of each.
» Tapping into Temperance
Former speakeasies that went legit provide a heck of a history lesson along with your drink.
» Are You Being Served?
These bars welcome in the service industry folks when it's their turn to unwind.
» Snack Bars
We salute some taps around town that offer free bites with your booze.
» Would you? Could you? In a bar?
If you're not ready to call it quits, head to these spots where you can skirt the smoking ban.
» Easy on the Ears
Silence! Forgo loud bars and clubs for these spots that boast aural ambiences perfect for chatting.
» A Bar Full of Laughs
Improv nights at bars give up-and-coming talent a chance to shine—and you a cheap night out.
» Pup-friendly Pubs
Don't leave Fido out in the cold! A handful of taps allow our four-legged friends to hang out inside.
» A Whole New Bar Game
Put down the darts and pick up a more creative way to play.
» Some Like 'em Hot
These bubbling hot cocktails will thaw you from the inside.
» Caffeine and Cocktails
Take a shot, whether it’s of espresso or whiskey, at these coffeehouse-bar combos.
» Haute Cocktail Culture
Find out where to score the city's finest luxury libations.
» Imbibing Through Time
Everything old is new again at these keepers of the cocktail flame.
» Get in on the Buzz
Tired of waiting in line? Everyone's on the list at these exclusive-minded buzzer bars.
» Barhopping with the Big Ten
Get ready for the season's first Big Ten matchups on the field with our pigskin-ready pub picks.
» So Long, Summer!
Bid the heat adieu by visiting these watering holes with warm weather attractions.
» Back-to-School Bacchanalia
Whether you cheer on the Wildcats or the Blue Demons, we'll tell you where to go for some school spirits.
» Slashies: Historical Hybrids
These liquor store-slash-bars promise pretense-free boozing, whether you pull up a stool or take your hooch to go.
» Boogie Bars
Skip the club and opt for these bars, where you can get down and get drunk without dealing with a dress code or cover charge.
» Beach Bum Bars
Got some sand in your joints? Wash it out with some drinks at these seaworthy spots.
» Open 'til 4 or More
These late-night haunts will keep your crew chugging well into the morning.
» Dinner, er, Drink and a Movie
Thumbs up for five of our fave barroom movie nights.
» Hotter than Hooters
Scantily clad bar staff titillate your every sense.
» Let the Games Begin
Test your sporty skills with Chicago's best bar games.
» Chuggin' and Muggin'
Capture those boozy memories in old-fashioned photo booths.
» Enjoying the Cubs, Avoiding the Crowds
Take advantage of post- and pre-game neighborhood samplings without the prices and pretensions of Wrigleyville.
» Wi-fi Watering Holes
Five places to get online while enjoying your libations.
» Antiox Your Intox
Get a health boost with your buzz from five fancy drinks that go way beyond the pomegranate martini.
» Shake Your Groove Thang
Old favorites rock parties like never before thanks to funky local DJs.
» Giving Tequila a Fair Shot
Fom agave to anejo, Sauza to shooters, these locales will renew your faith in tequila.
» Juke Joints
These well-stocked jukeboxes will have you saving up quarters for more than laundry.
» A Night of Natural Buzzing
Keep your conscience clean with organic and biodynamic boozing.
» Sunday Sippin'
These colorful cocktails will kick-start your Sunday.
» Bossa Nova Nights
These local spots spread the Brazilian love, mixing mean capirinhas and bossa nova beats.
» Bingo at the Bar-o
Bingo makes a killer comeback with the pre-retirement crowd.
» Beer For Breakfast!
Because you can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.
» It's Glogg Time
Practice saying it with us: Jag skulle vilja ha et glögg, tack!
» Cheap Bar Burgers that Don't Suck
Sure, you're only paying a dollar. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't have a million dollar meal.
» Beyond the Hopleaf
We love it, too. But it's not the only good spot for a gourmet brew.
» Grungy Punk Bars
Break out the Ramones tee and your best Johnny Rotten sneer and take a ride to the best drinking caves in town.
» A Steal on Suds
A quick primer on Chicago's bargain beer.
» Bring on the Bourbon
A few spots around Chicago that serve the best thing to come out of Kentucky.
» Fancier Than Fries
Gourmet meals abound at these hip lounges.
» Bars With Board Games
Scrabble victories (and defeats) are better done over cocktails.
» Brew-ha-ha
Take a tour of the area's microbreweries.
» Totally Karaoke
Electronic karaoke: The best music videos you'll ever see.
» Hemingway Days
A book and a beer go perfectly here.
» Bloody Mary Bars
Make-your-own goodness, with oodles of ingredients.
» Baseball, Bigwigs and Breaded Steak
Stop by Bridgeport…or the 'Port, as they say.

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