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Bull & Bear

View Map431 N. Wells St. , Chicago
Tel: (312) 527-5973
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Bull & Bear
After many an opening delay in the last quarter recession of '08, this market-themed gastropub opened two days after our man Obama’s swearing in. The real reason for the hold is because of a labor dispute with the contractors, but the timing is certainly revenue hopeful.

There is a double entendre with the city's sports teams, of course, supported by dozens of 50-inch plasma TVs, but everything else in the two-tiered lofted space is all numbers and trade, marquee-ed by a live 40-foot stock ticker above a front room bar the same length. While a wall of classic, leather-buttoned executive chair-fashioned booths support the rear. We're not sure what their personal beer taps, attached to said tables with LED pay-by-the-ounce readings, have to do with Wall Street, but they're the second of their kind in the country, and supremely cool.

The Wells Street Journal menu carries the gimmick further, offering power lunch-meets-game time treats like bison and brie burgers, buttered English rolls stuffed with cucumber tarragon mayo, and a barrage of "Liquid Assets" (cocktails) mixed with oddities like basil and blueberry-infused Patron. The ingredients can work up the price of the tab pretty quick, but luckily B&B does make like the market once again and offer plenty of under-$9 app and $5 imported brew options.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul

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