Other Bars & Drinking stories
Some of our favorite bars made their last calls this year. Here’s where to go instead.
|Miss the Bluebird?
Great bites, surprising wines by the glass, pretense-free staff: This Bucktown date-night staple from the Webster’s Wine Bar crew had it all.
|Try Webster’s Wine Bar
For starters, it’s the same owners. And the smart bartenders here are just as apt to point you toward a something special. Logan Square, 2601 N. Milwaukee Ave., websterwinebar.com
|Miss Nick’s Uptown?
There may never be a funkier place to grab a cold, cheap drink than this bar inside a former Egyptian-themed art deco supper club.
|Try Ten Cat Tavern
The room isn’t on the same scale, but there’s still pool to be played and an over-the-top mosaic wall to take in. Lake View, 3931 N. Ashland Ave.
|Miss Spin Nightclub?
Underage LGBT kids lost a dance-crazy safe space when this 18-and-older Boystown mainstay shut down in May.
|Try Chances Dances
The roving gay-friendly dance party pops up at bars all around town— the Hideout, Subterranean—for the “Shake It Off” crowd. chancesdances.org
|Miss Small Bar?
The Wicker Park tavern was beloved by beer geeks and fans of international soccer.
The beer selection may not measure up, but the TVs are more plentiful and the soccer fans just as rabid. Ukrainian Village, 1935 W. Chicago Ave., cleosbar.com
3 weeks ago