If, in your youth, you partied hard at Halligan and the rest of the Lincoln Park bar crawl scene, Hook and Ladder (2270 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-857-0546) is for you. The spot opened last weekend, and it’s from the same owner as Halligan (and is even connected to it by a hidden doorway), but it’s meant for those who’ve aged out of the rowdy bar scene a bit but aren’t ready to completely let go of Saturday nights in the nabe.
The booze comes cheap, but here it’s better stuff ($2 Bud Lights, yes, but also $2 Three Floyds Alpha Kings). The jukebox is a little more eclectic, the place is a little more cleaned up, the seats come a little comfier. It’s a bar you can actually hang out in without losing your hearing or getting squished within an inch of your life.
Here’s what we saw when we stopped in Saturday night.Edit Module