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The Next Round

Bars we’re thirsting for as of presstime, either yet to open or too new to review


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Scenes from some of our top bars and clubs

These spots merit some hang time even if you don't stay for the food

Best spots for $2 Guinness pints, judgment-free dancing, White Sox sightings, and more

BEAUTY BAR We’re reserving judgment on the salonification of the spot formerly known as Sonotheque until it reopens as this beauty-shop-themed chain. 1444 W. Chicago Ave.

CHARLESTON We’re also curious to see the former Sonotheque honcho Joe Bryl’s loungey plans for this one-time dusty Bucktown tap. 2076 N. Hoyne Ave.

EXCHANGE While still putting the finishing touches on their third Small Bar, the owners tackled yet another proj­ect: revamping their Wicker Park DJ den, Lava, as this cocktail lounge. 1270 N. Milwaukee Ave.

LATE BAR In the wake of the 2009 closings of Sonotheque and Lava, will this Avondale newbie save dance music? 3534 W. Belmont Ave.

REVOLUTION BREWING House-brewed beer from Handlebar’s Josh Deth: We can’t wait to raise our pints in salute. 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

TOUCH While the West Loop’s similar, if ill-fated, Madpoison Ultra Lounge is yet to open, this high-tech “iBar” is launching at Lake View’s old Bungalow Lounge-bar address. 1622 W. Belmont Ave.

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