Best Intentions

Logan Square may have lost the beloved neighborhood bar Marble, but a cozy corner tavern stepped into its place, perfect if you love the Pixies and dream of drinking angostura bitters on draft (shots are available for $4 a pop). A cushioned bar ledge cradles your elbows while you down sorta fancy cocktails, chat with … Read more

Pub Royale

A British-Indian bar on increasingly bland Division Street could have been a mess of subcontinental kitsch and curry. Instead, in the able hands of Heisler Hospitality (Sportsman’s Club), it’s more Darjeeling Limited than colonialist throwback. Despite “pub” in the name, the focus is on refreshing cocktails, with a whole section devoted to Royale Cups (fruity … Read more

Breakroom Brewery

It ain’t the out-there Band of Bohemia (No. 4), but Breakroom exceeds expectations with its broad beer menu, impressive hand-carved bar from the woodworking shop next door, and more than enough room for you. And your date. And your 12 closest friends. 2925 W. Montrose Ave., 773-564-9534 Crowd Neighborhood couples on laid-back date nights Food … Read more

Lost Lake

The city’s best new bar is . . . a tiki bar? Didn’t Chicago name a tiki bar the best new drinking spot in 2014, too? Why is this magazine so obsessed with tiki bars? Yes, yes, and truly, we’re not. But when the legendary bartender Paul McGee (Whistler, Three Dots and a Dash) concocts … Read more