Grab a seat at the bar, order a beer, and definitely look at the food menu. Here are places where you should go just as much for the food as the booze.
The new addition means you won't have to fight for a seat like before - good news, because now it's easier to score tastes from the excellent beer list. Food recommendation: the insane cashew butter, fig jam, and raclette cheese sandwich.
This place can do no wrong - great beers and pizza. It's often crowded, so get there early and remember that the wait is worth it.
Fantastic bar bites like smoked cheese with tomato jam and crispy chicken legs.
The Gage offers dishes that are classics with a sense of whimsy. Try the Scotch eggs! There's also an exceptional cocktail program, so make sure to peruse a menu.
I've loved every cocktail I've ever tried here, especially The Blinker, made with whiskey and raspberry.
Great beer selection, cozy bar, and friendly staff! A nice change from lots of the Diversey bars.
This place can do no wrong - great beer and oysters and brunch. Also try: mussels, fish stews, and roasted chicken.
Head in for tasty charcuterie - try the lamb salami and the hot dog flight - and stay to watch your game in the bar.
The cocktail menu is enormous, but you can just point and pick at random—every single one is going to be good. Also awesome: the brunch menu, fried cheese curds, an abundant cheese plate... I could keep going.
Great beer selection and mussels make this a solid neighborhood resto.
Burgers, beer, fried cheese curds—this is my Midwest cuisine happy place.
I am ALWAYS in the mood for Au Cheval. The bologna sandwich is my favorite, but I also love the burger, the fries with mornay sauce, the duck heart hash, the matzo ball soup, the salad...
Solid spot for a cocktail - if you go late, hit the frites takeout window in back.
The panna cotta is a must order. Plus, free bar snacks during happy hour!
Try pizza by the slice, like the boiler room with PBR meatballs and giardiniera for $4. You can always order whole vegan pies and on Tuesdays get 'em by the slice.
An ever-changing beer list and great sausages make this a Wicker Park gem.