Downtown bars are oddly difficult to come by, but here are a handful of post-work destinations for your imbibing pleasure.
A classic that's lovable and notable for NOT being fancy or luxe. Old-school Chicago spot that provides a welcome reprieve from tourists. Love the jumbo shrimp cocktail.
The best darn sports bar I know of in the downtown vicinity. Food's solid too- try a burger.
It's tough to find upscale Irish food, and this charmer nails it. Great date spot that remains untouristy despite its Michigan Ave location.
The menu lets you opt for small or large portions, so dabble away! After all, the chef is Top Chef alumna Sarah Grueneberg. The lobster roll sliders are divine.
Burgers are the draw (and the buns are top-notch!), but I'm enamored with the boozy milkshakes--try the salty caramel w/ Maker's Mark.
The food here is almost too culinarily highbrow for bar grub, but I'm not complaining! Also a superb pick for watching WI Badger games (go Bucky!).