by Valerie Moloney - 331 Reviews - 96 List
Another year, another beer, and boy did we drink a few at Chicago's 2008 bar openings. We were buzzed in every season: We boozed at hotel lounges, inside gastropubs and by DJ stands modeled after church altars. Here, in no particular order, find the best new scenes of the year.
Updated: November 24, 2008
When the home teams are losing, there's one more reason to hate a sports bar. But face it, Chicago, this city is dotted with them. Ups to this Division Street staple for bringing more to the formula than Budweiser mirrors and video poker. Strategically placed flatscreens, gussied-up bar food and multiple levels of lounging make it easier to cope on game days.
On name alone, this basement-level bar won the affection of Lakeview residents looking to throw down shots like it's 1993. And why wouldn't they? It reminds all of spring break: beach chairs on sand, a tiki bar and a friendly crowd swaying to live bands.