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The bar scene in the Windy City continues to impress with an ever-changing list of establishments waiting to serve up your next craft brew or cocktail. If you’re ready for something new, pull up a bar stool at one of these new Chicago bars and give them a warm welcome to Chi-Town:
Corridor Brewery & Provisions
The West Lakeview neighborhood is home to a new farmhouse craft brewery and restaurant – Corridor Brewery & Provisions. The beer list includes many farmhouse ales and hop-forward beers that are only available at the brewery, but you can skirt around this minor stipulation by purchasing 32-ounce to-go cans. Enjoy your brew of choice with an artisan pizza baked in Corridor’s clay hearth oven.
The Betty
The Betty, a newcomer to the Fulton Market District of the West Loop, is already earning accolades like “Best New Bar” from “Chicago Magazine.” This dimly-lit neighborhood gathering place offers up a diverse food and drink menu that can fit a variety of occasions. Don’t miss the chance to try craft cocktails like “The Pink Slip” made with mezcal, sherry, curacao, pineapple syrup and cranberry bitters.
Best Intentions
The quirky Marble bar in Logan Square may have transformed into Best Intentions last year, but the dive bar vibe lives on. With a limited food menu, throw-back cocktails and canned beers are the top sellers, and the bill won’t break the bank. If the weather is right, snag a spot on the spacious rear patio complete with a second bar.
Lost Lake
Transport yourself back to 1930s Hollywood and the original Don’s Beachcomber Café with a stop at Lost Lake, a tiki bar at Avondale and Logan Square. The banana-leaf print wallpaper and the staff dressed in tropical attire make Lost Lake a sight to see. Not sure which tropical cocktail to enjoy first? Try the namesake “Lost Lake” made with aged Jamaican rum, passionfruit, lime, pineapple, maraschino and Campari.
Queen Mary Tavern
Even though Queen Mary Tavern opened only months ago in November 2015, it already feels lived in and welcoming. Rich wood covers most of the British maritime-themed bar on Division Street in Wicker Park, and the simple menu highlights fine gin, rum and scotch. If you’re feeling extra prim and proper, order up the hot tea punch and a bowl of steaming clam chowder as a nod to the Brits.