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Best Bars For Foodies In Chicago

June 13, 2013 7:00 AM

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For the true epicurean, a great meal calls for an equally great drink. Unfortunately, it seems that some restaurants let beer, wine or spirits take a backseat to the house specialties. In the Chicago area, however, there are plenty of bars that offer both great food and a mouth-watering selection of drinks that include more than the old standbys. To get started, consider checking out the following bars with a wide selection of both food and beverages.
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Lady Gregory’s
5260 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-5050
www.ladygregorys.com

You could pop in to Lady Gregory’s in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood for the ambience alone. Furnished with a library and antique details, Lady Gregory’s offers a cozy atmosphere for enjoying a great meal and a drink. It offers a selection of standard pub fare, including hamburgers and roasted chicken, as well as unexpected selections, like beet salad, bison burgers and macaroni and cheese with cold water lobster; gluten-free and vegetarian selections are also available. And what should you have to drink with your meal? Get ready to spend a considerable time perusing the drinks menu, which includes more than 75 different types of bottled beer, about 20 draft beers and more than 300 whiskies and a reserve selection of wine.

The Beer Bistro
1061 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 433-0013
www.thebeerbistro.com

If you’re looking for some food to go with your beer, then consider checking out The Beer Bistro. Located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, the bar offers pizza, burgers, salads and soups. But what you really want is the beer. The bar offers approximately 20 different beers on tap, including Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Delirium Tremens and Three Floyds Gumballhead, and more than 110 types of beer in bottles. In addition to favorites like Goose Island and Budweiser, the Beer Bistro also offers Orval, Rogue Dead Guy and Two Brothers, ensuring there is something for any kind of beer drinker. The Beer Bistro also has a second location in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

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Gather 
4539 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625
(773) 506-9300
www.gatherchicago.com

For those who enjoy a good glass of wine with an evening meal, consider heading to Gather Chicago in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. The wine bar will keep you both watered and fed with its selection of wine, cocktails and food. Gather Chicago offers an almost dizzying array of wine with a menu that spans the globe. Want to celebrate a promotion, a milestone or just a Friday? Gather Chicago has you covered with its wine menu, ensuring you can find something special for any occasion. It also offers beer and cocktails, and has an extensive food menu that includes both shared items and full entrees.

Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar
954 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 292-1616
www.rootstockbar.com

Whether you want to explore new wines or just stick with an old favorite, Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar has you covered. Located in Humboldt Park, the bar’s wine list reaches to Italy, Spain, Argentina, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Coast, giving you a broad selection of wines that will match your mood. It also offers an extensive selection of craft beers, as well as brandy, port and sherry. Its food menu rotates frequently and showcases seasonal food, and the selection includes burgers, salads and a cheese plate; it also recently opened for Sunday brunch.

Chief O’Neill’s Pub & Restaurant
3471 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 583-3066
www.chiefoneillspub.com

When you think of the traditional Irish pub, you probably think of Guinness, Guinness and more Guinness. And while Chief O’Neill’s does serve Guinness, its drink selection covers quite a bit of ground, including an extensive array of craft beers, wine, cocktails and whiskey that are sure to keep anyone happy. The food menu also includes traditional Irish dishes, as well as sandwiches, salads and a children’s menu. The pub also offers a Sunday brunch, which is not to be missed.

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Megan Horst-Hatch is a mother, runner, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in “-er.” She loves nothing more than a great cupcake, and writes at I’m a Trader Joe’s Fan. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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