Longman & Eagle

For whiskey fans, Longman & Eagle makes a mean manhattan and features a seriously vast lineup of whiskey, scotch, bourbon and rye. (April 6, 2012)

FOR TEQUILA
Masa Azul
2901 W. Diversey Ave. 773-687-0300
This Latin-inspired bar and restaurant on the border of Logan Square and Avondale may be small, but it packs an impressive collection of artisanal tequilas, from unaged silver to super-aged anejo. For tequila fans searching for something new, a seat at the bar here is the gateway to experimenting with other Mexican-made spirits such as mezcal or sotol. When you stop by, be sure to say “hi” to RedEye’s Best Bartender of 2012, Jenny Kessler.

FOR BEER
Revolution Brewing
2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-2739
Want a seat at Logan Square’s sole brewpub? Arrive early, since this no-reservations bar is consistently packed. The crowds are a testament to the tasty brews, which include wheats, pale ales, IPAs, saisons, stouts and more. Lunch, dinner and brunch menus include vegetarian- and vegan-friendly options, making it a destination for beer lovers of all kinds.

FOR WHISKEY
Longman & Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave. 773-276-7110
Not sure what kind of whiskey you’re in the mood for? This bar/restaurant combo (with an inn upstairs) has you covered with a hefty whiskey menu that serves rye, bourbon, scotch and white whiskey, with many priced at $3 a shot. For sipping, look to the cocktail menu for spins on classic whiskey drinks such as a manhattan spiced up with cherry bitters.

FOR RUM
The Whistler
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-227-3530
Thanks to the popularity of this bar’s tiki nights, you can now find a rum-spiked tiki drink on special every night of the week. Decide whether you like a light, dark or spiced rum best by trying a few samples in a flight. Bonus: Head outside on warmer nights to the semi-hidden patio out back.

FOR GIN
Scofflaw
3201 W. Armitage Ave. 773-252-9700
The team behind this gin-focused corner bar has serious neighborhood cred thanks to time spent working at The Whistler, Boiler Room and Longman & Eagle. Order a gin-based cocktail (all $8 or less, as is the food) and grab a seat at the bar or opt for one of the plush wingback chairs.