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.
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.
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.
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.
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.