Subway: Green, Pink to Ashland(312) 666-6775 bottomlounge.com41.885418 -87.661728 1375 W Lake St (between Ada St and Ogden Ave) West Loop, Chicago
Sun, Wed, Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 11:30am–1am; Sat 11am–2:30amAverage beer: $6
Good things do come from CTA construction: Forced from its former Belmont plot, the Bottom Lounge has been reborn in the West Loop, and it’s swank. So impressively large is this new live music venue that lounge seems totally inappropriate as a part of the name. The bar feels like a rocker hangout that thrives regardless of what is happening in the live room, which (with its own absinthe-serving bar) is well proportioned. Recent acts have ranged from Battles to the Rocket Summer, with a healthy amount of electronic shows popping up as well. Kitschy bonus: Upstairs sits the tiki-themed Volcano Room.