Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 360-7650 gunnerschicago.com41.908605 -87.674440 1467 N Milwaukee Ave (at Honore St) Wicker Park, Chicago
Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 1pm–3am; Sun 11am–2amAverage cocktail: $8
How does this tavern turn out such a good margarita? Owners Eric and Dan Palm honed their skills for a combined 22 years at the Matchbox and the adjacent Silver Palm. Though their new bar is more spacious, they’ve brought a taste of their past with them: The margarita has the Matchbox’s signature powdered-sugar rim that coats your lips like candy, and gimlets are mixed with the maximum amount of fresh-squeezed lime juice, then shaken and poured tableside. Save the salud!-ing for the nearby Salud Tequila Lounge, though: The Palm bros might make great margaritas, but their bar’s vibe is a little more Cheers.