Subway: Blue to Western(773) 489-4757 charlestonchicago.com41.919945 -87.680203 2076 N Hoyne Ave (at Charleston St) Bucktown, Chicago
Sun–Fri 6pm–2am; Sat 6pm–3amAverage beer: $5
Hipsters, yuppies, freaks, dirty old men and bluegrass bands used to pack this beloved corner tap, which changed ownership in 2011 and underwent a bit of a personality shift. Darker, sleeker and with more focus on DJs with underground cred, the Charleston has morphed into quite a scene. The newer Bucktown residents are happy as clams, plunking down tens for Moscow mules, while those dirty old men have shuffled off to find the few remaining dives nearby.