Subway: Red to Grand(312) 265-1240 publichousechicago.com41.889551 -87.628194 400 N State St (at Kinzie St) River North, Chicago
Mon–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11:30am–2amAverage beer: $7.50
The glitzy sports bar from the Bull & Bear folks is a hit—and why not? The food—pretzel with cheese fondue, burgers with crispy fries, desserts by HotChocolate’s Mindy Segal—is as good as you could eat while Sugar Ray is blasting. The awesome beer list makes the extensive offerings accessible via icons that even denote what kind of glass each brew is served in. As for the much buzzed-about table-taps and wall-taps (yes, that’s beer taps built into the walls), our server was so on top of her game, we’ll gladly leave those to the high rollers.