Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 486-2473 bluebirdchicago.com41.913740 -87.677183 1749 N Damen Ave (at Willow St) Bucktown, Chicago
DinnerAverage small plate: $15
This beer-focused tavern didn’t intend to be such a food destination, but the eats here are taking center stage. Tempting small plates, such as orange-marinated olives, Wisconsin cheddar mac and cheese and paprika-spiced wings are tough to choose from, so don’t—spend the evening grazing while sampling through the vast beer list. Don’t know good suds from duds? The staff members are pretty well-versed, and even when they’re slammed on weekend nights, they tend to field questions or offer suggestions.