Map Room | Wicker Park/Bucktown | Music venue, Classic Bar, Craft Beer, Must-Visit Bar | Music venue

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Hours: Breakfast: Monday-Saturday
Monday-Friday 6:30 AM-2 AM, Saturday 7:30 AM-3 AM, Sunday 11 AM-2 AM

Price: $

26 taps and a selection of 200 bottles make this a beer-drinker's destination. The bar serves coffee, breakfast pastries, and sandwiches till 11 AM; liquor follows. Cash only.

Bar Details

The Map Room honors its name with a huge relief map painted on the wall, flags of the world hanging from the ceiling, and an impressive draft list—26 taps and one firkin—that's roughly half imports, with regular appearances by Stiegl and La Trappe and an especially fine selection of Belgian beers. (Only the Hopleaf does Belgians better in Chicago.) There's no cocktail menu, but if you're missing one, you really ought to consider developing a taste for beer, if only so you can fully appreciate this Chicago treasure. Unaccompanied patrons should feel free to treat the shelves and shelves of old National Geographic magazines as more than just decor—I once lost track of time reading one of Jacques Cousteau’s first English-language stories in an issue from the 1950s. —Philip Montoro