Reed's Local | Avondale | Dive Bar, Bar | Bar

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After the purchase of bare-bones Avondale watering hole Wally's Lounge—owned and operated for decades by its namesake, an elderly European charmer with an encyclopedic knowledge of dirty jokes and a bar stocked with perverted gag toys—my worst fear was that it would be gutted and transformed into a highfalutin' fancy-pants craft cocktail bar (see: Logan Square). Luckily, new owner Joel Hill—along with brother Trevor and wife Melissa—have kept the dive-bar concept intact. They spiffed the joint up a little bit by adding more seating, some fresh coats of paint, and a couple vintage arcade games, as well as giving it the name Reed’s Local—in tribute to the Hill brothers’ late father—but it remains a good neighborhood spot to visit for a cheap-as-hell shot-and-beer combo (an Old Crow and can of Hamm’s is only four bucks) and some pleasant run-ins with locals. —Luca Cimarusti

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