Tack Room | Pilsen/Little Village | Music Bar, Craft Cocktails, Must-Visit Bar | Bar

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Hours: Sun 9 AM-3 PM, 5 PM-2 AM; Mon-Fri 11 AM-3 PM, 5 PM-2 AM; Sat 9 AM-3 PM, 5 PM-3 AM

Piano bar in the carriage house of Dusek's, in Thalia Hall. Live entertainment begins at 9 PM Thursday through Saturday.

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The name’s a sly reference to the building's 19th century heritage as a carriage house, but there’s no horse tack to be found in Thalia Hall's cozy, candlelit Tack Room. Interior design elements—weathered cowboy boots, animal skulls, playing cards artfully arranged on shelves—appear ransacked from the set of HBO’s Deadwood. Thankfully, the wild-west aesthetic isn’t too overwrought and the drinks pass muster. Beyond a light selection of craft beers and wine, there are more than a dozen cocktails, ranging from classics like a Sazerac and a mint julep to custom creations such as the Tack Room Buck, which includes bourbon and housemade carrot-ginger beer. While the food menu has some meal-size items (a Juicy Lucy and a sausage sandwich, for instance), the focus is on elevated bar snacks and desserts fit for a Rockefeller more than Buffalo Bill. The best nights to visit are Thursdays through Saturdays when a pianist takes song requests. On a recent evening, the room erupted into sing-alongs to songs by Billy Joel and Fiona Apple. —Ryan Smith