The Betty | West Loop/Fulton Market | Craft Cocktails, Must-Visit Bar | Bar

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Hours: Daily 4 PM-1 AM

A gorgeous, spacious, comfortable space to await your dinner reservation in the Fulton Market district, from the folks behind Bangers & Lace. The beverage program is overseen by Peter Vestinos, who's installed a cocktail list that features the redemption of the Stinger (made with Fernet) and a spirits list with some troublingly steep prices ($17 for an Old Grand 114!). Small plates by Rachel Dow. —Mike Sula

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Situated next door to the Publican, this spot from Footman Hospitality (Bangers & Lace, Sparrow, the Anthem) takes on the old-school Chicago tavern concept—but the sheer enormity of the space mostly swallows that approach right up. That’s not to say the rickety player piano, stuffed peacock, and impossibly long red couch situated in front of a bookcase teeming with antiques aren’t impressive. They are. But they can feel more like arch window dressing than part of a natural flow. The drink menu is vast with wine, brandy, cognac, plenty of beers, and cocktails (including a trio of "nightcaps"). The Coffee + Cigarettes, with rye, sweet vermouth, Madagascar vanilla, and orange flower water, was thick and boozy, while the Stormbringer—Scotch, pear brandy, zubrowka, spiced syrup, white balsamic—was crisper. Also available is an adequately sized food menu that includes salads and cheeses to cassoulet and whole fish. For dessert, the housemade ice cream drumstick is well worth the $5 price of admission. —Kevin Warwick