Pabst Blue Ribbon is a premium lager brew crafted with a hefty infusion of 6-row barley in its ingredient package, a carefully balanced carbohydrate profile from corn syrup, and a unique combination of Pacific domestic hops blended with an imported Yugoslavian variety.  Fermented with a pure culture of yeast and aged at high gravity, PBR is cellared and finished to the smooth, robust likeness of a fine Pilsner. Website.

Great food and good times... that's what is waiting for you at Hamburger Mary's Bar & Grille! Dine downstairs on gourmet burgers, jumbo salads, a wide variety of wraps, sandwiches, entrees and desserts... then head upstairs to Mary's Attic for a nightcap! 5400 N. Clark. Website.

Steeped in Chicago history, the original 1930s mahogany bars and back bars are still the focal points at this Andersonville hangout. The owner became a bootlegger during Prohibition, and cashed people's paychecks while sitting in a bullet-proof booth, which is still there. Mosaic tables dot the space, which is surrounded with wood paneling. A mural, painted in the 1940s, depicts the owner and his friends partying after a deer hunt. After the death of the original owner, his son owned the bar until 1994. If you ask, the current owner may even take you on a tour. This is a very friendly place, where the clientele are folks that go to socialize and have interesting conversation, not get falling-down drunk. 5210 N. Clark.

While Atmosphere draws a large, eclectic mix, the crowd is predominantly gay and lesbian. There's never a cover, though the space does host special events and benefits that are always open to the public. A 30-foot-long bar and an elevated seating area overlook the dance floor, often set in motion by a deejay spinning dance hits and house standards. Exposed brick walls, galvanized metal and hardwood floors and warm lighting create an inviting upscale ambience. Want a reprieve from the hoopla? Head for the rear lounge and relax on cushioned benches. 5355 Clark. Website.

Sofo, which stands for South of Foster, features a bright red palette and colorful local art, which makes this a casual neighborhood hang to grab a drink in Uptown. Located in the former Different Stroke space, expect a mostly gay and lesbian crowd. TVs and flatscreens behind the bar will show videos and other entertainment while you sip your drink. When warm weather and sun makes an appearance, the spot's most noteworthy feature is its backyard-style beer garden with a wooden fence, greenery and bar built out of an old garage. 4923 Clark. Website.

There has been a bar at 5240 N. Clark St. ever since 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed. Farragut's, which opened in February 1997, is the fourth in a line that started with the Andersonville Inn. Anna Benedetto, Farragut's owner, knows this because she grew up in the neighborhood, and remembers when Andersonville was THE neighborhood bar on this stretch of Clark Street. Now, Benedetto wants Farragut's to fill the same function. After taking over from the previous owners, who ran a Jamaican bar called Soul Jam, Benedetto put in big, welcoming windows which open out to the street on hot summer days. The vintage interior remains, and a good mix of local regulars keep this neighborhood bar full.

Opened in spring 2009 as the Cattle Call, this GLBT bar in Andersonville has dropped the country-western focus but kept the dance party vibe. Themed nights include Showtunes Wednesdays and video dance parties on Saturdays featuring everything from Lady Gaga to disco. 1547 W. Bryn Mawr (Bryn Mawr and Clark). Website.


Opened in December 2013, the New American joint from chef Kevin McMullen features a variety of small plates, bar bites and larger dishes. For small plates, guests can enjoy items such as crab dip, chicken liver pate, grilled mussels with lemon and a cheese plate. For larger plates, diners can indulge in a burger (shallot jam, Tillamook cheddar, bacon), pork belly, scallops, risotto, salmon, hanger steak and more. Not too hungry? Sample one of the bar bites, such as popcorn with bacon powder and chives or roasted peanuts with sumac and mint. The drink menu features classics, such as an Old Fashioned, as well as the joint’s own concoctions, such as the White Riot (gin, luxardo, orange, rhubarb bitters, ango bitters and ginger beer).

Chicago Costume has been outfitting Chicago in brilliant costumes since 1976, we can fully customize any costume from a one-person performance to an entire corporate event. The business was started by Mary Hickey Panayotou when she was custom designing rental costumes out of her home, and customers began to ask about purchasing accessories, makeup, wigs and full costumes- a larger space was needed and their store on Fullerton was born. Chicago Costume has since grown to include Mary's son Courtland, his wife Erin and many other family members and friends throughout the year.

Chicago Costume works with local theaters and actors, films- both professional and student, corporate events and meetings, museums, PR companies, restaurants and bars, and many, many more! 1120 W. Fullerton & 4727 W. Montrose Website.

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Like its Lincoln Park sibling, this Andersonville BYOB has a pizza focus, offering super-thin crust, thin crust, pan, stuffed and double-decker pies. This location also offers something the other doesn't: Chicago-style Italian ice. There's even a Taylor Street-esque walk-up window, so you can grab your ice or pizza by the slice when they weather's balmy. (There's also a designated carryout area inside for true Chicago weather.) Website.



Customers at this Andersonville spot can shoot pool or sit on couches in a den-like area and watch videos. We found owner Art Avoka watching "The Bear," a French film. "This is a very friendly place to eat and talk, make some friends," he said. The menu features pizza, burgers, salads and the signature "chicken chops" (marinated chicken cut in a chop shape served on a toasted pita).Website.