Few bars have so much going for them: excellent tequila– and whiskey-based drinks, tacos worth the long wait, an all-vinyl soundtrack of classic Americana, a massive bar and a patio that calls like a siren come summertime. Big Star is one of the most popular bars in town, for locals and visitors alike. A massive second location opened in Wrigleyville just in time for the 2018 Cubs season opener but doesn’t appear to have thinned crowds at the Wicker Park stalwart.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: La Paloma, topped with Mexican Squirt
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: If you’re day-drinking, skip the patio line and head to the bar. It’s more fun inside, anyway.