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WHY HERE: Handlebar has been around as long as Wicker Park has been hip. A go-to hang for bike messengers and vegans, it draws aging punks and day-drunk millennials who hang in harmony at this homey eatery.

WHY NOW: Grit this good can’t be fabricated. The bar couldn’t care less about its Instagram appeal (or lack thereof), so put the phone down, order a Green Meanie and Bloody Mary, and shut up about it.

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2311 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647