If you’ve lived in Chicago for any stretch of time, you’ve probably been to El Mariachi in Lakeview. The large back patio is a popular spot for group get-togethers, specifically the ones that involve day drinking. While the OK Mexican food here isn’t going to win any awards (the menu has standards like breakfast burritos and tequila french toast), nothing costs over $10.99. So, honestly, you really can’t afford to not come here.
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Entente serves high-end food at reasonable prices in a cool Lakeview space with A$AP Rocky in the background. Makes no sense, but works great.
Southport Lanes & Billiards
Southport Lanes is a great neighborhood bar with a bowling alley and billiards tables.
Tied House is a restaurant attached to Schubas in Lakeview, serving upscale new American food.
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Bárbaro Taqueria y Cantina
Bárbaro is a taqueria in Humboldt Park with great cocktails and decent tacos.
La Josie is a lively modern Mexican restaurant in the West Loop with a huge selection of tequila and great tacos.
Bar Sotano is a bar in an alley in River North, and it serves great cocktails and Mexican small plates.
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