So, I've been in Chicago nine months and I haven't found my perfect bar. I need your help.
When I lived in Dallas it was Lee Harvey's (think about it). A ram-shackled house in a desolate, industrial part of town, surrounded by a large fenced in yard, picnic tables, fire pits, and hammocks. Everyone brought their dog, and at night they'd have live music or relied on a killer jukebox. Food was simple and good, honest burgers, steak frites, great cocktails, and buckets of Shiner.
When I lived in Vegas it was the bar at Bouchon (the Keller outpost). A clean and refined place, without stuffiness or the air of superiority. Delicious wines by the carafe, exceptional raw bar, and much more. I never felt cramped, it was effortless and casual elegance.
These places probably couldn't be more different, except that they both felt like home. In either place I could show up in the afternoon alone, and know I could enjoy drinks in a wonderful, well lit atmosphere while quietly reading. And if I showed up at night the place would be vibrant and energetic.
Where is this place in Chicago? Where is this place for you?