Beer lovers' day trip

Where to get your beer on in Wicker Park and Bucktown

  • 5 Rabbit brews at The Map Room
5 Rabbit brews at The Map Room (Joel Wintermantle/Tribune )
August 28, 2012

Start your trip with a pre-game bite and pint at Bangers & Lace (1670 W. Division St. 773-252-6499). This sausage and-beer bar serves a mean corn dog and fries to help soak up one of the

20-plus craft brews on draft. Next, head over to Milwaukee Avenue and chill out with a few tries at the old-school video games at Emporium Arcade Bar (1366 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-697-7922). Couldn’t hit the Donkey Kong high score? Soothe your sorrows with craft beers from breweries such as Dogfish Head, Rogue and Two Brothers.

Continue north on Milwaukee to grab a proper dinner at brewpub and pizzeria Piece (1927 W. North Ave. 773-772-4422). Now that you’re fueled, head north on Damen to The Bluebird (1749 N. Damen Ave. 773-486-2473). If you’re looking to try something new, ask your bartender for a recommendation from the often-updated featured beer list.

Plan on ending your journey at beer nerd-approved bar The Map Room (1949 N. Hoyne Ave. 773-252-7636), where a certified cicerone is on staff to answer questions about the brews you’ve had during your crawl and help you find a new favorite.

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