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Lincoln Park is a fun, laid-back neighborhood whose watering holes are fairly traditional, which is why beer-and-a-shot bars and Irish pubs are so popular in these parts. But for a bit more sophistication, head to The Barrelhouse Flat, far and away my favorite Lincoln Park bar. Launched by Stephen Cole, a founding bartender at Wicker Park’s impeccable Violet Hour, Barrelhouse Flat is a two-story space that stacks an elevated cocktail lounge on top of a laid-back piano saloon. Come hungry—the bar snacks are great here, too.
Just up the street from Barrelhouse Flat is Delilah’s, a 20-year-old brown-spirits instutiion with which whiskey aficionados may already be familiar. If it’s whiskey—American, Irish, Canadian, Scottish—chances are, it lives somewhere on these shelves.
Though it’s not a stand-alone bar, one of my favorite places to grab a pint in this neighborhood is Duke of Perth, a cozy little Scottish pub located toward the north end of Lincoln Park near Lakeview. This little fireplace-lit taproom boasts the largest collection of single-malt whiskies in town, as well as a wealth of imported beers.