400 N. State St. • Chicago, IL 60654

Mon-Fri: 11:30 am – 2 am
Sat: 11 am – 3 am
Sun: 11 am – 2 am

Public House (from Metromix):

This new beer-centric bar from the owners of Bull & Bear opened in mid-January.  Twice as large as its sibling with a pubbier feel, this bar and grill will aim to please wandering tourists as much as suit-wearing after work revelers. A dozen booths — including a fireplace nook — will be tricked out a with self-serve beer taps built right into the tables.  They’re just like the table taps you know and love at B&B, only will a few more bells and whistles, like chilled liquor on tap to replace bottle service and holographic keyboards that beam down onto the table and allow partiers to send messages to other booths, update their Facebook status or log on to Twitter.  A semi-private party area has six taps built right into the wall so guests can mingle and help themselves to pours tracked with a barcode on their wristband.  Though the bar’s not overtly sports-themed, sports-watching on TVs plastered everywhere will be paramount.  On the food front, B&B chef Dave Blonsky is also handling the menu here; expect a mainstream American menu for lunch and dinner serving burgers, sandwiches and chops.

Bull & Bear:

431 N. Wells St. • Chicago, IL 60654

Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 2 am
Sat 11 am – 3 am
Sun 11 am – 2 am

Bull & Bear (from Metromix):

This masculine, upscale sports bar in River North is just steps away from the Merchandise Mart.  The name gives a nod to the city’s two major sports teams, plus a hint at the subtle stock market theme throughout (note the stock ticker stretching across the main bar and the menu, called “The Wells Street Journal.”)  If you want to take advantage of this spot’s coolest feature–pay-by-the-ounce beer taps built right into the table–make a reservation for one of five premium booths sitting 8 to 15 or so people (depending on the day, minimums may apply).  With a solid food menu by David Blonsky (Quartino), Bull & Bear’s kitchen will be slinging eats all day long, from entree salads and gruyere-topped Kobe burgers at lunch to honey-miso salmon and pork chop with apple fennel salad for dinner.  Happy hour appetizers are sports bar classics amped up a notch, from pigs in a blanket with citrus slaw to truffle fries with garlic-lemon aioli.

Public House/Bull & Bear at Baconfest Chicago 2012:

Chicken-fried bacon