It’s no secret that Chicago has some of the best food in the world — and that includes bar food. Gone are the days when mozzarella sticks, Buffalo wings, and French fries were the only viable options for noshing at a bar top. Now, in addition to dinner menus, many restaurants offer reimagined snacks that can make up an entire meal.
Each of the restaurants below have bar bites that can serve as an appetizer before the main course, with the option of moving into the main dining room for entrees, or enjoying the whole shebang at the bar. From the world’s only Michelin-starred brewery to a Northside dive with a rich history, here are 13 spots with some of the most innovative bar food in town.