Bou­tique Bars

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CHAR­COAL BAR Nes­tled be­neath Sumi Ro­bata Bar, this swanky 12-seat space fo­cuses on spe­cialty Ja­panese cock­tails. In keep­ing with the name, the walls are lined with charred wood, cre­ated us­ing an an­cient Ja­panese tech­nique. Re­claimed wood serves as a dis­play for spir­its in­clud­ing the Ja­panese whiskey that adds a dis­tinct fla­vor to the Old Fash­ioned. Open Tu-W 5:30 pm-mid­night; Th-Sa 5:30 pm-1 am. www.sumiro­ 702 N. Wells St., 312.988.7864. El: Brown/Pur­ple to Chicago SPAR­ROW Step into Spar­row, and step back to the 1930s rum era. It feels just like they’ve dusted off the orig­i­nal 1927 Gold Coast es­tab­lish­ment. Belly up to the bar for an Air Mail with honey and lime, then make a call from the work­ing phone booth to in­vite your cool friends. Open M-F 4 pm-2 am; Sa 4 pm-3 am. www.spar­ 112 W. Elm St., 312.725.0732

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