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Burton Place

View Map1447 N. Wells St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 664-4699
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Editorial Review of Burton Place

This one surprised me. Though it's rightly billed as yet another packed-to-the-gills and pleasantly rowdy 4 a.m. bar, Burton Place turned out to be a happy anomaly. Located in Old Town just a few blocks from the Gold Coast, this is a down-home sports bar that sees pleasantly quiet after-work crowds that gives way to shoulder-to-shoulder action come midnight.

The space is trodden and small (an upstairs space provides a little more breathing room) and the bar is one of those neato! circular numbers. TVs are viewable from every angle, and food (club sandwiches, pizza, jalapeno poppers) is served until 3 a.m.

I figured it was just another place to blend into the woodwork, but our chatty bartender ended up buying us several rounds, and when I hesitantly ordered a bloody mary (figuring this wasn't the place to get more than Blue Moon or rum & Coke), I was presented with a giant pint glass stuffed with a lettuce leaf, celery, pickles and olives. Now that's a drink...and it's not the only one. Cocktails are stiff and served in pint glasses.

You've been warned.

Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz

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11 a.m.-4 a.m. Sunday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 a.m. Saturday; food is served every day from 11 a.m-3 a.m.

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