Flugtag: After-Party Guide

Introducing Chicago's best places to drink, dance and keep the Flugtag merriment alive after the official party is over.

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Bangers and Lace: With over 100 craft and Belgian beers, it's easy to feel adrift in a sea of awesome suds at this Wicker Park favorite. Not that that is a bad thing. Anchor yourself in one of banquettes and order pub-inspired comfort food, then drink till 3 a.m.
Empty Bottle: Chicago's cool kids get down at the now legendary Windy City Soul Club night, a monthly hoedown of rare soul grooves at the Empty Bottle. You're in luck: The next wingding takes place Saturday, September 8, which just so happens to be Flugtag.
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Public House: Sure, there are countless flatscreens at this beer-centric establishment, but you'll be too dazzled by the table mounted taps and chilled liquor dispensers to pay attention to the games being broadcast. The added danger? You can send text messages directly from your booth to neighboring ones...
Hubbard Inn: Feeling famished? Saddle up at this whimsically decorated eatery's communal table for a boisterous dinner of whiskey braised short ribs, then wash it all down with a Negroni while you regale your newfound friends with tales of Flugtag tomfoolery.
Drumbar: Skip the main room and head straight outside, where you'll find a 1,500 square-foot terrace perched atop the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel. Tip back seasonal cocktails, take in the stunning cityscape and mingle with the 80 other rooftop revelers.
The Barrelhouse Flat: Not only does this cocktail den meets club house (order a pitch perfect Sazerac and hit the pool table) stay open till 4 a.m., so does its kitchen. Meaning you can preempt the hangover with a late night order of Pig Face Poutine (you crafty old devil, you).
Sluggers: Sure, Sluggers is a cheesy sports bar. But any bar that lays claim to batting cadges, dueling pianos and a stripper pole sounds ripe for some unabashed, post Flugtag fun.
Smart Bar: Electronic dance music heads -- Chicago is, after all, the birthplace of house music -- have long headed to Smart Bar, a subterranean boite below The Metro, to shake a leg. Join the aurally clued in Saturday, September 8 for Dave Aju's live techno mix and dance till 5 a.m.
The Burwood Tap: Serving Lincoln Park imbibers for over 70 years, the Burwood Tap is as authentically Chicao as they come. Round out the day over some beers, crank the juke box and munch on the free popcorn.
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Deuce's and the Diamond Club: This two-level concept bar has something for everyone -- catch a game at the upscale sports bar downstairs over burgers and beers, or head upstairs for bottle service, raw bar and DJs (just remember to dress appropriately if you want to get through the door).
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