Our picks for when it’s more about the drinks, but you still want some good food.

Drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea. Remember that time you went out for Happy Hour after work, and instead of heading right home, you took an Uber out to Rivers Casino? That was an expensive detour, and might not have happened if you had ordered some food. Or maybe you’re planning a date with someone you still don’t know too well – you’re not ready to commit to dinner, but there’s also a good chance you’ll talk long enough over drinks to get hungry. You need a bar that has great food, just in case. Here are 28 of your best options.

THE SPOTS

Three Dots And A Dash

This River North spot is themey – it’s a tiki bar serving tropical cocktails in mugs shaped like pineapples, conch shells, and mermaids (among other things). You can also get island-inspired dishes like coconut shrimp and pork skewers. It feels like a beach party, and is a great place to go with friends on a night when you want to forget you live in a city that has winter for six months of the year.