Maude's Liquor BarWest Town | Website
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Brendan Sodikoff (Gilt Bar, Curio) describes this two-story West Loop bar and eatery as a "rustic, rough, Frenchy divey bar." The ground floor feels more like a restaurant, serving up snacks both raw (oysters, crudos, tartares) and cooked (escargots, chicken in a pot). Cocktails here will be simpler -- think drinks served in Mason jars with the ice they're shaken with -- than upstairs in the bar, where more labor-intensive libations are served. Expect an eclectic soundtrack of jazz, pop and punk from years past.