Blokes & Birds

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Named for the British slang words for guys and gals, this contemporary take on a public house is technically in Wrigleyville, but you won't find buffalo wings or bomb shots here, says owner Daily Webb. He sees the pub as an eating and drinking oasis from the neighborhood's wilder hangouts. Upstairs, you'll find a massive bar, communal tables made from salvaged wood and a fireplace to up the coziness factor. Downstairs, amuse yourself with a pool table, jukebox and vintage photo booth. In line with its British inspiration, the pub will air soccer matches and open early for morning kickoffs. Beer-wise, expect at least 20 tap handles pouring imports and American craft brews, plus more choices by the bottle. A glassed-in open kitchen means you can spy on staff whipping up your mussels, English tea-poached tilapia or a beef Wellington burger topped with caramelized onions and seared foie gras.