Bar Bar

3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895, 11-2 am daily.

It's tough to separate Bar Bar—the complex of stubby picnic tables and long banquettes—from Mississippi Studios, the acoustically ideal venue adjoining it. But let's try. Sure, most people at Bar Bar are sunning themselves on the patio or sipping tall boys with the very reputable $5 burger before catching Red Fang. But, if you're inclined to dig deeper, there's also Islay and single-cask Balvenie scotch, Booker's, Baker's, Basil and a 3-liter bottle of gamay noir for $125. That last, we expect, pairs well with housemade corn nuts. The music is, as expected, unimpeachable. MARTIN CIZMAR.

Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily. $3 draft beers, $3 well drinks, $1 off cocktails.