Bangers & Lace (Bar, Wicker Park)
The British term for sausage is “bangers,” and “Brussels lace” refers to the leftover foam inside of a beer glass indicating a proper pour. I can think of no better name for this pub and restaurant, as it features some of the best sausages the city has to offer along with 30 draft beers any make-up of taste buds would find appealing.
Being in this establishment reminded me of setting foot in a summer lodge in Wisconsin or Michigan. The interior features wood floors, brick walls, panel siding and decorations such as a deer head on the far wall of the room. The lighting is very dim but augmented by candlelight, creating the illusion of an isolated cabin when really the city lurks just outside the front door.
Some folks like to pair cheese with their wine, but Bangers & Lace is a joint helping you find the perfect craft beer to complement a delectable bratwurst. This place takes great pride in making sure you are happy with your food and beverage selection, as the waiters and bartenders are knowledgeable in the entire menu and more than willing to walk you through popular sausage and beer pairings or offer suggestions.
If you’re a casual beer drinker like myself, the beer list may seem a little intimidating at first. However, the menu provides a one-sentence description for each beer along with the alcohol content in the drink. And don’t hesitate to ask for help, Bangers and Lace is there to please.
Extra points go to this spot for serving up an UPchicago favorite, Malört.