By Jay Gentile
We at Thrillist take pride in championing the underrated, from pizza to tacos to donuts. But we're not the only ones who see value in the underdog. On the topic of underrated Chicago bars -- places where you can have a low-key, but equally enjoyable night out -- who would know better than some of the city's best bartenders themselves? We gave these 12 mixologists a break from trying to locate the damn credit card you left at the bar (again) and asked them to name their favorite under-the-radar spots.
SCOTTY LOBIANCO OF BROKEN SHAKER
His pick: Black Bull (address and info)
If you walk in here not knowing what the hell a porron or copita is, don't worry, you’re not alone. By the time you leave you will, or at least you’ll have the chance to hit upstairs lounge Bordel, one of Chicago’s finest secret bars.
Scotty says: "Black Bull is an authentic Spanish restaurant with a focus on sherry and Spanish wines. The staff treats you like family and the cocktails are constantly evolving, while never straying far from their Spanish roots. I like to enjoy a glass (or entire porron) of cider with a copita of sherry on the side."