Melody Lounge

In 2013 the longstanding Melody Lounge got a facelift thanks to new owners Pete Lenavitt, Gabriel Paustian, and David Neupert, partners in the downtown danceteria La Cita and the Echo Park watering hole the Short Stop. It now has vertical mirrors, green vinyl benches, and a canopy of red paper lanterns that make the small windowless dive bar feel more modern without trying too hard. Only beer is served, but the 24 taps feature local brews such as Golden Road and Noble Ale Works alongside more exotic suds like Chimay Tripel and Chicago favorite Goose Island, many of them at $5 a glass. Cash only.