Great neighborhood bars should be as comfy as old sneakers but still really neat looking. They should strike a balance between rowdiness and a kicked-back attitude. And they need to offer a no-nonsense array of great drinks along with terrific pub grub. With its distinct horseshoe bar, local art and classic German Village brickwork, plus its intriguing beer specials (you can even find a wine or two worth sipping) and feel-good taverny food (try the brawny, made-in-Bucyrus bratwurst and the killer Mother Mohawk), this one-time speakeasy has easily qualified for decades and decades.
Runners-up: St. James Tavern, O'Reilly's Pub