The German Village establishment has a rich, 100-year history (printed right on the menus) and even richer turtle soup — one of its most popular dishes. Visit during the day to observe the colorful regulars, but it may take some time to work your way "backstage," the shorter side of the horseshoe bar where the cool kids sit.

Runners-up: Bob's Bar, Tie: O'Reilly's Pub, Hey Hey Bar & Grill, Dick's Den