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Dive Bar Power Hour: Maria's Packaged Goods

The Bridgeport favorite offers one of the city's largest selections of beers.

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Tucked away behind a small storefront in Bridgeport is one of the city's best dive bars. The expansive menu offers more than 450 different beers and you'll find just about anything the heart desires-from season to craft brews-in bottles, cans and on tap. The house cocktails are equally pleasing featuring classics like Maria's Manhattan and the 11th Ward Old Fashioned in addition to seasonal and ginger beer cocktails. And for those on-the-go, you can pick up a six-pack of something good at the liquor store in the front of the house.

All of the drinking will undoubtedly result in hunger, which is why it's fortunate that Pleasant House Bakery is located right next door. The housemade Royal Pies hit the spot after a few drinks and include flaky creations such as the Steak and Ale Pie. Finish it off with a scotch egg to soak up all the alcohol and you'll realize why Maria's and Pleasant House are a match made in heaven.

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608 (773) 890-0588 Visit Website