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Loop bars used to be one breed: happy-hour taverns that shut down in the early evening, as soon as the bankers and brokers of downtown headed home. As the Loop has become a valued place to live and play, destination bars keep crowds around until late at night.

Many buzz-worthy bars in the Loop are attached to trendy boutique hotels. Two lounges make theWit Hotel doubly popular; its mezzanine cocktail bar Phoenix Lounge lets guests and non-guests alike enjoy martinis before getting a table at the adjoining Cibo Matto restaurant, while ROOF on theWit, on, obviously, the roof, is a top destination for socialites, visiting celebrities, and big-name athletes.

More big names might appear at nearby Angels & Kings, in the Hard Rock Hotel. Owned by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, the ornate den attracts high-end clubbers and, after shows at the music venue, rocker types.

Not all Loop bars are for the VIP set; the bankers and brokers still need happy-hour spots, after all. Upscale sports bars like Sweetwater Tavern cater to suits but also pull in college types later into the night, while more old-school taverns like O’Neil’s on Wells are favorites for post-work beers. Now that the Loop no longer shuts down at dinnertime, its bars are the new places to be.

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