Location: 825 Atlantic Ave.
Ambiance: Industrial-cool with a spacious patio
Best deal: $4 drafts; $5 well drinks; $6 wine
Located right on Atlantic Ave. bordering Prospect Heights, Hot Bird was once a famed BBQ chicken joint. Now, however, it's been reimagined as a hipster hangout inside a 1930s gas station, complete with antique woodworking tools and vintage signage. It's a favorite neighborhood spot for folks looking for a drink after work, with a patio that's especially nice in warmer months. And for those looking for signature cocktails, the menu always has a fine selection. Happy hour runs weekdays until 8 p.m.