Clark Street Ale House

742 N. Clark

Under the familiar sign that commands passers-by to stop and drink, Clark Street Ale House permits friendly canine companions to join their owners at the bar—indoors and off-leash. It’s cool with the health department so long as no food is served, and apparently free minipretzels don’t count. For a pet-free person, it may at first seem odd to have dogs rooting around amid the chairs, nuzzling for attention, but on a recent visit, all the four-legged boozehounds were very well-behaved. As for the drinking, there’s a broad and deep selection of beer, available in flights, but pace yourself: despite decorative upgrades, this is an old-school joint and limited real estate has been allocated to lavatories. If you’re desperate, there should be a hydrant nearby.