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Billy Sunday is One of the 19 Hottest Bars in the Country, Zagat Says

 Billy Sunday was named among the 19 hottest bars in the U.S. by Zagat.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Billy Sunday, the craft cocktail bar that was called one of the best bars in the U.S. before it even opened, has now been named among the country's hottest.

Zagat has listed the bar among the 19 hottest in 11 major cities, praising the bar's "extensive Fernet Branca collection" and "retro bar fare."

"This Logan Square cocktail hot spot with an extensive Fernet Branca collection has been heating up the scene since it opened at the beginning of the year," the blurb reads. "Painstakingly crafted drinks — mixed with vintage spirits, housemade bitters and hand-carved ice — alongside retro bar fare are served at the wood bar; upholstered banquettes, antique artwork and cabinets lined with vintage glassware complete the scene."

The bar, helmed by Yusho's Mathias Merges and Alex Bachman, has garnered a reputation for fine cocktails made with those out-of-production liquors as well as odd ingredients like ambergris, essentially sperm whale bile.

The Near North Side's Three Dots and a Dash, 435 N. Clark St., was also among the 19 bars named in the Zagat article.