2. The Way Station, Prospect Heights

The Way Station is advertised as a “Music Venue & Nerdvana,” and it’s not hard to see why. Upon entering, visitors are immediately showered in murals and memorabilia from the long-running British science fiction show “Dr. Who.” The bar features the show’s iconic TARDIS which houses the joint’s restrooms. The Way Station embraces its identity as a sci-fi and adventure haven with cocktails like the “11th Doctor” and the “Sonic Screwdriver” but also the “Shirley Temple of Doom” and the “Christopher Walken Dead.” It also serves as a venue to all kinds of events:  live music shows range from Celtic rock to jazz and even burlesque performances, while trivia nights and movie marathons happen nearly every week.