With so much barbecue in Chicago, it’s easy to find a place that does pulled pork well. But when you’re also looking for some atmosphere—and a supreme whiskey selection—you need to make a beeline for Green Street Smoked Meats in the West Loop. You know this is the place to go because you’re a fan of nearby sister spot Au Cheval, the contemporary diner where folks obsess over their irresistible, upscale, double-stacked cheeseburgers. Green Street gives a similar update to Texas roadhouse BBQ–but not so much that it’s too cool for school for your next guys’ night out. Guide your friends to the unmarked entrance through the alley on Green Street. Once you’re inside this bright, lively place, grab a craft beer, whiskey, or mezcal Negroni, and then head over to the quick-service food line. At the counter, you can order ‘cue from different regions: Carolina pulled pork, Memphis baby back ribs, and Texas brisket, just to name a few. Add perfect house-made sauces (mustard, sweet, spicy, vinegar) and sides (cole slaw, macaroni salad, spicy fries) and you’re ready to settle in. Grab a communal, picnic-style table in the dining room or head outdoors to the patio if the weather’s nice. The setting’s not half as rowdy as your typical roadhouse, so you’ll be able to hear each other as you get all caught up on the latest. (The soundtrack does crank out country tunes, but that just guarantees the energy levels stay high.) On your way out, show off your game on the miniature b-ball basket hanging over the door. After all, it’s been a night of slam dunks. One more seems about right.