It is hard not to get impressed by the wonderful buildings of Chicago, whether you walk or simply drive its windy streets. Note that these brilliant edifices are an ideal pairing of modernity and classicism, so it is only fitting that other elements of the city’s rich culture do the same. And one example of that is Chicago’s amazing bar scene.
Whether you are in search of a drink that is fun and modern or in the mood for something classic, Chi-Town’s has you covered. Chicago’s bar scene is not just classic and modern but also diverse to boot. So, here you will find the best and latest cocktail trends, concepts and designs, and an extensive variety of styles. Here are our picks for some of the best bars in Chicago.
The Violet Hour
Did you know that The Violet Hour came to the scene back in 2007? This bar is widely recognized to be the leader in Chicago’s historic craft cocktail movement. Managing partner, Eden Laurin, and Head mixologist and partner, Toby Maloney, operate the fantastic beverage program. You will find no sign outside; however, inside The Violet Hour is all sophistication and elegance, illuminated by crystal chandeliers and candlelight. And house rules also keep things classy.
Note that the cocktail menu tends to change with the seasons and features many popular, sought-after spirits that you can enjoy. The Violet Hour certainly has a classy and chic speakeasy kind of vibe to it, and you need to see it yourself.
Overlooking the beautiful windy city and 26 floors up a Virgin hotel, Cerise Rooftop is an ideal place to fall in love with the amazing Chicago skyline at night. Note that Cerise is both cozy and unpretentious, so much so you that will easily spend a whole night here drinking delicious cocktails, dining on their yummy culinary creations as well as mingling with people around you. With an extensive variety of events that this bar offers each week, you will never have a dull moment.
Are you a fan of exclusive experiences? You should get in line. Note that the Milk Room actually is a room with just 8 seats and an exclusive selection of rare and vintage spirits that you will love.
And it also features unique recipes with exotic ingredients. You can reserve your seat in order to sample rare elixirs and vintage spirits, which include a curated selection of amazing whiskeys, in a cozy and intimate setting. Consultant and bartender, Paul McGee, opened this speakeasy in 2015. Milk Room is located on the 2nd floor of the famous Chicago Athletic Association. Note that soon Milk Room became the go-to spot for most cocktail aficionados.
The Broken Shaker
While there are many places to drink and have fun in River North, and several excellent spots with great cocktail programs, the Broken Shaker is the one that draws in locals who are looking for refuge in a busy neighborhood.
With stylish decor and furnishings sourced from flea markets and vintage shops, and talented bartenders mixing yummy fresh juices with customized elixirs made from local and seasonal ingredients, Broken Shaker is definitely a place to document as well as remember.
The Fireplace Inn
Did you know that this tavern is well-known for its barbecue ribs and its oversized vodka-lemonades? Keep in mind that the 44oz or 32oz vodka lemonades are available at half price on Thursdays. They come in several flavors, such as honey whiskey and sweet tea vodka. And you can’t miss their happy hours that run from 5 pm to 7 pm every weekday. Overall, it is an excellent place to hang out whether you are 21 or 71.
Best Intentions is an ideal place to drink your sorrows away, throw your birthday party, and meet your Hinge date. This is because it is a fancy cocktail spot, divey corner tavern, and an excellent outdoor cabana bar all in one, which is excellent.
If you are looking for a tucked-away and stylish neighborhood spot with a tree-covered wide open backyard patio, you have found it. You will find plenty of affordable bottled beers here as well as unique takes on some classic cocktails. And the food menu is also incredible, ranging from French fries and pickled eggs to harissa chicken and delicious calf liver paté.
Three Dots and a Dash
With colorful mood lighting, a thatched faux-roof, and statuesque ceramic mugs, it is not surprising that Three Dots and a Dash leaves no doubts about what it is: an amazing tiki bar that is dedicated to the aesthetic without actually veering too much into the kitsch.
You can order the yummy Chief Lapu Lapu for two. It is presented in a smoking bowl beautifully adorned with several orchids and topped with tiny plastic hula dancers that is filled with dark Jamaican rums and aged Demerara, plus tangerine, lime, and passion fruit juices.