Best Winter Bars in Chicago
**Warm up with some food & spirits at any of these cozy Chicago taverns….
In a neighborhood to the north, lies a comfortable watering hole called Simon’s. Not only voted for the best jukebox in all of the town, during the cold season they serve delicious Glögg (traditional Swedish mulled wine with spices served warm), the wine comes in both classic red and white. Check out a local favorite in the charming neighborhood of Andersonville. 5210 N. Clark St.
The epitome of excellent pub grub, Longman & Eagle also excels in warming you up on a chilly night. We’ve discovered their hearty food + a yuzu hot toddy = a warm belly. In addition, the restaurant makes a perfect brunch spot, we recommend the PBR Breakfast (Two eggs any style, nueske’s bacon or house-made sausage, house potatoes, ice-cold can of PBR). 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Walking distance from our hostel, go for the infamous fish & chips, stay for the warm drinks that include: Hot Cider w/ Brandy, Warm Buttered Rum, Hot Port, or try one of their various hearty Scottish Ales. Duke of Perth doesn’t disappoint, especially on a cold Chicago evening. 2913 N. Clark St.
Featuring a drink list crafted specifically for winter, The Grafton may be an irish pub in a city filled with irish pubs, but it is one of the best. A northside favorite for burgers, this pub also receives recognition from Chicago publications: ““People frequent this pub with relaxation in mind—to grab good food, drinks and just enjoy the company. If they’re lucky, they’ll also enjoy one of the regular live music acts, which range from American folk to live Irish and even a Monday night open mic.” Whether you go for an Irish Breakfast or a shot & a beer, try to seek out a table in the back near their big fireplace. 4530 N. Lincoln Ave.
A gastropub featuring English comfort food, Owen & Engine serves excellent wintry beverages such as The Red Dragon ( a hot toddy made w/ rum), immerse yourself in a very British beer list: Greene King Abbott Ale, Arcadia Starboard Stout, Ruddles County Bitter to name a few. If you’re wondering how British a Chicago restaurant can be, just peep their lunch menu, or better yet, visit them at 2700 N Western Ave.