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Top 5 Cocktail Bars in Chicago

21 Dec

Sure, drinking a few good beers is fun, but hit up one of these special spots for a masterfully made cocktail….

the violet hour.

the violet hour

You deserve a fancy cocktail.  At the Violet Hour, a specially designed mixed drink is waiting for you, their menu consisting of just about 40 drinks,  is designed to “wow” even the most pretentious cocktail connoisseur.  Specialty ingredients like green chartreuse, rose water, creme de cocoa really make the drinks. Try and drop by earlier as the place does fill up.  Dress formally and expect to pay around $12 per drink. 1520 N. Damen ave.

the whistler.

The Whistler.

Located in Logan Square, The Whistler is a highlight of your evening.  Bands play on the stage and the bar offers delightful concoctions at reasonable prices, the menu boasts: “an always changing assortment of classic and contemporary cocktails,” they will prove to dazzle your tastebuds.  Go for the exceptional drinks, stay for the live music and comfortable atmosphere.  Average cocktail: $8. 2421 N Milwaukee.

barrelhouse flat.

Barrelhouse Flats

Less than a 10 minute walk from the hostel, Barrelhouse Flat stands out as a cocktail enthusiast’s gem and offers a rustic comfort for the traveller looking for a calm spot for nightlife.  We can’t help but recommend the Creole Cocktail (bonded bourbon, sweet vermouth, benedictine, amaro, & orange bitters).  Experience one of the best takes on an old fashioned speakeasy, and if you want a more intimate experience ask for a table on the upper level.  Average cocktail: $11. 2624 N. Lincoln Ave.

the green mill.

Green Mill Lounge

Not just about the jazz (although the live music is outstanding), The Green Mill provides a Prohibition Era atmosphere, and a full menu including good food and all the well-made cocktails that were popular in the earlier 1900s.  Cover is no more than $10, so get there around 9pm, when the bands hit the stage….4802 N. Broadway.

the aviary.

The Aviary.

Creativity meets taste at The Aviary in Chicago’s Fulton Market.  A bit on the pricey side, this place is perfect for that unforgettable fancy dinner or a delicious round of handcrafted drinks.  Check their menu here.  Formal dress is required.  Average drink price: $15.  955 W Fulton.

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