Granted the dubious distinction as the greatest drinking city in America by GQ, Chicago is more than beer behemoth. While Chicago boasts several microbreweries and laid-back watering holes, the Windy City has evolved into a killer cocktail scene infused with creative apothecary style mixology. So if you’re thirsty for classic cocktails, shaken or stirred, you”ll find eclectic neighborhoods overflowing with cool bars, lounges, and gastro pubs where you can get your drink on.
Whether you want to sip hand-crafted cocktails, sample local craft beer, swish wines, flirt, or get tipsy, you”ll find an awesome nightlife culture and trendy bars in Chicago. Here are some top picks for booze infused goodness.
The Drifter (676 N. Orleans St.) – Knock at the door to enjoy the speakeasy vibe with real Prohibition décor, classic drinks and entertainment at this River North bar – tucked below the Green Door Tavern.
Celeste – (111 W. Hubbard St.) A hipper reinvention of the classic American drinking establishment, this chic, late night bar serves thought-provoking drinks, versatile wines and seasonal American cuisine.
Half Acre Beer Co. (4257 N. Lincoln Ave.) – Toss back a few craft beers in the taproom or fill your growlers with one of the 10 rotating beers at this popular microbrewery with a new kitchen.
Table, Donkey and Stick (2728 W. Armitage Ave.) – Try the booze trend coined the pickleback—a shot of whiskey chased with pickle brine at this alpine-inspired bar and restaurant with a back patio in Logan casino Square.
Billy Sunday – (3143 W. Logan Blvd.)This high-concept cocktail haven on the West Side offers creative mixology, exotic drinks, homemade tonics and adventurous grub. Order the house cocktail and enjoy the dark ambiance with indie music playing.
Whether you”re heading to drink in downtown, River North or the West Side, Chicago is the place to imbibe, especially with St. Paddy”s Day this month. After a midnight martini, Sunday Bloody Mary or an after-work cosmo, you”ll find fabulous hotels for winding down and hearty hangover food. Walk over to Acme Hotel Company in River North, BEST WESTERN Grant Park, Hampton Inn Majestic in the Theater District, or the chic Silversmith Hotel at Grant Park for exceptional accommodations and service after a night or day of cocktailing the town.