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Where to Find Hot Cocktails in Chicago to Melt the Pandemic Blues

It’s time to sip on hot and boozy cocktails

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Simon’s Tavern is selling glogg to go.
| Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The last warm fall days have passed and Chicagoans are settling back into the reality of winter with its cold temperatures and overcast skies. Pandemic fatigue isn’t doing locals any favors either, but the city’s drinkers may find solace in a toasty cocktail treat and the knowledge that they supported a struggling establishment. Below, find a variety of tummy warmers from traditional toddies to hot ghee rum.

If there are spots that should be added, please email chicago@eater.com. In the search for bars and restaurant serving hot alcoholic drinks, no south or west side bars and restaurants came up. Help fix that.

As of October 30, Chicago restaurants can no longer serve customers indoors. Still, a number of Chicago restaurants have outdoor seating. The state now requires reservations for patio dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Uncommon Ground

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1401 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 465-9801
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There are two locations of this farm-to-table pioneer. The drink selection includes hot cider, mulled wine, and “the Neal Cassady” — a maple latte with a shot of house vanilla-infused bourbon

2. Simon's Tavern

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5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-0894
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Andersonville dive bar Simon’s Tavern has brought back its annual Scandinavian glögg, or hot mulled wine, for the season. The sweet, spiced, and fragrant concoction is available for pickup in 32-ounce, 64-ounce, and 99-ounce bottles. Stop by the bar with cash to purchase.

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3. Larry's

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In Lobby, 1020 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(872) 873-1001
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This Edgewater cocktail bar is gearing up for the holidays with bespoke,  made-to-order canned cocktails. They’re also serving large-format hot drinks for pickup and delivery. The large-format bottled cocktails serve eight and are ready to serve with boiling water.

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4. Bokeh

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4716 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 754-0129
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Charming Albany Park cocktail bar Bokeh puts some zing into winter drinking with A Little Toddy for the Body. Ginger bourbon balances beautifully with apple cider, cinnamon and orange tea, star anise syrup, and cardamom syrup.

5. Long Room Chicago

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1612 W Irving Park Rd Ste 1
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 665-4500
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Beloved Irving Park bar Long Room has whipped up a boozy seasonal specialty to cure the soon-to-be-winter blues. The Toddy Appleseed includes Scared Bond 100 proof brandy, Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, chai syrup (made on site), and apple cider. Packaged for transport in a 32-ounce growler, it comes with a bag of apple chips and heating instructions. Place pickup orders online.

6. Coda di Volpe

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3335 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-8568
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This Italian Southport Corridor spot kicks its bourbon hot toddy up a notch with green tea syrup and cranberry. Order online via Toast.

7. Daisies

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2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1671
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Lovely Logan Square pasta shop Daisies features a memorable hazelnut miso hot cocoa. Drinkers can doctor up the tasty treat with scotch, amaro cinpatrazzo, or bourbon.

8. Gemini

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2075 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-2522
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Lincoln Park’s corner crowdpleaser Gemini is offering an unfussy special at its Holiday Hut. Patrons can get the party started and spike their hot chocolate, spiced cider, or coffee (regular or decaf) with Fireball or Jameson. Order online via Toast.

9. Willow Room

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1800 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 982-2151
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This new American corner bistro has a smattering of hot drinks on its robust cocktail list. They include a twist on a classic, the Hot Chai-Chai, with Old Forester 86 Bourbon, cardamom, clove, cinnamon.

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10. Amaru

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1904 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 687-9790
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Wicker Park’s Latin American neighborhood spot from chef Rodolfo Cuadros is welcoming wintertime with conelazo, a hot, boozy, spiced beverage popular in the Andes, as well as Colombia, Argentina, and northern Peru. At Amaru, it includes Paranubes Aguardiente, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and lime.

11. Etta Bucktown

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1840 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 757-4444
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Family-friendly neighborhood spot Etta is opting for an herbaceous blend in its Elderflower Toddy, featuring El Dorado dark rum, St. Germain, and chamomile tea. There’s also a Hot Toddy kit for those who want to mix one up at home with ginger honey syrup, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and more. Order online from the Bucktown or River North location.

A clear glass filled with a hot toddy drink.
It’s toddy time at Etta.
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12. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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Acclaimed cocktail haven the Violet Hour does winter right with the Hand Warmer, a hot dose of

Laird’s House Barrel Apple Brandy, Campari, honey, pomegranate, lemon, and nutmeg. It’s available in 8- and 12-ounce servings via Tock.

13. Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

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1415 N Wood St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360-8320
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New Orleans-style spot Ina Mae aims to for all the winter sweet spots with piping boozy options like hot buttered rum, pumpkin chai lattes, and mulled cider. Order online via Toast.

14. Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink

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1846 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 276-7422
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This Wicker Park lounge and restaurant has a selection of hot drinks with cool names. “My Favorite” (crema Earl Grey licor 43, amaro nonino, foamed milk) and Dragon’s Breath (Tenjaku Japanese whisky, spice note cinnamon tequila, lemon juice, triple syrup, orange peel) are two favorites.

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15. Queen Mary

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2125 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-3522
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Friendly neighborhood cocktail tavern Queen Mary elevates the hot cocktail with the Peer of the Realm, featuring Evan Williams bourbon, Bache-Gabrielsen Tre Kors cognac, earl grey tea, cacao, and port. It’ll warm up drinkers from the top to toe. Order online via Upserve.

16. Sportsman's Club

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948 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 206-8054
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Sportsman’s warming Apple Cider Jammer for two hits all the right seasonal notes with Dewars, Fino Sherry, amaro, and apple cider. For a $9 “party upgrade,” get a 32-ounce growler that serves five. Order online via Upserve.

17. IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

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127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-1830
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This open-air downtown spot with stunning views leans toward tradition with its Godfrey Toddy. Rooftop patrons can try the brew, made with ingredients like Jameson, hibiscus, rosemary, citrus peel, and vanilla bean, at the outdoor rooftop space. Reservations are strongly recommended.

18. The Dandy Crown

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694 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 846-6420
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River West cocktail bar the Dandy Crown has a penchant for crockpot cocktails, and this current submission is a straightforward seasonal smash with rye whiskey, amaro, passionfruit, and lemon. Place orders via Tock.

19. The Dawson

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730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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The Dawson in River West is hosting a winter market where its serving to-go drinks like spiked ciders. The markets takes place on the weekends.

20. Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar

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1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 795-3444
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Raised is featuring a festive cocktail that feels right for the season that doesn’t rely on typical winter drink flavors: the PB&T includes Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Distillerie Du Peyrat Cognac, oolong tea, blueberry vinegar, and honey.

21. Kumiko

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630 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 285-2912
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Acclaimed West Loop bar Kumiko from celebrated bartender Julia Momose is serving up three unique toddy bases that, when added to hot water, become delectable winter sippers. The Ringo Toddy features Akashi Japanese blended whisky, Cynar amaro, Christian Drouin calvados, and Angostura bitters. Order online via BentoBox.

22. ROOH Chicago Restaurant & Bar

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736 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 267-2323
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Modern Indian restaurant Rooh in West Loop brings South Asian flavors to the fore in Hot Ghee Rum (dark rum, orange, pumpkin spice masala). Patrons can try it out in the restaurant’s outdoor dining tent on Randolph Restaurant Row.

Rooh’s dining room features high top seating, an orange couch, and a painted mural called Christine by Jenny Vyas,
Rooh is ready with hot drinks for winter.
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23. The Press Room

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1134 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607
(331) 240-1914
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The Press Room is hosting a pop-up through December 23 in the West Loop. Find spiked sider and mulled wine served hot.

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1. Uncommon Ground

1401 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

There are two locations of this farm-to-table pioneer. The drink selection includes hot cider, mulled wine, and “the Neal Cassady” — a maple latte with a shot of house vanilla-infused bourbon

1401 W Devon Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

2. Simon's Tavern

5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Andersonville dive bar Simon’s Tavern has brought back its annual Scandinavian glögg, or hot mulled wine, for the season. The sweet, spiced, and fragrant concoction is available for pickup in 32-ounce, 64-ounce, and 99-ounce bottles. Stop by the bar with cash to purchase.

5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Larry's

In Lobby, 1020 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

This Edgewater cocktail bar is gearing up for the holidays with bespoke,  made-to-order canned cocktails. They’re also serving large-format hot drinks for pickup and delivery. The large-format bottled cocktails serve eight and are ready to serve with boiling water.

In Lobby, 1020 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Bokeh

4716 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Charming Albany Park cocktail bar Bokeh puts some zing into winter drinking with A Little Toddy for the Body. Ginger bourbon balances beautifully with apple cider, cinnamon and orange tea, star anise syrup, and cardamom syrup.

4716 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

5. Long Room Chicago

1612 W Irving Park Rd Ste 1, Chicago, IL 60613

Beloved Irving Park bar Long Room has whipped up a boozy seasonal specialty to cure the soon-to-be-winter blues. The Toddy Appleseed includes Scared Bond 100 proof brandy, Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, chai syrup (made on site), and apple cider. Packaged for transport in a 32-ounce growler, it comes with a bag of apple chips and heating instructions. Place pickup orders online.

1612 W Irving Park Rd Ste 1
Chicago, IL 60613

6. Coda di Volpe

3335 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This Italian Southport Corridor spot kicks its bourbon hot toddy up a notch with green tea syrup and cranberry. Order online via Toast.

3335 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Daisies

2523 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Lovely Logan Square pasta shop Daisies features a memorable hazelnut miso hot cocoa. Drinkers can doctor up the tasty treat with scotch, amaro cinpatrazzo, or bourbon.

2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Gemini

2075 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Lincoln Park’s corner crowdpleaser Gemini is offering an unfussy special at its Holiday Hut. Patrons can get the party started and spike their hot chocolate, spiced cider, or coffee (regular or decaf) with Fireball or Jameson. Order online via Toast.

2075 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Willow Room

1800 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

This new American corner bistro has a smattering of hot drinks on its robust cocktail list. They include a twist on a classic, the Hot Chai-Chai, with Old Forester 86 Bourbon, cardamom, clove, cinnamon.

1800 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

10. Amaru

1904 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Wicker Park’s Latin American neighborhood spot from chef Rodolfo Cuadros is welcoming wintertime with conelazo, a hot, boozy, spiced beverage popular in the Andes, as well as Colombia, Argentina, and northern Peru. At Amaru, it includes Paranubes Aguardiente, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and lime.

1904 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Etta Bucktown

1840 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A clear glass filled with a hot toddy drink.
It’s toddy time at Etta.
Etta [Official Photo]

Family-friendly neighborhood spot Etta is opting for an herbaceous blend in its Elderflower Toddy, featuring El Dorado dark rum, St. Germain, and chamomile tea. There’s also a Hot Toddy kit for those who want to mix one up at home with ginger honey syrup, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and more. Order online from the Bucktown or River North location.

1840 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Acclaimed cocktail haven the Violet Hour does winter right with the Hand Warmer, a hot dose of

Laird’s House Barrel Apple Brandy, Campari, honey, pomegranate, lemon, and nutmeg. It’s available in 8- and 12-ounce servings via Tock.

1520 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

13. Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622

New Orleans-style spot Ina Mae aims to for all the winter sweet spots with piping boozy options like hot buttered rum, pumpkin chai lattes, and mulled cider. Order online via Toast.

1415 N Wood St
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Machine: Engineered Dining & Drink

1846 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This Wicker Park lounge and restaurant has a selection of hot drinks with cool names. “My Favorite” (crema Earl Grey licor 43, amaro nonino, foamed milk) and Dragon’s Breath (Tenjaku Japanese whisky, spice note cinnamon tequila, lemon juice, triple syrup, orange peel) are two favorites.

1846 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

15. Queen Mary

2125 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Friendly neighborhood cocktail tavern Queen Mary elevates the hot cocktail with the Peer of the Realm, featuring Evan Williams bourbon, Bache-Gabrielsen Tre Kors cognac, earl grey tea, cacao, and port. It’ll warm up drinkers from the top to toe. Order online via Upserve.

2125 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

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16. Sportsman's Club

948 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Sportsman’s warming Apple Cider Jammer for two hits all the right seasonal notes with Dewars, Fino Sherry, amaro, and apple cider. For a $9 “party upgrade,” get a 32-ounce growler that serves five. Order online via Upserve.

948 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

17. IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

This open-air downtown spot with stunning views leans toward tradition with its Godfrey Toddy. Rooftop patrons can try the brew, made with ingredients like Jameson, hibiscus, rosemary, citrus peel, and vanilla bean, at the outdoor rooftop space. Reservations are strongly recommended.

127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

18. The Dandy Crown

694 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

River West cocktail bar the Dandy Crown has a penchant for crockpot cocktails, and this current submission is a straightforward seasonal smash with rye whiskey, amaro, passionfruit, and lemon. Place orders via Tock.

694 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

19. The Dawson

730 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

The Dawson in River West is hosting a winter market where its serving to-go drinks like spiked ciders. The markets takes place on the weekends.

730 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

20. Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar

1 W Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

Raised is featuring a festive cocktail that feels right for the season that doesn’t rely on typical winter drink flavors: the PB&T includes Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, Distillerie Du Peyrat Cognac, oolong tea, blueberry vinegar, and honey.

1 W Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

21. Kumiko

630 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60661

Acclaimed West Loop bar Kumiko from celebrated bartender Julia Momose is serving up three unique toddy bases that, when added to hot water, become delectable winter sippers. The Ringo Toddy features Akashi Japanese blended whisky, Cynar amaro, Christian Drouin calvados, and Angostura bitters. Order online via BentoBox.

630 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60661

22. ROOH Chicago Restaurant & Bar

736 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Rooh’s dining room features high top seating, an orange couch, and a painted mural called Christine by Jenny Vyas,
Rooh is ready with hot drinks for winter.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Modern Indian restaurant Rooh in West Loop brings South Asian flavors to the fore in Hot Ghee Rum (dark rum, orange, pumpkin spice masala). Patrons can try it out in the restaurant’s outdoor dining tent on Randolph Restaurant Row.

736 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

23. The Press Room

1134 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Press Room is hosting a pop-up through December 23 in the West Loop. Find spiked sider and mulled wine served hot.

1134 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60607

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