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Boozy tea drinks are proving trendy in Chicago this fall.
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Where to Find Hot Cocktails in Chicago

It’s time to sip on toasty, boozy cocktails

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Boozy tea drinks are proving trendy in Chicago this fall.
| Garrett Sweet/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 boozy, brown-butter infused concoctions.

If there are spots that should be added, please email chicago@eater.com. In the search for bars and restaurant serving hot alcoholic drinks, few south or west side bars and restaurants came up. Help fix that.

As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Uncommon Ground

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There are two locations of this farm-to-table pioneer. The drink selection includes the “Hayride” (hot apple cider, cinnamon, Four Roses Bourbon), hot toddies, and Irish coffee. Patrons can also spike any hot (or for that matter, cold) drink with a shot of whisky or tequila.

Simon's Tavern

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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.

Three large dark bottles of mulled wine on a wooden table.
Simon’s mulled wine is a local favorite.
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The Moonlighter

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Logan Square’s mellow beer and burger bar has sparked its toasty outdoor fireplaces for the season and introduced hot spiced cider with an optional whiskey or rum upgrade.

Willow Room

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This new American corner bistro is opting for comforting, familiar flavors: customers can try a hot toddy (Slane Irish Whiskey, honey, lemon, cinnamon) and/or a hot cider (Mt. Gay Eclipse Rum, cinnamon, anise, apple).

The Violet Hour

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Acclaimed cocktail haven the Violet Hour has taken to offering classes for curious drinkers. For cozy, belly-warming options check out its Hot Drinks for Cold Witches, slated for Saturday, November 27. Tickets ($125 each) and more details are available via Tock.

Sportsman's Club

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This venerable Ukrainian Village bar has three hot cocktails to choose from: hot toddies (Slane Irish Whiskey, apple brandy, Earl Grey tea, lemon), Fancy Mulled Wine (Santa Teresa Aged Rum, Punt e Mes, cinnamon, clove, honey, orange peel), and Apple Cider Jammers (Dewars Scotch Whiskey, fino sherry, amaro, apple cider).

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There are hot options aplenty at Sportsman’s Club.
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The Dandy Crown

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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, cassis, and lemon. Patrons can also try the spiked cider (Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Cointreu, spiced cordial).

Kostali by Naha

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James Beard Award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian (Brindille, Naha) has a hit on her hands with Tipsy Tea Parties, her boozy take on high tea at Kostali inside the Gwen hotel. Groups can opt for Spill the Tea packages featuring alcohol-infused cuppas like We’re All Mad Here (Glenmorangie ‘X’ Scotch, peach liqueur, sugar, lemon, mountain high mango) alongside towers of sweet and savory snacks. Reservations and more details are available online.

A tea pours from a teapot into a china cup that reads “I love you, be quiet” inside.
There’s no reason not to drink at Kostali’s tipsy tea.
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Bar Sótano

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Chicagoans and visitors can warm up in River North at Lainie Bayless’s speakeasy-style cocktail bar with treats like a Hot Butter Whiskey Cider (brown butter-infused Abasolo whiskey, Montelobos espadín mezcal, BroVo boomerang, piloncillo, Amargo Vallet). Cold apple-themed cocktails are also on the menu.

Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk

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The riverside outpost from this popular restaurant and music venue is welcoming cool temperatures with a hot apple ginger cider — perfect for keeping fingers warm while strolling around Chicago.

Bar Pendry Chicago

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This newish spot tucked inside the Pendry Hotel at Chicagos’ gorgeous and historic Carbide & Carbon building has an alcohol-fueled tea service of its own, dubbed Bar Pendry Boozy Tea. In lieu of packages, however, drinkers can order a la carte selections like the St. Jerry (chai-infused Maker’s 46 Bourbon, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, anise). Groups can opt for shared selections, which include Tango in the Vestibule (Queen Mary Tea, tea-infused Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Chinese five spice, orange).

A lounge with an armchair at a right angle to a long leather sofa, with a round coffee table and a fireplace in the background.
Downtown denizens can try and beat back the chill at Bar Pendry.
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The Darling

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Adorable West Loop bar and social club the Darling (located above sandwich icon J.P. Graziano’s) has brought back hot cocktails, with hits like campfire Irish coffee and caramel apple cider. Patrons can try them out at the Rose Garden, the club’s pandemic-era outdoor space dotted with individual cabins.

Mesler Kitchen | Bar | Lounge

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Hyde Park’s reliable hotel bar gets into the spirit of the season with its own hot toddy, pumped up with Jack Daniels and passion fruit tea.

Uncommon Ground

There are two locations of this farm-to-table pioneer. The drink selection includes the “Hayride” (hot apple cider, cinnamon, Four Roses Bourbon), hot toddies, and Irish coffee. Patrons can also spike any hot (or for that matter, cold) drink with a shot of whisky or tequila.

Simon's Tavern

Three large dark bottles of mulled wine on a wooden table.
Simon’s mulled wine is a local favorite.
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.

Three large dark bottles of mulled wine on a wooden table.
Simon’s mulled wine is a local favorite.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Moonlighter

Logan Square’s mellow beer and burger bar has sparked its toasty outdoor fireplaces for the season and introduced hot spiced cider with an optional whiskey or rum upgrade.

Willow Room

This new American corner bistro is opting for comforting, familiar flavors: customers can try a hot toddy (Slane Irish Whiskey, honey, lemon, cinnamon) and/or a hot cider (Mt. Gay Eclipse Rum, cinnamon, anise, apple).

The Violet Hour

Acclaimed cocktail haven the Violet Hour has taken to offering classes for curious drinkers. For cozy, belly-warming options check out its Hot Drinks for Cold Witches, slated for Saturday, November 27. Tickets ($125 each) and more details are available via Tock.

Sportsman's Club

Sportsman’s
There are hot options aplenty at Sportsman’s Club.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

This venerable Ukrainian Village bar has three hot cocktails to choose from: hot toddies (Slane Irish Whiskey, apple brandy, Earl Grey tea, lemon), Fancy Mulled Wine (Santa Teresa Aged Rum, Punt e Mes, cinnamon, clove, honey, orange peel), and Apple Cider Jammers (Dewars Scotch Whiskey, fino sherry, amaro, apple cider).

Sportsman’s
There are hot options aplenty at Sportsman’s Club.
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

The Dandy Crown

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, cassis, and lemon. Patrons can also try the spiked cider (Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Cointreu, spiced cordial).

Kostali by Naha

A tea pours from a teapot into a china cup that reads “I love you, be quiet” inside.
There’s no reason not to drink at Kostali’s tipsy tea.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

James Beard Award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian (Brindille, Naha) has a hit on her hands with Tipsy Tea Parties, her boozy take on high tea at Kostali inside the Gwen hotel. Groups can opt for Spill the Tea packages featuring alcohol-infused cuppas like We’re All Mad Here (Glenmorangie ‘X’ Scotch, peach liqueur, sugar, lemon, mountain high mango) alongside towers of sweet and savory snacks. Reservations and more details are available online.

A tea pours from a teapot into a china cup that reads “I love you, be quiet” inside.
There’s no reason not to drink at Kostali’s tipsy tea.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Bar Sótano

Chicagoans and visitors can warm up in River North at Lainie Bayless’s speakeasy-style cocktail bar with treats like a Hot Butter Whiskey Cider (brown butter-infused Abasolo whiskey, Montelobos espadín mezcal, BroVo boomerang, piloncillo, Amargo Vallet). Cold apple-themed cocktails are also on the menu.

Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk

The riverside outpost from this popular restaurant and music venue is welcoming cool temperatures with a hot apple ginger cider — perfect for keeping fingers warm while strolling around Chicago.

Bar Pendry Chicago

A lounge with an armchair at a right angle to a long leather sofa, with a round coffee table and a fireplace in the background.
Downtown denizens can try and beat back the chill at Bar Pendry.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This newish spot tucked inside the Pendry Hotel at Chicagos’ gorgeous and historic Carbide & Carbon building has an alcohol-fueled tea service of its own, dubbed Bar Pendry Boozy Tea. In lieu of packages, however, drinkers can order a la carte selections like the St. Jerry (chai-infused Maker’s 46 Bourbon, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, anise). Groups can opt for shared selections, which include Tango in the Vestibule (Queen Mary Tea, tea-infused Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Chinese five spice, orange).

A lounge with an armchair at a right angle to a long leather sofa, with a round coffee table and a fireplace in the background.
Downtown denizens can try and beat back the chill at Bar Pendry.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Darling

Adorable West Loop bar and social club the Darling (located above sandwich icon J.P. Graziano’s) has brought back hot cocktails, with hits like campfire Irish coffee and caramel apple cider. Patrons can try them out at the Rose Garden, the club’s pandemic-era outdoor space dotted with individual cabins.

Mesler Kitchen | Bar | Lounge

Hyde Park’s reliable hotel bar gets into the spirit of the season with its own hot toddy, pumped up with Jack Daniels and passion fruit tea.

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