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Where to Drink Cocktails Right Now in Chicago

Bring out the fire pits and enjoy a quality drink

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Eden’s cocktails are thoughtful.
| Kim Kovacik/Eater Chicago

Even though patio pounder season is coming to a close, Chicago happily embraces sweater weather, fire pits, and all the warm and funny feelings that come from fall. With that, it’s time for the latest update to Eater Chicago’s Cocktail Heatmap. This is the guide to where locals and tourists should be enjoying a cocktail, glass of wine, or a cold beer — it’s not just about mixology here. For the latest update, 10 bars were added. Beware of too much pumpkin spice and enjoy the weather.

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Whiskey Girl Tavern

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This newish neighborhood drinking spot from the couple who co-founded the annual Andersonville Pride party Back Lot Bash has quickly carved out a niche in Edgewater with locally brewed beers, casual bar snacks, and a solid list of classic cocktails that range from Negronis and Manhattans to margaritas and daiquiris.

Nobody's Darling

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With a focus on community building and inclusivity, this Andersonville queer bar mixes old-school Chicago tavern charm with modern comfort. “The Pink Kitty” (Hendrick’s Gin, aperol, grapefruit, sparkling wine) is an example of the drink menu’s “classic cocktails, elevated” creed. The bar was a James Beard Award semifinalist this year for best bar program.

A bright pink cocktail flows out of a shaker and into a martini glass. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Moonflower and Nightshade

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Moonflower, the plant-themed cocktail bar that opened in Old Irving Park in 2021, recently acquired a darker, moodier younger sibling, Nightshade. Located in the basement below Moonflower, Nightshade serves cocktails with more experimental ingredients — the Late Bloomer features purple rice-washed Ford’s gin while Son of a Gun includes salted tortilla chips and poblano peppers — plus fluffy alcoholic shave ice.

Dovetail Brewery

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Dovetail Brewery produces the best lager (Helles) in the city. And with Oktoberfest about to fire up, there’s no better place to enjoy a pint. There’s a variety of tasty German-inspired brews including Vienna and the Kolsch.

All-day favorite Eden is back in full force after an extended pandemic hiatus and relocation from the West Loop. Dinner service resumed in September, along with a selection of cocktails such as the gin-based Elevenses with lavender honey and Cool It Now, a vodka drink with Cocchi Americano, aloe liqueur, and bay leaf syrup.

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Eden’s return is complete with newly expanded dinner service.
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Mother's Ruin

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This eagerly anticipated bar opened in spring 2022 in Logan Square. It’s a spinoff of a well-regarded New York hotspot, a hybrid cocktail lounge and dive bar that offers a little bit of something for everyone. Boozy slushies are on tap as well as a fun mix of classic drinks with modern twists. Food, sandwiches, and waffle fries, are also available.

A coupe glass with a Manhattan cocktail on a wooden bar. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Quality Time

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The long-vacant Son of a Butcher space along Diversey gets a refresh thanks to the owners of Bangers & Lace. Quality Time, as the name implies, is a throwback to old-school Chicago taverns with simple drinks and both canned beer and craft favorites on tap. They also offer pitchers of beer. There are DJs on weekends, sidewalk seating, plus a patio area.

Cellar Door Provisions

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It’s a revival for one of Chicago’s most beloved independent restaurants. Wine was always an integral part of the nighttime experience at Cellar Door, but now there’s more emphasis on natural wine. Walk-ins only from Wednesday to Saturday.

A glass door in a brick building reads “Cellar Door Provisions.” Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Albion Manor

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This two-story bar in Lincoln Park from the team behind AJ Hudson’s and the Dandy Crown is two drinking establishments in one: the Albion Manor, an English-style football pub with beer and snacks on the ground floor, and the Parlour, an elegant cocktail lounge upstairs.

Plush couches, chairs, stools, and low tables on top of rugs. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

1308 Chicago

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A newish member of a small community of Black woman-owned dining and drinking spots on the North Side, 1308 Chicago channels the city’s Prohibition-era bar culture with an assortment of new interpretations of classic cocktails. Many of their names weave in references to the legacy of infamous local gangsters: the tequila-based Bloody Valentine gives a nod to the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, while Bugs’ Bourbon Smash pays homage to George “Bugs” Moran.

A bartender pours a drink from a metal shaker into a coupe glass.
Goose Island’s newest restaurant aims to ride a wave of growth in the area.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Rose Lounge

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Adalina has been a hit in Gold Coast: chef Soo Ahn dazzles with a creative Italian-American menu that’s kept the second-floor dining room filled during the pandemic. The owners also inherited a downstairs lounge, and they’ve made the space their own with the assistance of beverage director Aaron Pollack. Rose Lounge is dimly lit with room for 50. True to theme, some drinks come with fancy block ice carved into roses. Reservations are available via OpenTable.

Six cocktails of various sizes and colors on a marble bar with a bartender’s arm garnishing the center drink with an orange peel. Rose Lounge

Dorothy

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Those who pass through behind the eye-catching red door on Chicago avenue will find themselves in a neighborhood cocktail wonderland — albeit a ‘70s-inspired, lesbian-focused one that welcomes all friends (and friends of friends) of Dorothy. A sister spot to restaurant Split-Rail, Dorothy hosts events like Fruit Salad, a monthly queer open mic night, and is a reliable destination for strong drinks.

Funkenhausen

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Fukenhausen has been reborn just in time for Oktoberfest. The restaurant is a mash-up of southern and German food, and they recently hired a new beverage director with a new drink list. The drinks are balance and delicious, but the highlight is a special shot: the krautback. The restaurant goes threw hundreds of pounds of sauerkraut every week, and now there’s a drink that helps ensure none of it is wasted. It even comes in a cute little glass boot.

The owners of Recess, Atomic Hospitality, know they can throw a party. Their spaces are unique and fun. But they also want customers to know there’s plenty of quality food and drink. Tabu, in Fulton Market, has a big selection of agave drinks — there’s also a fun large-format menu for sharing.

A pink drink garnished with a lemon and blue glitter.
Tabu has a fun cocktail list.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Kumiko, the West Loop Japanese-inspired cocktail bar, is known for having one of the most thoughtful drink menus in the city. Each concoction incorporates a carefully balanced mix of spirits, including a deep bench of Japanese whiskies. Those who don’t imbibe alcohol have plenty of options as well, as the menu offers a variety of booze-free drinks made with top-flight teas. Creative director and partner Julia Momosé in 2022 won a James Beard media award for her book The Way of the Cocktail, cowritten with journalist Emma Janzen.

Nine Bar

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Nine Bar is Chinatown’s first cocktail bar, located behind the Moon Palace Express takeout counter. Owners Lily Wang (whose parents own Moon Palace) and Joe Briglio mix up “Asian-ish” takes on classic cocktails, creating Old Fashioneds, highballs, and margaritias with baiju, soju, and shochu.

Bronzeville Winery

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This restaurant and winery from urban planner Cecilia Cuff and Silver Room owner Eric Williams is home to some of Chicago’s hardest-to-snag tables, as well as a tight cocktail list that hits on all the major spirits. Submissions include the Uncle Yams Old Fashioned, a concoction starring Black-owned whiskey brand Uncle Nearest, sweet potato syrup, and brandied cherries.

Daisy's Po' Boy and Tavern

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Chef Erick Williams (Virtue) has opened this third restaurant, and this one is a tribute to cajun and Creole cooking. When a James Beard Award winner opens a bar, folks should get excited that they can nosh on more than sad frozen morsels. Williams serve up po-boys and muffalettas. But also, he claims, “the coldest Abita” drinkers will drink. Come down to Hyde Park for some sports and brews.

A po’boy split in half with a beer in a goblet. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Whiskey Girl Tavern

This newish neighborhood drinking spot from the couple who co-founded the annual Andersonville Pride party Back Lot Bash has quickly carved out a niche in Edgewater with locally brewed beers, casual bar snacks, and a solid list of classic cocktails that range from Negronis and Manhattans to margaritas and daiquiris.

Nobody's Darling

With a focus on community building and inclusivity, this Andersonville queer bar mixes old-school Chicago tavern charm with modern comfort. “The Pink Kitty” (Hendrick’s Gin, aperol, grapefruit, sparkling wine) is an example of the drink menu’s “classic cocktails, elevated” creed. The bar was a James Beard Award semifinalist this year for best bar program.

A bright pink cocktail flows out of a shaker and into a martini glass. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Moonflower and Nightshade

Moonflower, the plant-themed cocktail bar that opened in Old Irving Park in 2021, recently acquired a darker, moodier younger sibling, Nightshade. Located in the basement below Moonflower, Nightshade serves cocktails with more experimental ingredients — the Late Bloomer features purple rice-washed Ford’s gin while Son of a Gun includes salted tortilla chips and poblano peppers — plus fluffy alcoholic shave ice.

Dovetail Brewery

Dovetail Brewery produces the best lager (Helles) in the city. And with Oktoberfest about to fire up, there’s no better place to enjoy a pint. There’s a variety of tasty German-inspired brews including Vienna and the Kolsch.

Eden

All-day favorite Eden is back in full force after an extended pandemic hiatus and relocation from the West Loop. Dinner service resumed in September, along with a selection of cocktails such as the gin-based Elevenses with lavender honey and Cool It Now, a vodka drink with Cocchi Americano, aloe liqueur, and bay leaf syrup.

A yellow cocktail in a coupe glass with a white foam top sits on a round black table.
Eden’s return is complete with newly expanded dinner service.
Kim Kovacik/Eater Chicago

Mother's Ruin

This eagerly anticipated bar opened in spring 2022 in Logan Square. It’s a spinoff of a well-regarded New York hotspot, a hybrid cocktail lounge and dive bar that offers a little bit of something for everyone. Boozy slushies are on tap as well as a fun mix of classic drinks with modern twists. Food, sandwiches, and waffle fries, are also available.

A coupe glass with a Manhattan cocktail on a wooden bar. Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Quality Time

The long-vacant Son of a Butcher space along Diversey gets a refresh thanks to the owners of Bangers & Lace. Quality Time, as the name implies, is a throwback to old-school Chicago taverns with simple drinks and both canned beer and craft favorites on tap. They also offer pitchers of beer. There are DJs on weekends, sidewalk seating, plus a patio area.

Cellar Door Provisions

It’s a revival for one of Chicago’s most beloved independent restaurants. Wine was always an integral part of the nighttime experience at Cellar Door, but now there’s more emphasis on natural wine. Walk-ins only from Wednesday to Saturday.

A glass door in a brick building reads “Cellar Door Provisions.” Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Albion Manor

This two-story bar in Lincoln Park from the team behind AJ Hudson’s and the Dandy Crown is two drinking establishments in one: the Albion Manor, an English-style football pub with beer and snacks on the ground floor, and the Parlour, an elegant cocktail lounge upstairs.

Plush couches, chairs, stools, and low tables on top of rugs. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

1308 Chicago

A newish member of a small community of Black woman-owned dining and drinking spots on the North Side, 1308 Chicago channels the city’s Prohibition-era bar culture with an assortment of new interpretations of classic cocktails. Many of their names weave in references to the legacy of infamous local gangsters: the tequila-based Bloody Valentine gives a nod to the 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, while Bugs’ Bourbon Smash pays homage to George “Bugs” Moran.

A bartender pours a drink from a metal shaker into a coupe glass.
Goose Island’s newest restaurant aims to ride a wave of growth in the area.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Rose Lounge

Adalina has been a hit in Gold Coast: chef Soo Ahn dazzles with a creative Italian-American menu that’s kept the second-floor dining room filled during the pandemic. The owners also inherited a downstairs lounge, and they’ve made the space their own with the assistance of beverage director Aaron Pollack. Rose Lounge is dimly lit with room for 50. True to theme, some drinks come with fancy block ice carved into roses. Reservations are available via OpenTable.

Six cocktails of various sizes and colors on a marble bar with a bartender’s arm garnishing the center drink with an orange peel. Rose Lounge

Dorothy

Those who pass through behind the eye-catching red door on Chicago avenue will find themselves in a neighborhood cocktail wonderland — albeit a ‘70s-inspired, lesbian-focused one that welcomes all friends (and friends of friends) of Dorothy. A sister spot to restaurant Split-Rail, Dorothy hosts events like Fruit Salad, a monthly queer open mic night, and is a reliable destination for strong drinks.

Funkenhausen

Fukenhausen has been reborn just in time for Oktoberfest. The restaurant is a mash-up of southern and German food, and they recently hired a new beverage director with a new drink list. The drinks are balance and delicious, but the highlight is a special shot: the krautback. The restaurant goes threw hundreds of pounds of sauerkraut every week, and now there’s a drink that helps ensure none of it is wasted. It even comes in a cute little glass boot.

Tabu

The owners of Recess, Atomic Hospitality, know they can throw a party. Their spaces are unique and fun. But they also want customers to know there’s plenty of quality food and drink. Tabu, in Fulton Market, has a big selection of agave drinks — there’s also a fun large-format menu for sharing.

A pink drink garnished with a lemon and blue glitter.
Tabu has a fun cocktail list.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Kumiko

Kumiko, the West Loop Japanese-inspired cocktail bar, is known for having one of the most thoughtful drink menus in the city. Each concoction incorporates a carefully balanced mix of spirits, including a deep bench of Japanese whiskies. Those who don’t imbibe alcohol have plenty of options as well, as the menu offers a variety of booze-free drinks made with top-flight teas. Creative director and partner Julia Momosé in 2022 won a James Beard media award for her book The Way of the Cocktail, cowritten with journalist Emma Janzen.

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Nine Bar

Nine Bar is Chinatown’s first cocktail bar, located behind the Moon Palace Express takeout counter. Owners Lily Wang (whose parents own Moon Palace) and Joe Briglio mix up “Asian-ish” takes on classic cocktails, creating Old Fashioneds, highballs, and margaritias with baiju, soju, and shochu.

Bronzeville Winery

This restaurant and winery from urban planner Cecilia Cuff and Silver Room owner Eric Williams is home to some of Chicago’s hardest-to-snag tables, as well as a tight cocktail list that hits on all the major spirits. Submissions include the Uncle Yams Old Fashioned, a concoction starring Black-owned whiskey brand Uncle Nearest, sweet potato syrup, and brandied cherries.

Daisy's Po' Boy and Tavern

Chef Erick Williams (Virtue) has opened this third restaurant, and this one is a tribute to cajun and Creole cooking. When a James Beard Award winner opens a bar, folks should get excited that they can nosh on more than sad frozen morsels. Williams serve up po-boys and muffalettas. But also, he claims, “the coldest Abita” drinkers will drink. Come down to Hyde Park for some sports and brews.

A po’boy split in half with a beer in a goblet. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

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