It’s officially rosé season in Chicago. Around the city, the pink wine can be found in slushy cocktail form, as a canned cider, and, of course, the real deal wine — either flat or sparkling — from producers rooted in the U.S., Europe, and beyond. Below, a guide to some of the city’s best spaces to drink rosé, many of which afford panoramic city views.Read More
20 Great Places to Drink Rosé All Day in Chicago
Where to imbibe the pink stuff
Spring import Maddon’s Post, the massive eatery by Wrigley Field from Cubs manager Joe Maddon and Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano, is ready with the pre-game rosé. The restaurant offers three rosés by the glass and another six by the bottle. Pop in during happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4-6 p.m.) for Oregon’s Flock 70 rosé for $8 a glass or $30 for a bottle.
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Hush Money, the newly opened second floor lounge within Wrigleyville’s Mordecai that’s connected to Hotel Zachary has a sweet little patio with views overlooking Gallagher Way and Wrigley Field. Lauded for its deep and rare spirits list, the bar likewise offers lighter pours conducive to al fresco imbibing. By way of rose, there’s a sparkling Bouvet-Ladubay’s Brut Rosé.
Bruce Sherman’s Michelin-starred farm-to-table engagement on the edge of Lincoln Park’s North Pond always stocks pink drinks, both still and sparkling. Right now there’s Skinner Rosé by the glass and Domaine Tempier and Château Pradeaux by the bottle. Doors open up for fresh-air dining and a great water view, and the restaurant’s lavish prix-fixe brunch is not to be missed.
Summer House Santa Monica
Summer House Santa Monica brings Cali vibes to Chicago. And with that comes its rosé cart. There are eight producers by the glass and bottle, from Summer Water on tap, to pink wines from Spain, France, California, and Oregon.
Stop by sun-drenched etta in Bucktown and grab a patio seat for roasted oysters and grilled ribeye. Thirsty? Snag a bottomless rosé tub for $35 per person.
Cafe Cancale is the new light and bright French number from One Off Hospitality dedicated to simple, fresh seafood. Claiming the old Publican Anker pace in Wicker Park, the new bistro pours rosé by the glass from France and Greece, plus offers a total of seven options by bottle.
3 Arts Club Cafe
Restoration Hardware’s first floor restaurant 3 Arts Café Club is a sleek spot for sun, snacks, and vino. Snag a comfy couch and a glass of Orison rosé from Portugal’s Alentejano region, kick back, and relax.
After debuting two years ago in the Viceroy hotel, Somerset’s patio is still an excellent choice for al fresco pink imbibing. Here, expect American bites by Boka chef Lee Wolen plus rosé options from Washington and California.
On the 18th floor of the Viceroy, sleek rooftop patio and pool bar Devereaux is pushing several rosé options. Lauded beverage director Lee Zaremba is serving a pineapple frosé, made from a blend of pineapple whip and frozen rosé, in addition to a sparkling rosé Negroni. By the glass and bottle, there’s Pierre Et Papa Rosé from France and a sparkling options from Italy by Cleto Chiarli.
While celebrity chef Michael Mina’s French restaurant offers tableside rosé service from a roving bar cart during brunch at his Parisian-dressed Margeaux Brasserie on the third floor of the Waldorf Astoria, those looking for outdoor action should head to Petit Margeaux on the first floor. Think French bites and sips, which include, of course, rosé, such as Château Guilhem Pays D’Herault.
Boasting one of the city’s prettiest tree-studded patios, come early for a pre-dinner aperitivo at Tony Priolo’s classic Italian number, Piccolo Sogno. Dinner service kicks off at 5 p.m., the perfect time for an early libation, from Tuscan rosé to various pink Italian sparklers.
Joy District Chicago
The team behind Joy District—the rooftop bar in River North—just revealed a fresh new look lush with greenery. And bringing the summer patio vibes to River North, the lounge is equipped with rosé bottle service (Ace of Spades Rosé, Dom Perignon Rosé Luminous) plus a bunch of rosé-based cocktails, one of which is a rosé sangria.
The Hampton Social
The Hampton Social echoes the casual, beachy vibes of the Hamptons in Long Island, New York. Decorated with nautical swag and proffering a seafood-centered bill of fare, there’s certainly no shortage of pink drinks. From peachy frosé to a rotating selection of rosés (some of which are also sold via 1.5L, 3L, and 6L) like Whispering Angel and Domaines Ott, this is ground zero for boozy brunch.
Newbie Pizzeria Portofino channels Italy’s Riviera vibes on the Chicago Riverwalk. Unsurprisingly, thin-crust pizzas are front and center, paired with spritzes, cocktails, and summer-friendly wine. There’s frosé all day (rosé, grapefruit liqueur, orange, grenadine float), plus flat and still Italian rosé options.
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London House Rooftop Bar
London House’s three-level rooftop lounge offers amazing river views from 22 floors up, and it’s an ideal spot to spend the day drinking. In addition to a range of sparkling rosé Champagnes (from Laurent Perrier to Dom), favorite Chateau d’Esclans’ Whispering Angel is on offer by glass or bottle, in addition to the winery’s rosé that’s one level up, Rock Angel.
With its floral getup and expansive patio, Aba is one of Fulton Market’s most coveted outdoor drinking dens. And to match the Middle Eastern/Mediterranean menu by chef CJ Jacobson, of course there’s plenty of rosé. In addition to a number of sparkling options and one cocktail (rosé, Chareau, lime, soda), drop by for rosé by the glass from Lebanon, France, and California. Also, for those in the know (this option is not listed on the menu), there’s magnums of Domaine Tempier rosé, a top producer in Bandol, France.
Cabra, chef Stephanie Izard’s white hot rooftop Peruvian haunt at the Hoxton hotel in Fulton Market, might be wed to Pisco, but that doesn’t mean the team overlooked rosé. Drop by for warm summer breezes and both sparkling and still rosé options from Argentina.
Beatnik On The River
The perfect place to drink pink, Beatnik’s expansion by the Chicago River affords a bohemian-dressed 80-seat patio, plus comfy daybeds, and fringed umbrellas. Alongside the Spanish- and Mediterranean-inspired menu, there’s a slew of rosé options, from France, Portugal, and Lebanon, and one pink Cava from Spain.
Veg out, quite literally, on Bad Hunter’s 30-seat patio for some cultish, naturally-produced rosé. The botanically-inclined eatery is currently offering four rosé options, two of which are on draft. Look for Division L’Avoiron Rosé of Gamay Noir, Clos Cibonne Tentations Rosé, Paris Wine Co. Les Deux Moulins, and Huber Hugo Sparkling Rosé, plus another seven rosés on the bottle list.
Don’t forget about Terzo Piano, the artful, beautifully-designed Mediterranean restaurant within the Art Institute of Chicago. The eatery’s white-washed terrace affords views of Millennium Park and the Chicago Skyline. Take a gander with a glass of Sonoma rosé in-hand.