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The Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now

Here are the 18 hottest places to drink in Chicago.

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While the fall brings some chillier weather, the drinking scene in Chicago continues to heat up. Whether you fancy an old fashioned, a margarita, or a craft beer, the Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap will help you quench that thirst. The updated map shows you more new places along with a couple old favorites where you can sip drinks in the crisper weather. These beverage programs have mastered the art of booze and their concoctions will satisfy selective drinkers and those who want something simple, too.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sportsman's Club

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948 Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 206-8054
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This hotspot from Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner combines elements of a cocktail lounge, classic Chicago dive, French hunting club and retail store. Four cocktail offerings rotate on a daily basis, many utilizing an amaro machine, and there’s also a selection of packaged goods including whiskey, wine and bitters available for sale.

2. Slippery Slope

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2357 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 799-8504
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Dancing, skee ball and all-around fun; Danny Shapiro's selection of bottled cocktails and the tight and cheap beer selection make the Slope one of the hottest bars of the season.

3. Celeste

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111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 828-9000
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Three floors of art deco stylings, a new rooftop deck, and a massive book of a cocktail menu add up to a can't-miss drinking experience.

4. Lagunitas Brewing - Chicago

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2607 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608

An oasis of fresh Lagunitas beer straight from the source is your prize for navigating the trippy maze of winding hallways and stairwells within the newly-opened largest brewery in the state.

5. California Clipper

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1002 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-2547
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Brendan Sodikoff's refreshing of one of Chicago's oldest bars has added a massive cocktail menu, an updated buildout and will soon add a tobacco shop next door while still keeping much of the classic vibe in tact.

6. Analogue

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2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-8567
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Former Violet Hour bartenders Robby Haynes and Henry Prendergast have opened a den of progressive cocktails, Creole food and dancing in Logan Square. Analogue's cozy, 50-seat space offers a small cocktail list that changes frequently and includes purls, which are beers laced with bitters. Also look for the dance floor, the elevated DJ booth and very good New Orleans-style dishes from chef Alfredo Nogueira.

7. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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Paul McGee’s bar is a tiki paradise that will have you wondering how you ever did without such drinks before now. Step through an alley doorway to a theme world of skulls, pirate ships, straw hut-covered bars and plenty of rum cocktails. There are classics like Mai Tai and Pago Pago, as well as more modern riffs like Painkiller No. 3 (Bajan rum, Jamaican rum, coconut liqueur, passionfruit, pineapple, cream) served in a variety of souvenir mugs.

8. The Allis

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113 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

You may not be able to get into most of Soho House, but you can always drink at The Allis. A tight selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer, as well as food, is served in a beautiful backdrop on the West Loop boutique hotel's ground floor.

9. Punch House

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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Located in the basement of Thalia Hall under Duesek’s Board and Beer, Punch House is a ‘70s-style cocktail bar offering sailor-inspired punches. Bring some friends because while you can order by the glass, you’ll need help for the carafes and punch bowls, as well as the new fondue for two. Options include the Dusek Punch, featuring Good bourbon, lemon, raw sugar, dark ale and nutmeg.

10. Henry's Swing Club

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18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-8018
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The myriad of fun drinks, parlor games, and relaxed vibe at Henry's are a unique and welcome addition to the River North party scene.

11. The Red Lion Pub

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2446 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-2422
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The beautiful build-out, hard-to-find British beers, stacks of books and interesting conversation at the resurrected Red Lion Pub combine to give Lincoln Park an anti-party bar.

12. The Dawson

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732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 243-8955
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Billy Lawless’ “drinking-focused restaurant” features an extensive beverage program crafted by Clint Rogers and a massive patio. Each drink is meant to be paired with an item from the food menu, and utilizes housemade sodas, aperitifs and both clear and brown liquors. Interesting wines by the glass and draft beers are also available alongside shots of the day.

13. CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar

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564 W. Randolph St
Chicago, IL
(312) 707-8780
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Out to change minds about vodka, CH Distillery is Chicago’s first distillery with a cocktail bar. The focus is on vodka but gin, rum and whiskey are also available in spirit-driven cocktails, as well as a blossoming selection of house-made apertifs and rarer liquors.

14. Bar Takito

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201 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-9485
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Bright, loud and lively, the West Loop sister spot to Takito Kitchen is a fun place to down Mexican-inspired craft cocktails and chef David Dworshak's creative dishes while listening to a DJ, live band or the buzz of the room.

15. Bottlefork

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441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 955-1900
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Rockit Ranch and Kevin Hickey's drinking-focused restaurant includes one of the best cocktail selections in Chicago.

16. Tippling Hall

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646 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654

Mercadito's late-night drinking den is finally open following a lengthy delay and offers a massive menu that covers nearly every alcoholic beverage you can imagine.

17. Billy Sunday

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3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-2485
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Matthias Merges’ cocktail haven Billy Sunday has received rave reviews and it’s not hard to understand why. Building off the successful Yusho beverage program, mixologist Alex Bachman puts his twist on classics like the Old Fashioned, Bijou and Daiquiri. And a section solely devoted to tonics offers the Kent, one of the best Gin & Tonics in town.

18. The Aviary/The Office

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955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0868
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"World's best" bartender Charles Joly leads the beverage program only until the end of October at this highly-acclaimed cocktail kitchen from the Alinea team. Andrew Brochu heads up the food menu and if you're feeling lucky, try and see if you can get into the exclusive Office underneath.

1. Sportsman's Club

948 Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This hotspot from Matt Eisler and Kevin Heisner combines elements of a cocktail lounge, classic Chicago dive, French hunting club and retail store. Four cocktail offerings rotate on a daily basis, many utilizing an amaro machine, and there’s also a selection of packaged goods including whiskey, wine and bitters available for sale.

948 Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

2. Slippery Slope

2357 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Dancing, skee ball and all-around fun; Danny Shapiro's selection of bottled cocktails and the tight and cheap beer selection make the Slope one of the hottest bars of the season.

2357 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Celeste

111 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Three floors of art deco stylings, a new rooftop deck, and a massive book of a cocktail menu add up to a can't-miss drinking experience.

111 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Lagunitas Brewing - Chicago

2607 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608

An oasis of fresh Lagunitas beer straight from the source is your prize for navigating the trippy maze of winding hallways and stairwells within the newly-opened largest brewery in the state.

2607 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608

5. California Clipper

1002 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Brendan Sodikoff's refreshing of one of Chicago's oldest bars has added a massive cocktail menu, an updated buildout and will soon add a tobacco shop next door while still keeping much of the classic vibe in tact.

1002 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Analogue

2523 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Former Violet Hour bartenders Robby Haynes and Henry Prendergast have opened a den of progressive cocktails, Creole food and dancing in Logan Square. Analogue's cozy, 50-seat space offers a small cocktail list that changes frequently and includes purls, which are beers laced with bitters. Also look for the dance floor, the elevated DJ booth and very good New Orleans-style dishes from chef Alfredo Nogueira.

2523 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Paul McGee’s bar is a tiki paradise that will have you wondering how you ever did without such drinks before now. Step through an alley doorway to a theme world of skulls, pirate ships, straw hut-covered bars and plenty of rum cocktails. There are classics like Mai Tai and Pago Pago, as well as more modern riffs like Painkiller No. 3 (Bajan rum, Jamaican rum, coconut liqueur, passionfruit, pineapple, cream) served in a variety of souvenir mugs.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. The Allis

113 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

You may not be able to get into most of Soho House, but you can always drink at The Allis. A tight selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer, as well as food, is served in a beautiful backdrop on the West Loop boutique hotel's ground floor.

113 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

9. Punch House

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Located in the basement of Thalia Hall under Duesek’s Board and Beer, Punch House is a ‘70s-style cocktail bar offering sailor-inspired punches. Bring some friends because while you can order by the glass, you’ll need help for the carafes and punch bowls, as well as the new fondue for two. Options include the Dusek Punch, featuring Good bourbon, lemon, raw sugar, dark ale and nutmeg.

1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

10. Henry's Swing Club

18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

The myriad of fun drinks, parlor games, and relaxed vibe at Henry's are a unique and welcome addition to the River North party scene.

18 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. The Red Lion Pub

2446 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

The beautiful build-out, hard-to-find British beers, stacks of books and interesting conversation at the resurrected Red Lion Pub combine to give Lincoln Park an anti-party bar.

2446 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

12. The Dawson

732 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654

Billy Lawless’ “drinking-focused restaurant” features an extensive beverage program crafted by Clint Rogers and a massive patio. Each drink is meant to be paired with an item from the food menu, and utilizes housemade sodas, aperitifs and both clear and brown liquors. Interesting wines by the glass and draft beers are also available alongside shots of the day.

732 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654

13. CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar

564 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Out to change minds about vodka, CH Distillery is Chicago’s first distillery with a cocktail bar. The focus is on vodka but gin, rum and whiskey are also available in spirit-driven cocktails, as well as a blossoming selection of house-made apertifs and rarer liquors.

564 W. Randolph St
Chicago, IL

14. Bar Takito

201 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607

Bright, loud and lively, the West Loop sister spot to Takito Kitchen is a fun place to down Mexican-inspired craft cocktails and chef David Dworshak's creative dishes while listening to a DJ, live band or the buzz of the room.

201 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60607

15. Bottlefork

441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Rockit Ranch and Kevin Hickey's drinking-focused restaurant includes one of the best cocktail selections in Chicago.

441 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

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16. Tippling Hall

646 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654

Mercadito's late-night drinking den is finally open following a lengthy delay and offers a massive menu that covers nearly every alcoholic beverage you can imagine.

646 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654

17. Billy Sunday

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

Matthias Merges’ cocktail haven Billy Sunday has received rave reviews and it’s not hard to understand why. Building off the successful Yusho beverage program, mixologist Alex Bachman puts his twist on classics like the Old Fashioned, Bijou and Daiquiri. And a section solely devoted to tonics offers the Kent, one of the best Gin & Tonics in town.

3143 W Logan Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

18. The Aviary/The Office

955 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

"World's best" bartender Charles Joly leads the beverage program only until the end of October at this highly-acclaimed cocktail kitchen from the Alinea team. Andrew Brochu heads up the food menu and if you're feeling lucky, try and see if you can get into the exclusive Office underneath.

955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

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