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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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The frigid winter is here but the drinking scene in Chicago is hotter than ever before. Whether you fancy an old fashioned, a forward-thinking cocktail or a craft beer straight from the source, the Eater Chicago Cocktail Heatmap will help you quench that thirst. The updated map shows you the hottest drinking spots in town along with a few mainstays where you can sip drinks and escape winter's chill.

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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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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The subterranean tiki bar is still a tiki paradise that will have you wondering how you ever did without such drinks before, even without mastermind Paul McGee. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

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. Lost Lake

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3154 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 293-6048
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Paul McGee is at it again, swiftly opening one of the hottest bars in recent memory following his exit from Lettuce Entertain You and Three Dots and a Dash. Tiki is still the theme, yet the neighborhood, size and feel is a little different. Prepare to wait in line in peak hours.

16. The Drifter Chicago

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678 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 631-3887
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A former original speakeasy is reborn as a pedigreed cocktail bar and "eclectic and eccentric" event space inside a small early 20th century time capsule connected to Green Door Tavern. Available cocktails change nightly and are printed on tarot cards.

17. The Franklin Room

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675 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 445-4686
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The folks behind Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar have curated one of the largest selections of whiskeys in Chicago in a swanky all-day bar and eatery in River North.

18. Bordel

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1721 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-8600
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Above Black Bull in Wicker Park lies a beautiful semi-hidden bar and lounge with standout cocktails, throwback live music, and a crowd of both cocktail enthusiasts and partygoers.

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. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

The subterranean tiki bar is still a tiki paradise that will have you wondering how you ever did without such drinks before, even without mastermind Paul McGee. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

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. Lost Lake

3154 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Paul McGee is at it again, swiftly opening one of the hottest bars in recent memory following his exit from Lettuce Entertain You and Three Dots and a Dash. Tiki is still the theme, yet the neighborhood, size and feel is a little different. Prepare to wait in line in peak hours.

3154 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. The Drifter Chicago

678 N. Orleans, Chicago, IL 60654

A former original speakeasy is reborn as a pedigreed cocktail bar and "eclectic and eccentric" event space inside a small early 20th century time capsule connected to Green Door Tavern. Available cocktails change nightly and are printed on tarot cards.

678 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL 60654

17. The Franklin Room

675 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654

The folks behind Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar have curated one of the largest selections of whiskeys in Chicago in a swanky all-day bar and eatery in River North.

675 N Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60654

18. Bordel

1721 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Above Black Bull in Wicker Park lies a beautiful semi-hidden bar and lounge with standout cocktails, throwback live music, and a crowd of both cocktail enthusiasts and partygoers.

1721 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

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