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While not a fruit punch or a punch bowl common in sports bars, craft punches are appearing on more and more menus these days. Originally made with a mix of strong liquor, weak liquor, bitter, sour, and sweet ingredients, bartenders in town are taking more liberties in putting their spin on the eighteenth century libation. Check out the map to see their punch creations and where to sip on them in Chicago.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Punch House

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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From the creators of Longman and Eagle and The Empty Bottle, this libation-serving offspring has been transformed from old Pilsen opera house into a punch-focused cocktail lounge. Eight house-crafted punches can be enjoyed daily from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

2. The Drawing Room

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937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-2694
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Why settle for just one when you can have three of former head bartender Charles Joly's hand-crafted punch creations at this Gold Coast hideaway? Choose from a grenadine, whiskey, or a wine-based punch utilizing local flavors that include "forever nuts" by David's Tea.

3. Tortoise Club

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350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700
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A slow and steady tortoise wins the race, but just try to drink this take on the classic "planter's punch" slowly.

4. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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Lead by twinkling tiki lights, this island-themed bar serves up a trio of dangerously tenacious punchbowls.

5. The Drinkingbird

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2201 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 472-9920
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The real surprise of this 60s-inspired den are the punches on the weekend brunch menu: the sweet and creamy "brandy milk" and the hibiscus-flavored "sake punch."

6. Carriage House

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1700 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 384-9700
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Located on the Division Street strip in Wicker Park, this modern day carriage house offers two contemporary Southern-inspired punches: the sweet and spiced tea-based "chucktown punch" and the aromatic, bubbly "tequila mockingbird."

7. Maude's Liquor Bar

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840 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-9712
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Mixed with red wine, Smith and Cross rum, and allspice liqueur, "maude's punch" is a favorite at this trendy Parisian lounge.

8. City Tavern

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1416 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 663-1278
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Inspired by an 18th century colonial tavern, City Tavern has created two punches to represent their modern day spin on the classics. The options are a traditional black tea and rum punch, and a sweet and spiced milk intoxicant.

9. The Barrelhouse Flat

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2624 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0421
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Whether its served in a crystal punch bowl, an antique pitcher or a glass, these craft punches certainly are picturesque. Choices include a classic tart "house punch" or a spiced Banks 7 Rum-based "joseph banks explorer."

10. Big Jones

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5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 275-5725
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Inspired by and focusing on rich Southern culture, this restaurant showcases two vintage cocktails that tell new stories of the old Southern cuisine.

11. Pecking Order

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4416 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 907-9900
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What better way to wash down a grilled, roasted, or fried Filipino chicken then with your choice of two house-made boozy punches?

12. Tanta Chicago

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118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
Celebrating pisco, a grape brandy produced in Peruvian wine regions, Tanta offers a pisco punch made with sweet pineapple gomme syrup and sour lemon.

1. Punch House

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
From the creators of Longman and Eagle and The Empty Bottle, this libation-serving offspring has been transformed from old Pilsen opera house into a punch-focused cocktail lounge. Eight house-crafted punches can be enjoyed daily from 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

2. The Drawing Room

937 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Why settle for just one when you can have three of former head bartender Charles Joly's hand-crafted punch creations at this Gold Coast hideaway? Choose from a grenadine, whiskey, or a wine-based punch utilizing local flavors that include "forever nuts" by David's Tea.
937 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Tortoise Club

350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
A slow and steady tortoise wins the race, but just try to drink this take on the classic "planter's punch" slowly.
350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Lead by twinkling tiki lights, this island-themed bar serves up a trio of dangerously tenacious punchbowls.
435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. The Drinkingbird

2201 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
The real surprise of this 60s-inspired den are the punches on the weekend brunch menu: the sweet and creamy "brandy milk" and the hibiscus-flavored "sake punch."
2201 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Carriage House

1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Located on the Division Street strip in Wicker Park, this modern day carriage house offers two contemporary Southern-inspired punches: the sweet and spiced tea-based "chucktown punch" and the aromatic, bubbly "tequila mockingbird."
1700 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Maude's Liquor Bar

840 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Mixed with red wine, Smith and Cross rum, and allspice liqueur, "maude's punch" is a favorite at this trendy Parisian lounge.
840 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

8. City Tavern

1416 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Inspired by an 18th century colonial tavern, City Tavern has created two punches to represent their modern day spin on the classics. The options are a traditional black tea and rum punch, and a sweet and spiced milk intoxicant.
1416 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

9. The Barrelhouse Flat

2624 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Whether its served in a crystal punch bowl, an antique pitcher or a glass, these craft punches certainly are picturesque. Choices include a classic tart "house punch" or a spiced Banks 7 Rum-based "joseph banks explorer."
2624 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

10. Big Jones

5347 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Inspired by and focusing on rich Southern culture, this restaurant showcases two vintage cocktails that tell new stories of the old Southern cuisine.
5347 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

11. Pecking Order

4416 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
What better way to wash down a grilled, roasted, or fried Filipino chicken then with your choice of two house-made boozy punches?
4416 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

12. Tanta Chicago

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Celebrating pisco, a grape brandy produced in Peruvian wine regions, Tanta offers a pisco punch made with sweet pineapple gomme syrup and sour lemon.
118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

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