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Guide: Where to Find Malort Cocktails

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Many Chicago establishments serve malort, that legendarily bitter local wormwood liquor, but a few are venturing into making cocktails with it. The map shows you where to find new cocktails made with malort, whether you want to shock your friends or taste it in a different light.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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The Violet Hour distills their own malort, right now it is being used in a dueling pair of cocktails. Choose between the citrusy, more forgiving "odin's holiday," or the abrasive "world shattered."

2. Ada Street

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1664 N Ada St
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 697-7069
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This hidden gem on the Elston Corridor offers a rustic malort cocktail infused with 100 proof Rittenhouse Rye and finished with Burlesque bitters. As if malort wasn't bitter enough.

3. The Barrelhouse Flat

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2624 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0421
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This two story Lincoln Park craft cocktail haven defines the new "gin and tonic" mix by offering a house tonic with not just one, but two types of malort. Who says you can't have the best of both worlds?

4. The Whistler

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2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530
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Voted as one of GQ Magazine's 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America, the Whistler continues to surprise patrons with its whimsical creations. Included on their current menu is a malort blended mai tai.

5. Karyn's on Green

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130 S Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-6155
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Sunflower hummus, wheatgrass shots, and malort cocktails? This raw, Vegan food and drink bar serves up a cocktail featuring tequila, vanilla-infused malort, homemade pink peppercorn and cracked black pepper syrup.

6. Bangers & Lace

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1670 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-6499
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Creating its spin on a deconstructed negroni, this beer and sausage mecca in the heart of Wicker Park incorporates malort as its secret ingredient.

7. Mott Street

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1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL
(773) 687-9977
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With its menu items inspired by the post-service cravings of its sister team at Ruxbin's, Mott Street's authentic craft malort, Barton rum, and elderflower blended cocktail is certainly no exception.

8. Watershed

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601 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-4932
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Infused with maple bitters and sprinkled with nutmeg, who would have thought that a malort based cocktail could make you feel warm and fuzzy?

9. The Bad Apple

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4300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 360-8406
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An alternate to its extensive non-pretentious beer menu is The Bad Apple's "craig's list casual encounter." Made with Jeppson's Malort, lemongrass ginger syrup and a few splashes of lemon lime soda, it's hard not to let the bitter encounter linger.

10. Trenchermen

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2039 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-1540
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Located in Wicker Park, this former 1920s bathhouse serves its malort cocktail with Cocchi Rosa and hints of maraschino.

11. Starland

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1619 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL
Designed with a nostalgic concept in mind, this restaurant's menu features their versions of classic comfort food with crafted libations. Included in their remake is the "ruby slipper," a tart, grapefruit flavored malort cocktail.

12. Owen & Engine

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2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2930
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Reigning in Logan Square, this English gastropub serves a malort cocktail with a blend of gin, maraschino, lemon and grapefruit bitters.

1. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The Violet Hour distills their own malort, right now it is being used in a dueling pair of cocktails. Choose between the citrusy, more forgiving "odin's holiday," or the abrasive "world shattered."
1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

2. Ada Street

1664 N Ada St, Chicago, IL 60642
This hidden gem on the Elston Corridor offers a rustic malort cocktail infused with 100 proof Rittenhouse Rye and finished with Burlesque bitters. As if malort wasn't bitter enough.
1664 N Ada St
Chicago, IL 60642

3. The Barrelhouse Flat

2624 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
This two story Lincoln Park craft cocktail haven defines the new "gin and tonic" mix by offering a house tonic with not just one, but two types of malort. Who says you can't have the best of both worlds?
2624 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. The Whistler

2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Voted as one of GQ Magazine's 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America, the Whistler continues to surprise patrons with its whimsical creations. Included on their current menu is a malort blended mai tai.
2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Karyn's on Green

130 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Sunflower hummus, wheatgrass shots, and malort cocktails? This raw, Vegan food and drink bar serves up a cocktail featuring tequila, vanilla-infused malort, homemade pink peppercorn and cracked black pepper syrup.
130 S Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Bangers & Lace

1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Creating its spin on a deconstructed negroni, this beer and sausage mecca in the heart of Wicker Park incorporates malort as its secret ingredient.
1670 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Mott Street

1401 N Ashland, Chicago, IL
With its menu items inspired by the post-service cravings of its sister team at Ruxbin's, Mott Street's authentic craft malort, Barton rum, and elderflower blended cocktail is certainly no exception.
1401 N Ashland
Chicago, IL

8. Watershed

601 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
Infused with maple bitters and sprinkled with nutmeg, who would have thought that a malort based cocktail could make you feel warm and fuzzy?
601 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

9. The Bad Apple

4300 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
An alternate to its extensive non-pretentious beer menu is The Bad Apple's "craig's list casual encounter." Made with Jeppson's Malort, lemongrass ginger syrup and a few splashes of lemon lime soda, it's hard not to let the bitter encounter linger.
4300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Trenchermen

2039 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Located in Wicker Park, this former 1920s bathhouse serves its malort cocktail with Cocchi Rosa and hints of maraschino.
2039 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Starland

1619 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL
Designed with a nostalgic concept in mind, this restaurant's menu features their versions of classic comfort food with crafted libations. Included in their remake is the "ruby slipper," a tart, grapefruit flavored malort cocktail.
1619 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL

12. Owen & Engine

2700 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Reigning in Logan Square, this English gastropub serves a malort cocktail with a blend of gin, maraschino, lemon and grapefruit bitters.
2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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