20 Best Cocktails in Chicago
Lula Café is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

1. Lula Café

9.5
2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 208 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: 11 a.m. Sunday 54 E. 1st St. The most beautiful Bloody happens to be the most delicious—smoked oysters, caper brine, and all.

The Barrelhouse Flat is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

2. The Barrelhouse Flat

9.1
2624 N Lincoln Ave (at W Wrightwood Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Lincoln Park · 84 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Creole Cocktail. A seldom-seen classic (bourbon, sweet vermouth, Bénédictine, Amer Picon) done exactly right.

NoMI is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

3. NoMI

9.2
800 N Michigan Ave (North Rush Street), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Streeterville · 92 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: 1871 Manhattan. The perfect rye Manhattan with a smoky historical reference: Laphroaig Scotch.

Boka is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

4. Boka

8.9
1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Lincoln Park · 79 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Weston. This drink’s components read like a snapshot of its creator’s day off: Four Roses bourbon, strong coffee syrup, and pipe tobacco.

Duchamp is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

5. Duchamp

2118 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Bucktown · 19 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Typeset. Winter caught in a smoked-anise glass: rye, port, maple syrup, perfection.

Bernard's Bar is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

6. Bernard's Bar

8.3
11 E Walton St (at The Waldorf Astoria), Chicago, IL
Hotel Bar · Near North Side · 17 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Blood of Dillinger. Tequila meets its least likely culinary match: beet juice, with rosemary syrup to boot.

The Aviary is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

7. The Aviary

9.2
955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Fulton Market · 140 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Rum Manhattan. Pillow pretense aside, this is one of the smoothest sippers in town, if not the world.

The Whistler is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

8. The Whistler

9.3
2421 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Fullerton Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 96 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Four Points. Rye, Bénédictine, sherry, and sweet vermouth, elegantly accented with a walnut liqueur rinse.

9. Big Star

9.3
1531 N Damen Ave (btwn W Pierce Ave & N Wicker Pk Ave), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Wicker Park · 537 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Paloma. Mexico’s answer to the Greyhound, balanced and way beyond typical taqueria fare.

In Fine Spirits Lounge is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

10. In Fine Spirits Lounge

5420 N Clark St (at Rascher Ave), Chicago, IL
Wine Bar · Andersonville · 47 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail at the lounge: Dead Meadow. Named for the seminal stoner-rock band, this combination of bourbon and rye goes psychedelic with walnut bitters and apple whiskey.

Owen & Engine is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

11. Owen & Engine

9.2
2700 N Western Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · Northwest Side · 132 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Victorian Pimm's Cup. The best of three Pimm’s Cup variations at this bar, with pink peppercorn tincture and rose water.

Henri is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

12. Henri

18 S Michigan Ave (at E. Madison St.), Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · The Loop · 37 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Henri Presse. "The classic sidecar subs Pineau des Charentes for cognac—with an unexpected wash of Old Overholt rye."

Blackbird is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

13. Blackbird

8.6
619 W Randolph St (at N Desplaines St.), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 114 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Carlisle. An abstract tribute to the Manhattan, with a base of applejack and delicate bittersweet vermouth and finished with peach bitters.

Longman & Eagle is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

14. Longman & Eagle

9.4
2657 N Kedzie Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Logan Square · 314 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Tom Collins. The best Tom in town (and we’ve tried them all), anchored by real Old Tom gin, as it should be.

The Office is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

15. The Office

8.5
955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St), Chicago, IL
Speakeasy · Fulton Market · 18 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Cognac. Unfamiliar ingredients (tonka bean, quassia, smoked black pepper) delicately complement the queen of cordials.

Sable Kitchen & Bar is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

16. Sable Kitchen & Bar

8.8
505 N State St (at W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Near North Side · 187 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Transfinite Induction. A complicated blend of rum, apricot brandy, allspice dram, and bitters; pairs well with heady conversation.

The Drawing Room is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

17. The Drawing Room

937 N Rush St (at E Walton Pl), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Streeterville · 80 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Eve's Answer. Reposado tequila, mezcal mist, raisin syrup, cider, and cinnamon. It makes margaritas jealous.

Maude's Liquor Bar is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

18. Maude's Liquor Bar

9.5
840 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL
French Restaurant · Fulton Market · 97 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: St.-Germaine Fizz. Death’s Door vodka, Aperol, and everyone’s favorite elderflower liqueur combine for a divine blend of bittersweet.

The Violet Hour is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

19. The Violet Hour

9.3
1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave.), Chicago, IL
Speakeasy · Wicker Park · 222 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Hush & Wonder. The classic daiquiri, all dressed up and perfumed with violet liqueur.

Weegee's Lounge is one of 20 Best Cocktails in Chicago.

20. Weegee's Lounge

8.9
3659 W Armitage Ave (btwn N Monticello Ave & N Lawndale Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 25 tips and reviews

Chicago magazineChicago magazine: Must-try cocktail: Wood-Burning Stove. As cozy as it sounds: New Holland amber rum, Koval ginger liqueur, and almond syrup, sprinkled with nutmeg.