The Violet Hour is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

1. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave), Chicago, IL
Speakeasy · Wicker Park · 234 tips and reviews

MissBruce L.MissBruce Lee: An original selection of cocktails, and an impressive whiskey selection! Hidden location and quiet design, bringing a date at Violet Hour is a winner.

Rob J.Rob Juckett: Amazing cocktails all around. Get "the end of the earth" if you like Madeira and pineapple it is fantastic. Good atmosphere and even if there is a wait, the line moves fast

Sharon T.Sharon Tsao: I love the variety of cocktails there are! Largest menu I've seen in awhile. I liked the gin based drinks :)

The Aviary is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

2. The Aviary

955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Fulton Market · 154 tips and reviews

The Daily MealThe Daily Meal: Aviary has the best and most creative cocktails (and bar snacks) in America. Everything's don't-miss, so do a cocktail tasting menu, then order everything not included. Read more.

Matt W.Matt Weinberger: Incredible cocktail lounge with great drinks and extremely friendly staff. Marco at the door made the wait worthwhile. Highly recommend.

Cristina D.Cristina Dordas: Amazing cocktail experience and very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Better book a table to enjoy the whole experience. Other than that you will be at the entrance,which is not so cool as the lounge

Scofflaw is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

3. Scofflaw

3201 W Armitage Ave (at Kedzie Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 138 tips and reviews

Samantha K.Samantha Kuhn: Cute, vintage atmosphere with helpful and unpretentious servers, what more could you want at a Mixology bar? Enjoy a Diplomat's Daughter and get there at midnight for free chocolate chip cookies.

Kate F.Kate Fifield: KICK ASS BAR. Candlelight makes for a very sexy atmosphere. Excellent, elevated food to match craft cocktails makes for a killer combination.

Caitlin W.Caitlin White: One of the best bars I've been to. One side has a cozy living room feel where you can TALK to people. Great house made cocktails and my boyfriend like their old fashioned. Free cookies at 12!

The Barrelhouse Flat is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

4. The Barrelhouse Flat

2624 N Lincoln Ave (at W Wrightwood Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Lincoln Park · 89 tips and reviews

Corbin B.Corbin Blankenstein: Can't go wrong with the creole cocktail, deviled eggs, and chicken and waffles

AshleyAshley: A tad pricey. But worth the chill atmosphere and nice drink menu. Come early before a line starts, and try the mint julep.

SJ8544123 L.SJ8544123 L: Upstairs! (Speakeasy vibe) I love truffle fries. Staff is very polite, great place to drink :D

Billy Sunday is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

5. Billy Sunday

3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 68 tips and reviews

Cristina B.Cristina Barroso: Great place! Service is great! The cocktails are delicious! Hoar's Frost is perfect refreshment for a hot summer day. They also have a lot of old whisky's if you like that.

Shannon H.Shannon Hallowell: Great craft cocktails! Love the bartenders and the atmosphere. Very dark/ romantic/ classic. They have customs tonics on draft that are amazing. Great old fashioneds and Manhattans.

Shannon H.Shannon Hallowell: This is my favorite cocktail bar in the city. Draft tonics are delicious, staff is super knowledgeable and fun. Atmosphere is great.

The Whistler is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

6. The Whistler

2421 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Fullerton Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 105 tips and reviews

MehulMehul: Take note of the rotating art installation before enjoying the best cocktails in Chicago. If you're lucky enough, order the simple pleasures that come from the Rosemary Collins.

Ash F.Ash Fontana: Best value cocktails in the land.

Sheriff S.Sheriff Scabs: The best Old Fashioned I've ever had. A whiskey lover's dream come true.

The Matchbox is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

7. The Matchbox

770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · River West · 67 tips and reviews

Joanna E.Joanna Ericson: Vodka gimlets are the best in the city!!

JamieJamie: Literally the size of a matchbox w/ THE best drinks! Try the pineapple gimlet (made with egg whites and powdered sugar) or any drinks made w/ their own ginger-infused vodka!

Olivia L.Olivia Leigh: Best gin gimlets on earth; amazing margs

The Berkshire Room is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

8. The Berkshire Room

15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
Bar · Near North Side · 62 tips and reviews

Alex F.Alex Flis: Love how you pick the presentation, and flavors and the mixologists craft you a unique cocktail. Love the concept, I ordered the same options twice and got a different drink each time... So cool

Jared H.Jared Healy: The craft cocktails are excellent!

KateKate: For the spice lovers out there, Miss Clavel is effing fantastic. Everything I want in a valences amazing cocktail. Double yum.

Gilt Bar is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

9. Gilt Bar

230 W Kinzie St (at N. Franklin St.), Chicago, IL
Bar · River North · 167 tips and reviews

Marco H.Marco Howell: Get the Brussel spouts, tartars, pot roast!!! If secure with your manhood, get the bee sting cocktail, gruner veltliner wine and Grenache.

ChelseaChelsea: The steak tartare is to die for! Pork meatballs and pork belly are also delicious. House red wine for $4 can't be beat. Also try the Bee's Knees - awesome cocktail!

Allison K.Allison Kaminski: Cocktails are great! Try the bone marrow, corn bread and pasta!

Club Lucky is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

10. Club Lucky

1824 W Wabansia Ave (at N Honore St), Bucktown/Wicker Park, IL
Italian Restaurant · Bucktown · 54 tips and reviews

Ben P.Ben Pavlovic: Great dirty martinis and love the fried buffalo Motz app!

Diego R.Diego Rufo: What I really love about it is the vintage art deco bar and fantastic cocktails they serve. Read more.

LimelightLimelight: Club Lucky is an iconic restaurant serving traditional Italian fare and delicious "killer" martinis. Don't forget to check out their extensive cocktail book for some well-crafted drinks.

Broken Shaker is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

11. Broken Shaker

19 E Ohio St (State), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Near North Side · 42 tips and reviews

Gabo B.Gabo Barrios: You'll spend great time playing big jenga & drinking cocktails

Tana B.Tana Babcock: The Naanchos are sooo gooood! I had a sour beer but tried a few cocktails - great stuff!

ブルーノブルーノ: Great cocktails and a funny atmosphere in this bar @ the Acme hotel. Also, get the tacos at the bar cause they're so good!

Cindy's is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

12. Cindy's

12 S Michigan Ave (btwn E Madison & E Monroe St), Chicago, IL
Gastropub · The Loop · 91 tips and reviews

Merly p.Merly payne: Stools can tip - 3 folks fell in 30 min - b careful! Michelada clams delicious, lots of bread 4 broth. Bar busy, cocktails delicious. Great view, friendly staff. Meals 4 sharing, so $$$ shock, but ok

Keith W.Keith Wood: Very lively place for afterwork, which causes a bit of a back up for ordering at the bar. Great view from the patio with creative cocktails & pleasant staff. Recommend the Aegean sea cocktail!

Manuel D.Manuel Deroulers: Great cocktails, phenomenal view on millenium park

Sportsman's Club is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

13. Sportsman's Club

948 Western Ave (at W Augusta Blvd), Chicago, IL
Dive Bar · Humboldt Park · 32 tips and reviews

Emery M.Emery Mathieson: Sportsman cocktail is great! I detect an essence of fernet!

Léo L.Léo Le Brun: Great classic cocktails. A Manhattan or Old Fashioned will only set you back $8.

Sandy H.Sandy H: Seriously great nondescript from the street that you'd almost miss it. Built-in table top checkers & great cocktails. The whiskey mule is tasty.

MONEYGUN is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.


660 W Lake (Union Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Fulton River District · 26 tips and reviews

A N.A N: Great atmosphere and the cocktails are on point. Limited seating

Blake J. G.Blake J. Graham: Excellent cocktails. And they now have a beer + shot deal for $6

Brandon D.Brandon Dudley: Cocktails and classic r&b

Mercadito is one of The 15 Best Places for Cocktails in Chicago.

15. Mercadito

108 W Kinzie St (btwn Clark St & LaSalle Blvd), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · River North · 233 tips and reviews

Chris B.Chris Broyles: Tacos and amazing mixolog worthy cocktails including The Little Market with pico piquin Read more.

MelissaMelissa: Always trust the special. Original and best cocktails. Ceviche is amazing. Guac is also! But the die for!! Perfect collaboration of heat and flavor!

Mark W.Mark Wong: Unique cocktails, amazing decor and phenomenal tacos. One of the best Mexican restaurants I've been to. Try the 'Pastor' tacos - chile ancho rubbed pork, salsa and grilled pineapple.