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The Aviary

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Fulton Market, Chicago
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  • Amanda R.
    "Amazing experience tasting cocktails designed by Grant Achatz."(4 Tips)
    Ben K.
    "Worth it to spring for the 3 course cocktail tasting menu."(3 Tips)
    ali h.
    "The "in the rocks" rendition of the old fashioned is legit."(5 Tips)
    Jennifer L.
    "Order the prix fixe and try The Hallows and the Rum Manhattan."(5 Tips)
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  • Sinaida K.
    Secret tip-there are birds on the side of the menu. The further it flies, the more creativity is there in the cocktail. Personal favorite: the one with the ship in a bottle and candle.
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • Eater
    EaterMay 28, 2014
    Leslie Pariseau calls the drinks here "really beautiful, mindfuck cocktails." Not surprising considering Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas are behind the place, alongside beverage director Charles Joly. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 11, 2013
    Charles Joly leads the beverage program and has been turning over the cocktail list. Sit on the patio on a nice night or try your luck and see if you can get into the exclusive Office underneath.
  • Luiz E.
    Luiz EduardoSeptember 8, 2014
    Their special selection of Evil Twin barrel aged brews is a great surprise. Yes, it's a great cocktail bar, but you won't find a Laphroaig barrel aged beer anywhere. beer blah? Get a Van Winkle then.
    Upvoted Aug 18
  • Cristina D.
    Cristina DordasNovember 2, 2015
    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
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJanuary 20
    Inventive drinks, seductive atmosphere. Perfect place for dates or group get togethers, don't recommend for single explorers. In the Rocks is a classy riot, use a sling shot to break the ice, bourbon.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LouieJuly 4, 2015
    Order the prix fixe and try The Hallows and the Rum Manhattan. For snacks try the fish and chips and salt + vinegar pork rinds.
  • ブルーノ
    Got a last minute reservation for the 3 course cocktail menu and I'm so glad I had the chance to try this place. Drinks are obviously superlative, everything is a feast for the eyes and the taste.
  • CNN
    CNNAugust 6, 2014
    The attention to presentation verges on the ridiculous. Ask for the Blueberry, and it comes out in a custom-designed clear cylinder that’s expertly packed with fruit, herbs and edible flowers. Read more
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)September 6, 2016
    Grant Achatz's incentive cocktail bar. Try the Loaded to the Gunwalls, New Melonnium, In the Rocks, 3 in 441. Worth it to spring for the 3 course cocktail tasting menu.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 14, 2015
    Cocktail lounge -- no bar, just couches. Curious and fascinating drinks -- like an old-fashioned in a globe of ice, which you break with a slingshot so that it all falls into your glass.
  • David Z.
    David ZhangSeptember 12, 2016
    Worth visiting at least once and it seemed pretty accessible for walk ins around 5p on Fridays. Treat yourself and get the black truffle explosion from sister restaurant Alinea.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 19
    If you’re going for the speakeasy, Gatsby vibes, head downstairs to the Office, where your squad can recline on worn leather sofas, sip singular cocktails and nosh on oysters. How moody. Read more
  • ben m.
    ben mApril 24
    Sure it's got a lot of pretense, but go with it! It's a ton of fun and the drinks are delicious and the presentation is amazing.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HFebruary 1, 2013
    A must. A molecular-libation experience that is definitely unique. Awesome drink ideas, not just ordering expensive cocktails its an experience. 'In the rocks' is just one of many I can recommend.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 20, 2011
    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
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 6, 2013
    This bar is built on theatrics: including a Rob Roy served in a vacuum-sealed bag of lavender air, an ice slingshot for the In the Rocks and more: http://tmoutchi.us/13EV7jr Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 14, 2012
    Some cocktails have amazing presentation, like the Rooibos, and some, like the Blueberry are remarkable in every way. But no matter what you order, you'll never think of a cocktail the same way again. Read more
  • Amy P.
    Amy PriestleyJanuary 30, 2013
    Some people consider themselves "foodies" but at The Aviary you are a 'drink-ie'. In the drink kitchen, they create unique cocktails including pre fixe menus. Alcoholic amuse bouche? Yes, please!
  • Stefanie
    StefanieNovember 29, 2014
    Definitely worth a visit. Cocktails are pricey but experiential so try one! Check out the speakeasy-like downstairs bar, too.
  • Rochelle S.
    Rochelle SingsonSeptember 5, 2012
    Had a great time...I had my birthday party here and its a nice place to have an event ...service is great and drinks are fun... this place is just for drinking and socializing...not eating
  • Euclid W.
    Euclid WalkerJuly 23, 2011
    Go to the Office & for your second drink, try telling the bartender what you enjoy (e.g scotch with an exotic spicy twist) & let them make you a custom cocktail. Jason made us some amazing drinks!
  • Sam H.
    Sam HughesSeptember 15, 2013
    Just do the cocktail degustation. Trust me, you need to try everything. At the very least, get the school lunch - snickers foie gras and rum chocolate milk is the truth.
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MarheeMay 30, 2014
    Loved the cocktails here. Each one is exciting and the presentation is fantastic. Definitely ask for your servers advise.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroSeptember 6, 2015
    recommend: Manhattan in a bag. levels. green chili in a bottle. foodwise: octopus croquettes, mushroom fries, chicharron. everything was excellent but these especially stood out
  • Mitchell W.
    Mitchell WapnerMarch 31, 2012
    If you are one of the lucky ones and can actually get in, you are one lucky person! This place is unlike anything I've ever experienced. I tried drinks that could only be dreamt up in fairy tails!
  • Emily L.
    Emily LSeptember 13, 2015
    the prix fixe is great since you try a bunch of different drinks -- and you can't really go wrong with anything here!
  • Paula F.
    Paula FreireJuly 27, 2015
    Amazing Cocktails! The Hollow was my favorite. Try the Pork.Salt.Vinegar snack. It's huge and very good!
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayMay 30, 2016
    Try a porthole while you're here. pb&j dessert was amazing! I won't be able to have a regular sandwich again.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissFebruary 27, 2015
    The most imaginative, and expensive, cocktails you will ever drink. Boozy as hell, too. Every drink served with flare, like a sealed bag filled with truffled smoke. Seriously.
  • Mouni R.
    Mouni ReddyNovember 15, 2015
    The Aviary is a fantastic place. Very pricey but definitely worth it. The Netflix cocktail was amazing. They greeted us all with a shot!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    Those who want the total Aviary experience should reserve the chef's kitchen table for a 10-course cocktail tasting menu paired with inventive bites. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 14, 2011
    Concoctions are served in glass containers that vary in shape to stimulate the palate in different ways, while filtered and flavor-infused ice cubes transform the taste of cocktails as they melt. Read more
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Amazing creative cocktails and great ambiance! Grab yourself an expensive foie gras snicker bar.
  • PUNCH
    PUNCHSeptember 25, 2015
    Aviary exhibits dedication to innovation & theater, delivering cocktails in unexpected forms and flavors. This may not be your average bar, and that’s exactly the point. Read more
  • Thompson Hotels
    Thompson HotelsMay 24, 2011
    Our concierge Samantha at The Sax Chicago says that she was stunned with the Old Fashioned in the Rocks. The presentation of the drink in an ice egg was amazing.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WeinbergerApril 19, 2014
    Incredible cocktail lounge with great drinks and extremely friendly staff. Marco at the door made the wait worthwhile. Highly recommend.
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda Rella2 weeks ago
    Amazing experience tasting cocktails designed by Grant Achatz. Try the Jungle Bird - it's like bubble tea and the bubbles are filled with rum!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the In the Rocks from our 100 Best list: It's our favorite drink at this high-concept lounge, for how it seamlessly integrates tactile pleasure (“cracking” the rock) into a beautifully made drink.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherJuly 13, 2014
    Come with a group/few friends, and make sure you try this one - a rubberband is involved!
  • Lacey P.
    Lacey PritchettAugust 27, 2013
    Order something to eat. The drinks are amazing and the main attraction but the detail, flavor, and presentation of the food HAS to be experienced.
  • Tunisia C.
    Tunisia CarterJuly 13
    Been here 5+ times
    The five course option is great. The Aviary picks your drinks and food pairing. The drink are always great and the food is tasty.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonSeptember 12, 2015
    The cocktails are good, but it's more about the show than the drinks
  • Jahan K.
    Jahan KashaniJanuary 30, 2012
    Go after the rush and you're able to get a seat even on a Saturday night. Drinks are worth it. Ask to be put on the list for the Office too!
  • Esther S.
    Esther ShamieSeptember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Must visit if you're in Chicago! Flavor changing drinks, cocktails lot on fire, and the best "snickers" bar you'll ever have
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 17, 2014
    It's expensive, but no cocktail lounge in town comes close to matching the creativity on display here.
  • Alison L.
    Alison Lawler-DeanAugust 1, 2011
    Drinks served up like a show. From a steeped tea cocktail made in front of you to some of the best one bite treats I've ever had this bar absolutely rocks.
  • Srey W.
    Srey WaghrayAugust 16, 2014
    Great drinks! Presentation even better. I got the pre fixed menu and it was well worth it.
  • Odo
    OdoAugust 31, 2013
    The place is amazing, a must if you're in Chicago. Innovative cocktails, nice nibbles, great fun. Full review... Read more
  • Colleen
    ColleenFebruary 19, 2014
    Do what you can to work your way downstairs to the 'invite only', The Office... The bartender is an artist at work. What a wonderful night we had! LOVED IT!
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