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The Aviary

Cocktail Bar$$$$
Fulton Market, Chicago
148 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • good for dates
  • fancy
  • trendy
  • prix fixe menu
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted 1 hour ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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: 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!
  • 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
  • Stefanie
    StefanieNovember 29, 2014
    Definitely worth a visit. Cocktails are pricey but experiential so try one! Check out the speakeasy-like downstairs bar, too.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonSeptember 12, 2015
    The cocktails are good, but it's more about the show than the drinks
    Upvoted Jan 25
  • Christopher
    ChristopherJuly 13, 2014
    Come with a group/few friends, and make sure you try this one - a rubberband is involved!
  • 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.
  • Srey W.
    Srey WaghrayAugust 16, 2014
    Great drinks! Presentation even better. I got the pre fixed menu and it was well worth it.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 27, 2016
    Book a Rez. Had a la carte. Carefully crafted cocktails with emphasis on presentation. I've had better tasting cocktails elsewhere but can appreciate experience here. Ain't cheap. 🍸🍹
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 17, 2012
    Craig Schoettler concocts 32 types of ice and incorporates white-hot ingredients ranging from finger limes to Batavia Arrack, earning readers' pick for Best New Bar. Read more
  • 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.
  • Ivanka B.
    Ivanka BryanJanuary 3, 2014
    The lobster dish currently offered in a bag - concept mimicking a 'Frito pie'
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer ContraveosMay 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Ginger, the Blueberry or the Rooibos! Creative, inventive, balanced and beautiful cocktails! Chicago has something truly dynamic. :)
  • Eric M.
    Eric MerschOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick one, they're all delicious. The Chartreuse cocktail is delicious but the presentation for the Oolong is jaw droopingly cool.
  • D. E. M.
    D. E. MerrittSeptember 13, 2015
    Wow! The cocktail menu is meticulously crafted. The service was outstanding and the presentation was brilliant.
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