The Matchbox

Bar · River West
770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, United States
Closed until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri, Sun
    • 4:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 4:00 PM–3:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Joanna E.
    "Vodka gimlets are the best in the city!!"(19 Tips)
    Cris F.
    "Must haves: Margarita, Sidecar and Brandy Manhattan."(3 Tips)
    MJ B.
    "The infused vodkas are delicious."(2 Tips)
    ben m.
    "The music is always good and the beer list is always strong."(4 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • martinis
  • good for a late night
  • good for singles
  • smoked meats
  • good for dates
  • lively
  • vodka
  • bourbon
  • good service
  • outdoor seating
  • great value
  • authentic
  • sandwiches
  • tequila
  • wine
  • scotch
  • beer
  • casual
  • cozy
  • Noah M.

    Seriously, #margz

    Noah Manion · October 3
  • Joseph B.

    Even on a weekday afternoon, there's no room to sit or stand. Consider that before you trek out here.

    Joseph Blewitt · September 18
  • ben m.

    Pretty much can't go wrong with any of the cocktails. The music is always good and the beer list is always strong.

    ben m · July 14
  • Redeye Chicago

    This spot is Chicago's smallest social Petri dish at an impossible 460 square feet. After even one of the potent, oversized cocktails served here, nearly everything feels electric. Read more

    Redeye Chicago · January 16
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out The Matchbox as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 29, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Rick Gresh, chef of David Burke’s Primehouse, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Vodka gimlet. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • Kellen T.

    I've meet some amazing people at the matchbox. It's my favorite bar to end up at on New Year's Eve.

    Kellen Terrett · August 10, 2014
  • Chicagoist

    One of the best date bars in Chicago: it's completely unpretentious, yet also manages to remain under the radar enough that it's a perfect card to keep in your back pocket. Read more

    Chicagoist · August 1, 2014
  • Joey N.

    They don't cheat you on drinks. Get a martini

    Joey Nowak · July 26, 2014
  • Djuana S.

    The smoked meat sandwich is still delicious!

    Djuana Stoakley · April 23, 2014
  • Ramsey M.

    Tiny dive, but it's awesome. Ask about the "Wizards Blood Drink" and make sure to get the magic wand with it :)

    Ramsey Mohsen · January 21, 2014
  • Sheila B.

    It's called matchbox for a reason. Have a gimlet! 🍸

    Sheila Bonds · January 17, 2014
  • Taylor K.

    Margaritas and gimlets all the way! Tiny place, but quite a treat.

    Taylor Konigseder · October 6, 2013
  • Paul F.

    Get a gimlet and try not to use the bathroom if you can help it

    Paul Friemel · June 16, 2013
  • Nick C.

    What to Order || Margarita with egg white and lemon-lime juice

    Nick Cannariato · May 17, 2013
  • Jamie M.

    Ask for the French 75, it's divine.

    Jamie Mack · May 9, 2013
  • Chase T.

    It's not on the menu, but it's the best kept secret in Chicago. Order a French 75, they'll know what you're talking about.

    Chase Turner · May 9, 2013
  • Jake S.

    The Kentucky Tiki is the play here. It tastes like the beaches of Hawaii and the backwoods of Kentucky at the same time.

    Jake Smith · April 5, 2013
  • Paul M.

    The margarita - thats all there is

    Paul Morgan · March 31, 2013
  • Time Out Chicago

    Every drink tastes like a classic cocktail should, replete with a healthy dose of booze. The margaritas and gimlets are still the draw: smooth, delicious and sweet: Read more

    Time Out Chicago · March 6, 2013
  • Erin

    Best Gimlet I've ever had, the powdered sugar on the rim made it even better. Gotta come back soon.

    Erin · March 4, 2013
  • Shannon H.

    Try the Margarita!

    Shannon Heath · February 1, 2013
  • Tiffany S.

    Best place - hands down - for a cocktail.

    Tiffany Steffens · December 23, 2012
  • Miroslav L.

    Best manhattan in town.

    Miroslav Lysyuk · August 7, 2012
  • Scott K.

    Sit inside and you'll get a much better Matchbox experience.

    Scott Kahle · July 10, 2012
  • ❤Diva4life🎵

    The cosmos r off da chain.....

    ❤Diva4life🎵 · June 23, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    Gin gimlets, extra sugar, please.

    Time Out Chicago · June 4, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    Gin gimlets, extra sugar, please. -FS Read more

    Time Out Chicago · May 29, 2012
  • Olivia L.

    Best gin gimlets on earth; amazing margs

    Olivia Leigh · May 13, 2012
  • Amanda C.

    They make a great margarita! They also have a good cigar selection!

    Amanda Cooper · May 10, 2012
  • AskMen

    Those looking for a no-nonsense cocktail joint probably won't find a bar with fewer frills than The Matchbox. Read more

    AskMen · April 11, 2012
  • Olivia L.

    Only gin gimlet in the city worth drinking

    Olivia Leigh · April 4, 2012
  • Kathy

    Great classic drinks. Try the gimlets.

    Kathy · March 18, 2012
  • Katie B.

    Best brandy manhattans

    Katie B · March 7, 2012
  •  Deon P.

    Pineapple gimlet FTW

     Deon Parcon · March 4, 2012
  • Erin W.

    Vodka gimlet is the way to go.

    Erin Wynn · January 14, 2012
  • G R.

    Pineapple gimlet. Just do it.

    G Rob · December 17, 2011
  • Leyla A.

    The original "cocktail bar" in Chicago. If you're not cool to the staff, they'll mock you publicly - so be nice.

    Leyla Arsan · November 27, 2011
  • Michael M.

    WTF. Don't get a Manhattan like everyone says. If the bartender is the well bearded guy, you are better off with beer. Is this a Manhattan?

    Michael Moses · November 20, 2011
  • Jamie

    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!

    Jamie · November 4, 2011
  • Adam S.

    To prevent a hangover, Have an antioxidant-packed 70 Proof hum on the rocks & chug a pint of water at the end of your evening of outstanding cocktails here

    Adam Seger · October 9, 2011
  • S D Pete G.

    Amazing is all I can say

    S D Pete Glass · September 4, 2011
  • Adam S.

    Localize your Manhattan (which they do amazingly here) with locally made hum in place of the sweet Vermouth

    Adam Seger · August 20, 2011
  • Jen R.

    The world's narrowest bar. (Not really, but feels like it.) Order something with sugar on the rim. You won't regret it.

    Jen Robinson · August 17, 2011
  • Karen C.

    pineapple gimlet! Read more

    Karen Clayton · July 5, 2011
  • Sima D.

    Named for its tiny size, this place is huge on personality! Read more

    Sima Dahl · May 31, 2011
  • Manbque

    Order an old school gentleman's drink. They make cocktails right.

    Manbque · April 30, 2011
  • Diego R.

    Everything is hand-made, from the fruit infused vodkas to the brandy soaked cherries they put in manhattans. You must try either an old fashioned, a side car or a margarita. Read more

    Diego Rufo · March 29, 2011
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. We'd recommend getting a lemon drop, but you can't go wrong with whatever the bartender's in the mood for. Read more

    Esquire · February 1, 2011
  • Sailing Spoken Here

    Have the best margarita and brandy manhattan around. Sample an extensive array of rums, beers, bourbons, tequilas, scotches & wines.

    Sailing Spoken Here · December 14, 2010

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