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Watershed

Cocktail Bar and Lounge$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • Charissa L.
    If you're a Manhattan fan, try the Proximity Effect. It's not a Manhattan variation exactly, but it's a smokey, savory whiskey drink that's sure to please.
  • Emily S.
    Great speakeasy in the basement of Pops for Champagne - if you like avocado and gin-based drinks, get the You're the Worst! Cheese curds are delish too.
  • Varsha S.
    Varsha SheteDecember 17, 2015
    Great cocktails, nice ambience
  • Ozge
    OzgeNovember 24, 2015
    The coctails are so good🍷🍸😎
  • Jono F.
    Jono FerrerOctober 7, 2015
    Cocktails, Midwestern beers and great bar food
  • Ayse Ruya A.
    Ayse Ruya AltayJuly 23, 2015
    Sit at the bar and just chill ❤️
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly ChoJune 29, 2015
    Great cocktails
  • inspector c.
    inspector clouseauMay 19, 2015
    Коктейли хороши. Но интерьер никакой. Поговорить с барменом (это ж спикизи) не удастся скорее всего тоже. Переоцененное место.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KMay 3, 2015
    Downstairs bar great for a small group to hang out. Whiskey drinks on point.
  • Joey N.
    Joey NowakJanuary 27, 2015
    The best Malort cocktail in the city.
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonDecember 30, 2014
    Duck jerky is phenomenal...moreover a huge selection of Midwestern liquors to sample
  • Chris V.
    Chris VanisonNovember 16, 2014
    My favorite spot for drinks in Chicago. Great regional beer menu that is surprisingly cheap. Have gotten great suggestions from servers and folks behind the bar.
  • Niket D.
    Niket DesaiSeptember 20, 2014
    Chorizo meatballs. Do it.
  • Niket D.
    Niket DesaiSeptember 20, 2014
    Favourite Drink: Abduction Gone Awrye.
  • Alice
    AliceSeptember 16, 2014
    Great Midwest beers, even greater cocktails. Bartenders always knowledgeable and friendly. Dark and cozy. Food 'til late.
  • James T. G.
    James T. GreenAugust 28, 2014
    Remember, it's actually downstairs! Solid beer list from all Midwest area breweries.
  • Raed M.
    Raed MansourAugust 26, 2014
    Hidden in the basement of Pops, nice and small! Nothing better than catching up with friends over a drink and sharing fried Wisconsin cheese curds and frites.
  • Adam T.
    Adam TAugust 26, 2014
    A cozy, warm subterranean lounge (enter through "Pop") with a thoughtful and fun house cocktail list and staff who really want you to enjoy it. Sit in an armchair at the low bar.
  • Emily J.
    Emily JurlinaAugust 21, 2014
    Hidden gem underneath POPS For Champagne.
  • Linda B.
    Linda BaumannAugust 12, 2014
    Great handcrafted cocktails and a wonderful intimate atmosphere.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunAugust 11, 2014
    Most of the times you have to wait to be seated. Quality food and drink menu, I especially like the fried chicken thighs and crispy shrimp.
  • Jeff
    JeffAugust 8, 2014
    Super chill cocktail lounge beneath the super basic Pops! for Champagne. Look for the big W in the back and make your way downstairs and order the Chicago Fizz.
  • Jillian O.
    Jillian O.August 6, 2014
    Some of my favorite gin cocktails are right here. My favorite place in River North by far.
  • Pocket S.
    Pocket SunApril 11, 2014
    Casual chic. Love doing people watching here. Live music, cute instruments! Good beers apparently, great small food plates to share.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 31, 2014
    If you're looking for the best place to drink your way through a portfolio of locally-made booze, River North's Watershed is the place to visit.
  • Jonathon D.
    Jonathon DozierMarch 30, 2014
    Good micro beer and champagne selection
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkDecember 27, 2013
    The House Manhattans are absolutely first-rate.
  • amanda
    amandaDecember 12, 2013
    the bebbo is perfect.
  • Steven T.
    Steven TurnerAugust 30, 2013
    Feels like grandmas basement and I loved it. Amazing cocktails and regionally sourced liquors & beers. Tip, get some goat cheeses :-)
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
    Italian Greyhound please! The Watershed Poutine was good too.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithAugust 12, 2013
    The fries and poutine are both amazing; snack on either while sipping your delicious drink, which should be gin or whiskey based. Don't miss the 3D map of the Great Lakes!
  • Nick C.
    Nick CannariatoMay 17, 2013
    What to Order || Natty Gann: FEW gin, lemon cordial, Leopold Alpine liqueur, bitters
  • Darrick C.
    Darrick ChanFebruary 21, 2013
    This might be my new favorite spot in Chicago. Their (5 spice) hot buttered rum is kind of amazing...
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathFebruary 1, 2013
    Order the "Natty Gann"
  • Abby M.
    Abby MeixnerDecember 23, 2012
    My kind of bar, their mixologists take pride and i love everything about the decor and laid back attitude.
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimballDecember 21, 2012
    Great, dark, lounge atmosphere. Get the bourbon stout!
  • Bribble L.
    Bribble LegitNovember 13, 2012
    Home of the sexiest redhead to leave Montana.
  • Vincent J.
    Vincent JamesOctober 20, 2012
    Nice atmosphere. Takes about 10-15 mins for a drink, probs bc there's 1 bartender for 60 ppl. Drinks are good, however not the best IPA selection. Cheers!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MahoneyOctober 17, 2012
    The comfortable tables at the bar are the best seats in the house, and give The Watershed a relaxed yet decidedly upscale feel. A must visit stop whenever I'm in Chicago.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RomanJuly 28, 2012
    Great prices. Amazing drinks. Friendly service. Do NOT leave this basement location off your bar rotation.
  • Corynne F.
    Corynne FishJuly 6, 2012
    My new favorite spot but doesnt open till 5pm. Comfiest bar stools in town. Perfect for happy hour or a nice date.
  • Oddie G.
    Oddie GopalanApril 30, 2012
    Great downtown place to have a conversation or for a quiet low key night.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 30, 2012
    The cozy bar beneath Pops for Champagne, where the deftly made cocktails showcase local spirits. Read more
  • Jaye J.
    Jaye JalsoMarch 3, 2012
    Very cool.
  • Rochelle I.
    Rochelle IFebruary 13, 2012
    First bar I visited in Chicago. Love it!! Great server & amazing drinks. Got a complimentary birthday shot. Intimate and somewhat speakeasy like. Two dudes play a mean banjo on Thursday night!
  • Johnny A.
    Johnny ArmstrongJanuary 14, 2012
    Johnnyhattan's
  • James B.
    James BezyOctober 27, 2011
    Try the cheese curds!!
  • Nathaniel J.
    Nathaniel JiangOctober 23, 2011
    Don't let Pops fool you. Whole different environment in the basement.
  • bartend4fun
    bartend4funOctober 18, 2011
    Nice cozy craft cocktail atmosphere. Awesome Bartenders and staff
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 9, 2011
    Jaegger is for Freshmen. Try a chilled shot of locally-made 70 Proof hum, The World's Most Unique Rum.
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