Cocktail Bar and Lounge · Near North Side
601 N State St (at E Ohio St), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • What you need to know
    Jess S.
    "Beer, wine & cocktails are Midwestern born & bred!"(3 Tips)
    Corynne F.
    "My new favorite spot but doesnt open till 5pm."(2 Tips)
    Shannon H.
    "Order the "Natty Gann""(2 Tips)
    Dave C.
    "cozy lounge below Pops for Champagne in River North."(7 Tips)
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  • Ozge O.

    The coctails are so good🍷🍸😎

    Ozge Ogutcu · 1 day ago
  • Jono F.

    Cocktails, Midwestern beers and great bar food

    Jono Ferrer · October 7
  • Ayse Ruya A.

    Sit at the bar and just chill ❤️

    Ayse Ruya Altay · July 23
  • Kimberly C.

    Great cocktails

    Kimberly Cho · June 29
  • Amol K.

    Downstairs bar great for a small group to hang out. Whiskey drinks on point.

    Amol K · May 3
  • Joey N.

    The best Malort cocktail in the city.

    Joey Nowak · January 27
  • Amy R.

    Duck jerky is phenomenal...moreover a huge selection of Midwestern liquors to sample

    Amy Robertson · December 30, 2014
  • Chris V.

    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.

    Chris Vanison · November 16, 2014
  • Niket D.

    Chorizo meatballs. Do it.

    Niket Desai · September 20, 2014
  • Niket D.

    Favourite Drink: Abduction Gone Awrye.

    Niket Desai · September 20, 2014
  • Alice

    Great Midwest beers, even greater cocktails. Bartenders always knowledgeable and friendly. Dark and cozy. Food 'til late.

    Alice · September 16, 2014
  • James T. G.

    Remember, it's actually downstairs! Solid beer list from all Midwest area breweries.

    James T. Green · August 28, 2014
  • Raed M.

    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.

    Raed Mansour · August 26, 2014
  • Adam T.

    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.

    Adam T · August 26, 2014
  • Emily J.

    Hidden gem underneath POPS For Champagne.

    Emily Jurlina · August 21, 2014
  • Linda B.

    Great handcrafted cocktails and a wonderful intimate atmosphere.

    Linda Baumann · August 12, 2014
  • Pocket S.

    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.

    Pocket Sun · August 11, 2014
  • Jeff

    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.

    Jeff · August 8, 2014
  • Jillian O.

    Some of my favorite gin cocktails are right here. My favorite place in River North by far.

    Jillian O. · August 6, 2014
  • Pocket S.

    Casual chic. Love doing people watching here. Live music, cute instruments! Good beers apparently, great small food plates to share.

    Pocket Sun · April 11, 2014
  • Serious Eats

    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.

    Serious Eats · March 31, 2014
  • Jonathon D.

    Good micro beer and champagne selection

    Jonathon Dozier · March 30, 2014
  • Ardvaark

    The House Manhattans are absolutely first-rate.

    Ardvaark · December 27, 2013
  • amanda

    the bebbo is perfect.

    amanda · December 12, 2013
  • Steven T.

    Feels like grandmas basement and I loved it. Amazing cocktails and regionally sourced liquors & beers. Tip, get some goat cheeses :-)

    Steven Turner · August 30, 2013
  • Jennie

    Italian Greyhound please! The Watershed Poutine was good too.

    Jennie · August 28, 2013
  • Jake S.

    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!

    Jake Smith · August 12, 2013
  • Nick C.

    What to Order || Natty Gann: FEW gin, lemon cordial, Leopold Alpine liqueur, bitters

    Nick Cannariato · May 17, 2013
  • Darrick C.

    This might be my new favorite spot in Chicago. Their (5 spice) hot buttered rum is kind of amazing...

    Darrick Chan · February 21, 2013
  • Shannon H.

    Order the "Natty Gann"

    Shannon Heath · February 1, 2013
  • Abby M.

    My kind of bar, their mixologists take pride and i love everything about the decor and laid back attitude.

    Abby Meixner · December 23, 2012
  • Dan K.

    Great, dark, lounge atmosphere. Get the bourbon stout!

    Dan Kimball · December 21, 2012
  • Bribble L.

    Home of the sexiest redhead to leave Montana.

    Bribble Legit · November 13, 2012
  • Vincent J.

    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!

    Vincent James · October 20, 2012
  • Michael M.

    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.

    Michael Mahoney · October 17, 2012
  • Andrew R.

    Great prices. Amazing drinks. Friendly service. Do NOT leave this basement location off your bar rotation.

    Andrew Roman · July 28, 2012
  • Corynne F.

    My new favorite spot but doesnt open till 5pm. Comfiest bar stools in town. Perfect for happy hour or a nice date.

    Corynne Fish · July 6, 2012
  • Oddie G.

    Great downtown place to have a conversation or for a quiet low key night.

    Oddie Gopalan · April 30, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago

    The cozy bar beneath Pops for Champagne, where the deftly made cocktails showcase local spirits. Read more

    Time Out Chicago · March 30, 2012
  • Jaye J.

    Very cool.

    Jaye Jalso · March 3, 2012
  • Rochelle I.

    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!

    Rochelle I · February 13, 2012
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    Johnny Armstrong · January 14, 2012
  • James B.

    Try the cheese curds!!

    James Bezy · October 27, 2011
  • Nathaniel J.

    Don't let Pops fool you. Whole different environment in the basement.

    Nathaniel Jiang · October 23, 2011
  • bartend4fun

    Nice cozy craft cocktail atmosphere. Awesome Bartenders and staff

    bartend4fun · October 18, 2011
  • Adam S.

    Jaegger is for Freshmen. Try a chilled shot of locally-made 70 Proof hum, The World's Most Unique Rum.

    Adam Seger · September 9, 2011
  • Andrew S.

    Ask for Liza she knows her stuff about beer!

    Andrew Scarlett · June 23, 2011
  • Jamie M.

    Ramos gin giZz will blow your mind

    Jamie Mack · April 21, 2011
  • Raquel H.

    Coolest best kept secret in downtown Chicago. The staff were friendly and the food menu consists of finger type foods with weird names. Delish!

    Raquel Henry · March 22, 2011
  • Keely M.

    Super nice people here!

    Keely Moriarty · March 5, 2011

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