CHICAGO’S BEST COCKTAILS ARE AT -- SURPRISE! -- CHICAGO'S BEST RESTAURANTS
It’s a no-brainer: Chicago’s best cocktails are at Chicago’s best restaurants.
Here are ten of Chicago’s best restaurants, serving Chicago’s best cocktails.
Brindille. Carrie Nahabedian’s Brindille offers French-inspired sips like Jeanne D’Arc with gin and black currant caviar and the classic Vieux Carre.
The Perch. The Perch excels in innovative cocktails, like Lavender Brise (Avion tequila, lavender, lemonade, thyme) and Dirty Pearl (Belvedere Vodka, oyster brine, oyster on the half shell).
Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar. The name “Chef’s Special Cocktail Bar” announces the importance of mixed drinks at this restaurant. Try Lemongrass Gimlet and Psychic Ranger, with rye and amaro, a kind of psychedelic Manhattan.
Nico Osteria. Lots of fancy drinks at Nico Osteria; we’d recommend Squadra, with Tequila Cabeza, Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal, Punt e Mes Vermouth, Drambuie, and Benedictine.
The Bristol. The Bristol offers fantastic cocktails. We’re especially fond of Black Diamond, with Larceny bourbon, Punt e Mes, Angostura, lime juice, Pernod absinthe, grapefruit/lime juice.
Hubbard Inn. A must-stop in River North, Chicago’s party zone, Hubbard Inn has many fine cocktails, especially the whisky-based house specials like Flaming Forest and Friends with Benefits.
Big Star. Big Star shines with tequila-based drinks, like The Big Star Margarita and The Paloma.
Mako. Sushi restaurants may not be known for cocktails, but Mako offers superb cocktails of sake, soju, and Japanese whisky.
North Pond. Always showcasing local ingredients, North Pond serves veg-forward cocktails like Gin, Beet (gin, golden beet juice, black walnut bitters, sparkling apple juice).
Found Kitchen and Social House. In Evanston, Found Kitchen and Social House sets the local bar for fine cocktails, like The Graduate (bourbon, dry vermouth, house-made grenadine, lemon), approved by Mrs. Robinson.