Mezcaleria Las Flores - Chicago
Chicago's first mezcal-focused cocktail lounge is based in Logan Square, which happens to boast a large number of well-regarded craft cocktail destinations like Longman & Eagle, Lost Lake, Scofflaw, Spilt Milk and The Whistler. But Mezcaleria Las Flores's focus on the smoky agave spirit has spawned a revolution, with mezcal bars popping up all over the city.
But back to the original. Its name pays homage to the business that occupied the building before the bar, a florist that was around for decades. The new owners have left a bit of the essence of its predecessor with plants and flowers throughout the space. Its vibe? The young and hip are drawn to the spot for offbeat hip-hop music, which blasts from the speakers during business hours, and inventive cocktails.
Mezcaleria is located next door to Johnny's Grill, and guests may order from it. Diner faves like burgers, turkey clubs and fish and chips are served, plus breakfast, until late night.