Chicago- Your Guide To The Best Bars In Chicago #DrinkWell

Chicago has some of the best bars and restaurants in the country, so it’s no easy task to choose from the massive list. Below is a list of my top 14 bars and you should try to hit them all on your next trip… Trust me, you will not be dissapointed.

Your Guide To The Best Bars In Chicago #drinkwell

The Office
 I’m not sure if there will ever be a bar as exclusive and as special as The Office. Reservations are a must and seating is extremely limited, which makes this place even more special. With seating for only 14 people, you instantly feel like some kind of Rockstar or Mafia Boss. You’ll need an escort and a key to enter the vintage booze heavenly gates. The display of vintage bottles are like nothing I have ever seen before and I couldn’t stop smiling. You need to see this place for yourself. I highly recommend the Old Fashion but I challenge you to try something off of the eclectic list of spirits. You will pay a $50 deposit but that goes toward your bill, so order a snack or just splurge on something amazing like a 1982 Old Commonwealth 7yr Bourbon, presented in the Modern Firefighter Original Decanter.I did and it was absolutely worth every penny! Check it out for yourself- You will not be disappointed.

The Aviary
 If you can’t get in to The Office, make sure to go to The Avery, as it is directly above The Office and might be the second coolest bar in all of Chicago (Maybe the World). They sell tickets as reservations that go toward your bill. Drinks are about $20-$30 but it’s a show in itself. You’re paying for an unreal experience.

Cindy’s Rooftop
 Awesome roof top restaurant, in the heart of the city, with insane views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. Located in The Chicago Athletic Association building. We were lucky and found open seating against the rail, but reservations are HIGHLY recommended. Food & Cocktails are fantastic and they don’t serve anything with a plastic straw, which is my favorite part #stopsucking. Check out Lonely Whale to read more about the movement on ridding our oceans of unnecessary plastic waste.

Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association
 True to name, Game Room, along with outstanding cocktails, offers guests a range of activities to enjoy, including billiards tables, a full-sized bocce court, cards, checkers and chess tables, foosball, shuffleboard, and more.

Scofflaw
 A really good gin bar. Fun to pop in- the vibe is lovely.

The California Clipper
 This place screams entertainment! A landmark cocktail bar and intimate live music venue with an atmosphere that echoes another era. Dating back to the 1930s, the Clipper ranks as one of Chicago’s most historic and beloved bars. The drink list spans more than 70 libations, ranging from an expertly prepared Old Fashioned or Amaro Shaved Ice, to a Genesse Cream Ale and shot of whiskey. The Clipper’s vintage red-hued vibe pays homage to the original 1930s style and provides a sexy backdrop to the live performances.

Cody’s Public House
 Dog friendly and you can bring your own meat to bbq in the back. A REAL neighborhood bar.

Three Dots and A Dash
 Awesome tiki bar in Downtown. Named One of The World’s 50 Best Bars, in 2014. Click the link and check them out!

The Violet Hour
 Swanky pre- prohibition style “speak easy” -Show up early as it gets crowded and they will most likely have a long line.

Hopleaf
 Great Beer Bar with a Belgian-inspired kitchen. No reservations. First come, first-served.

Sportsman’s Club
 Art Deco theme with rotating cocktail list. Classically inspired and spirit-forward cocktails.

Kaiser Tiger
 FUN! Neighborhood bar with bocce ball in the back. Very cool outdoor patio as well.

Sluggers World Class Sports Bar- Wrigleyville
 Right by Wrigley Field — has a bunch of batting cages upstairs and a full arcade in the bar!

Emporium Arcade Bar
 Arcades and a Bar!!! Not much left to say… Just an awesome time in a relaxed environment.


Originally published at 50.87.249.186 on October 19, 2017.

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