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From underground neighborhood dives to posh downtown rooftop bars, Chicago nightlife is full of mixologists and bartenders who serve expertly made li... Read More

From underground neighborhood dives to posh downtown rooftop bars, Chicago nightlife is full of mixologists and bartenders who serve expertly made libations across the city. Right now, the cocktail dens of the moment are the Violet Hour, a sophisticated joint known for its creative cocktails, and Three Dots and a Dash, an award-winning watering hole that has the nation rethinking tikki.

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  • Ampersand Wine Bar

    Ampersand is an intimate wine bar with accessible wines, small plates by a Cutthroat Kitchen winner, and pastries from a chef who's traveled the world... Read More

  • Bordel

    More like a modern speakeasy than neighborhood a bar, Bordel is hidden away upstairs from Black Bull. Cocktails and decor are a throwback to 60's and 70... Read More

  • Broken Shaker

    A mixology bar serving up craft cocktails in the Freehand Hotel, Broken Shaker is also accompanied by a street food-inspired small menu that is sure to... Read More

  • Cerise

    With a colorful, kitchy-hipster feel, the small but hard-hitting bar menu features Asian-inspired bites, however it's the craft cocktails and atmosphere... Read More

  • Headquarters Beercade

    A deliciously clever bar-slash-arcade concept, Beercade does it right. Cheap cocktails, craft beer, and more than thirty vintage arcade games scattered... Read More

  • Hopleaf Bar

    This neighborhood watering hole is home to an extensive beer list. With a particular focus on local, U.S., and Belgian beers, Hopleaf is usually Chicago... Read More

  • Pub Royale

    From it's eclectic decor to it's retro inspired cocktails, Pub Royale is redefining what it means to be boho-chic. The menu on offer features a modern... Read More

  • Slippery Slope

    This club has it all: a spacious dance floor, a classic (and eclectic) food menu including Frito pie and tamales, and skeeball. And to top it all off,... Read More

  • Tack Room

    Located in a 1890s carriage house, the horses who used to call this home have been since been replaced with a lively piano bar and cozy tavern setting.... Read More

  • Vice District Brewing

    Craft beers from a microbrewery that originally began in two neighbors' basements, the taproom at Vice District Brewing has an open, communal concept... Read More

  • Violet Hour

    The signless entrance does little to keep the extensive cocktail menu at this Wicker Park watering hole a secret. Try The Boss for scotch with lemon,... Read More

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