The best cocktail bars in Chicago from speakeasy to game bars
With over 25 cocktails inspired by international destinations, a menu to fulfill your mood for noshes or a moveable feast is only fitting.
Bordel is a hidden, craft cocktail bar inspired by Paris’ Belle Époque and Chicago’s Prohibition Era.
Housed in a Louis Sullivan building (1888), CELESTE is a refined interpretation of the classic American drinking establishment, offering three floors of hospitality with serious cocktails, fantastic food, welcome happy hours and tasty late night dining.
Devereaux is Boka Restaurant Group’s intimate rooftop lounge on the 18th floor of Viceroy Chicago. Enjoy sweeping views of the glamorous Gold Coast & poolside cocktails with small plates by Chef Lee Wolen.
Drumbar is a speakeasy style, cocktail-focused rooftop bar off Michigan Avenue atop the Raffaello Hotel. Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, the moody yet energetic bar boasts an intimate indoor lounge area and a beautiful outdoor terrace with views of Lake Michigan and the Hancock building.
Drumbar’s spirits menu is comprised of an unparalleled selection of earnestly sought after whiskeys, scotches, bourbons and cognacs, available by the glass.
Beverage Director Paul McGee’s drink menu includes an accessible selection of classic cocktails, including rotating variations on Cobblers, Collins, Old Fashioneds, Sours and more – a menu that also includes a seasonal frozen cocktail. We also serve a selection of draft beers in pints and pitchers, alongside bottled beers and a curated wine list from Wine Director Andrew Algren.
The nation’s most acclaimed champagne bar and one of Chicago’s top night clubs. For more than 30 years, Pops has strived to present an unrivaled champagne list (now at nearly 250 selections), as well as a complete bar selection, live music, and a seasonal menu of champagne-friendly small plates and shareable items.
The Violet Hour serves artisanal cocktails in the heart of Wicker Park. Rooted in pre-prohibition style libations, the James Beard Award-winning bar program features a seasonally rotating cocktail list, as well as an extensive selection of approachable and sought-after spirits.
If you are not familiar with the best cocktail bars of Chicago, we have come with a shorlist of the bars to discover : from speakeasies to game bars.