Chicago’s Best Bars:
The top rated Bars in Chicago are:
- Gilt Bar
- The Violet Hour
- Lost Lake
Cindy’s – Created out of thin air, the aery atmosphere gives contrast to the Association’s history as a men’s club, yet carries an unmistakable look of having always been here. With seasonal freshness reflected in both food and drink, this Chicago restaurant truly offers some of the best cuisine while donning the relaxed ambience of a Great Lakes beach house with a view. Executive Chef Christian Ragano brings family style classic comfort food, bio-dynamic wines and award-winning cocktails with large format apothecaries.
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Dessert, Cocktails, Spiritfrees, Wines, Spirits
“This is a good place to hang out with family and friends. The food is good and they have a lot of selections for drink items. The waiters are fast and efficient and can answer all of your questions about the menu. I have never had a problem coming here and will continue coming here. The menu is very clear and clean all the drinks and food item in detail.” -Inessa Uspenskiy
Delilah’s opened in 1993 and has been open every day since. We feature DJs spinning Rock & Roll, Punk Rock, Metal, Ska & Reggae, Soul, Maximum R&B, Hard Country, Garage & Rockabilly – with a regular line up of special events. We carry more than 1000 beer and spirit options and we host regular art openings, film screenings & beer tastings.
Whiskey, Beer, Art, Film
“This is probably one of my top 5 places to eat in Chicago. The place is cozy and fun! Visited there a couple of times with friends and we loved it. The waitstaff is very helpful. The food is downright amazing!” -Andrew Pizzino
Gilt Bar – An inviting River North bar and restaurant featuring classic craft cocktails and contemporary American cuisine. Designed for sharing, the menu features fresh salads, house made pasta, seafood, and wood fired entrees, including the signature Tenderloin Steak Tartare, Truffle Pasta, and Grilled Farm Chicken. The cocktail-driven bar menu showcases classic favorites, offering an array of Negronis, Mules, Manhattans, Martinis, and Old Fashioneds. The sleek and sexy candlelit space features dark leather booths, a gilded bar, and a singular glowing chandelier.
Food, Cocktail, Wine, Beer, Gluten Free Menu, Vegetarian Menu, Dessert
“We went here for our wedding anniversary. Everything we ordered was amazing. Atmosphere was great. We were very happy. Get a slice of pie for dessert. The crust was ridiculously good!” -Andrew Pizzino
The Violet Hour
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. Light bites are prepared by Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Nelson in the same seasonal cadence.
An iconic destination for cocktail enthusiasts, The Violet Hour’s exterior facade features an ever-changing mural with a discrete single entryway while the three interior salons glow under clusters of candlelit tables and a sprawling marble bar.
Cocktails, Craft Beer, Wine, Sustenance, Happy Hour
“Fun speakeasy experience. Went mid-week and there was no line. No food options, but drinks are strong and delicious. Our service was fast and friendly – he gave us a lot of really great recommendations depending on what each of us liked. There are a mix of rum, vodka, bourbon, and many other spirits to choose from. Would be great with a small group of friends or couples date night.” -Heather Kieser
Lost Lake is a tropical cocktail bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, created by Land and Sea Dept., Paul McGee and Shelby Allison.
A stylish tropical oasis-meets-flotsam strewn island hut, Lost Lake evokes both the glamorous tropical escapism of 1930s Hollywood and the rugged nautical, island aesthetic of the world’s first tiki bar, the original Don’s Beachcomber Cafe. Under a roof of lauhala, between walls of iconic banana leaf-print wallpaper, Lost Lake’s cocktail program pays homage to 80-plus years of exotic cocktail history with a menu of original tropical recipes and selections from the classic tiki canon. Decked out in tropical attire and well-versed in rum (and rhum, and ron), Lost Lake’s talented team of friendly and knowledgeable beverage professionals is ready to take you on a mini-vacation, by way of a wildly garnished tiki cocktail.
“The cocktails are amazing here! I loved this place and would definitely go back. My favorite was the banana dolphin cocktail.” -Kimberly Rowan
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