Top Post-Work Cocktail Spots in Chicago: Part I
You've had a long day at the negotiating table and need to unwind with co-workers or the client. Where to go that has stiff drinks with a side of edge and a twist of trendy? Here’s Part 1 of our handy guide to where to grab a cocktail after punching out for the day.
1) The Aviary
Bar: The Aviary
Address: 955 W Fulton Market, Fulton Market
Signature: Owned by Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, it creates breathtaking, theatrical pieces of cocktail art just like Alinea does with haute cuisine.
Also known for: Its invite-only basement speakeasy, The Office. Pro tip: you can now reserve a four-course food/drink experience downstairs on the website.
2) The Berkshire Room
Bar: The Berkshire Room
Address: 15 E Ohio St, River North
Signature: Dealer’s Choice. You choose the spirit, profile and glassware, and for $14 your bartender mixes you your next go-to cocktail.
Also known for: Its old school meets new school digs within the Acme Hotel. (The new school clearly influencing cocktail names, like the tequila-based “Swipe Right.”)
3) The Betty
Bar: The Betty
Address: 839 W Fulton Market, Fulton Market
Signature: A Mad Men vibe with a side of neighborhood intimacy. Try the sherry-based “A Cobbler” if you like sweet or “Last Man Standing” if it’s getting late and you need a coffee-based kick in the pants.
Also known for: Laid-back seating for any situation, from private tables for two to comfy chairs and couches to the polished, lengthy bar.
4) The Brass Monkey
Bar: The Brass Monkey
Address: 401 N Morgan St, Fulton Market
Signature: This ‘70s-themed playground takes up an entire city block and the owner, Untitled’s Marc Bushala, admits to inspiration from American Hustle.
Also known for: Record players, disco ball-ish light fixtures and an upcoming distillery. Try “Tang” (pictured) and travel back in time with vodka, lemon, spiced pear and cherry heering.
5) The Drifter
Bar: The Drifter
Address: 676 N Orleans St, River North
Signature: A cocktail menu designed and printed on tarot cards (pictured), with the deck changing daily. Gives new meaning to “what’s in the cards” for your evening.
Also known for: Its historic neighbor, Green Door Tavern. The Drifter’s basement space, built in 1872, has an even more covert, cozy feel.