The Drinker's Guide

The Drinker’s Guide to Chicago: Best Wines, Cocktails, Beers, and More

Thanks to a booming cocktail scene, new wine boutiques in many neighborhoods, and our obsession with craft brewing, Chicago has become a veritable haven for the discriminating drinker. And there’s no better time to check it all out than right now, when staying cozy in a bar or at home is priority number one. In the following pages, you’ll get a shopping list for top-shelf spirits curated by local experts; discover which bars make the city’s 20 best cocktails, learn how to build the ultimate home bar, and hear from our favorite purveyors of wine, and beer about what they are loving right now—for every budget. Cheers to that.

Best Cocktails in Chicago
20 BEST COCKTAILS IN CHICAGO
We line them up from bitter to sweet

 

29 great winter beers
29 GREAT WINTER BREWS
One for every day in February

 

Great wines at every price
GREAT WINES AT EVERY PRICE
Wine buyers at our favorite stores pick their best

How to build a home bar
HOW TO BUILD A HOME BAR
Mixologist Paul McGee shows us how

 

Top-shelf spirits for your liquor cabinet
BEST SPIRITS FOR YOUR LIQUOR CABINET
The best vodka, gin, rum, and more

 

Stylish items for your home bar
NINE STYLISH ITEMS FOR YOUR BAR
Tasteful flourishes for the happy home bar

Finding your go-to cocktail
FINDING YOUR GO-TO COCKTAIL
Jeff Ruby’s quest for his signature drink

 

How Kris von Dopek made his winter cocktail
HOW I MADE THIS DRINK
Duchamp’s Kris von Dopek on his new cocktail

 

Winter cocktail recipe challenge
WINTER COCKTAIL RECIPE CHALLENGE
Our contest for budding mixologists

 

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