The Best Cocktail Programs in Chicago Restaurants
By Carly Boers
What’s dinner without a quality liquid sidekick? We’d be remiss not to give a shout-out to our favorite restaurant cocktail programs.
Mixologist Lynn House incorporates herbs and orchard fruit from her own garden—along with her infectious laugh—to create her acclaimed seasonal sips.
Find it: 619 W. Randolph St., 312-715-0708, blackbirdrestaurant.com
Mark Steuer’s downhome cocktails and punches garner nearly as much fanfare as the low-country cuisine they accompany.
Find it: 1700 W. Division St., 773-384-9700, carriagehousechicago.com
Grab a spot by the front windows (prime tourist-watching) and order up a seasonal cocktail, or dabble in a whiskey flight.
Find it: 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312-372-4243, thegagechicago.com
The secret’s long been out about the fabulous food, but Lula Cafe also cranks out solid cocktails—and a decent bar scene—late-night.
Find it: 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd., 773-489-9554, lulacafe.com
Embark on the Tour de Mexico, a series of south-of-the-border-themed drinks mixed with your liquor of choice.
Find it: 2901 W. Diversey Ave., 773-687-0300, masaazul.com
When an Old Fashioned is made with pomegranate-infused rye, blood orange, and brandied cherries (as it is at this rustic-contempo charmer), nothing about it feels old.
Find it: 123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920, sepiachicago.com
A draft cocktail du jour, well-curated sakes, and a spawling, L-shaped bar made for lingering actually make us hope there’s a waitlist for tables.
Find it: 2853 N. Kedzie Ave., 773-904-8558, yusho-chicago.com