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Five Great Spots for a Minty Fresh Cocktail in Chicago

Still riding the Derby high (or planning for next year)? Get your juleps, mojitos, and other refreshing cocktails at these hot bars.

Barrelhouse Flat’s Next Step cocktail, made with plymouth gin, lime, vanilla-tonka syrup, apricot liqueur, mint, vanilla-cardamom bitters, and egg white   Photo: Courtesy of the Barrelhouse Flat

The Barrelhouse Flat

Its Pimm’s Cup overfloweth with fruit and greenery. 2624 N. Lincoln Ave. Website


The bourbon-and-rum-laced mint julep is like Kentucky Derby meets Caribbean vacay. 218 W. Kinzie St. Website


Mojitos first, bossa nova on the dance floor second. 2977 N. Elston Ave. Website


See “Banana Cobbler”—and order a Flash in the Pan (gin, grapefruit, cherries, and, of course, mint). Browse photos of our night at the cozy bar. 1749 N. Damen Ave. Website

The Violet Hour

Love at first sip: Juliet and Romeo, a refreshing gin mix with cucumber and rose water. 1520 N. Damen Ave. Website


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