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,


Carriage House

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,



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,


Lula Cafe

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,


Masa Azul

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,



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,



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,