The boundary-pushing award goes to this Miami import, where bartenders use everything from pork bitters to porcini mushrooms in the 15 original cocktails. Though the Chicago-inspired concoctions sometimes miss the mark, the daily punch—on one recent visit, a combo of blood orange and rum—always scores. The bar is inventive enough to entertain both trend-chasing River North regulars and drinkers who normally avoid the scene at all costs. 19 E. Ohio St., 312-940-3699

Crowd Hip 30-somethings
Food Snacks, skewers, and a few larger plates
Top Tipple Pistachio mai tai (pistachio orgeat, grapefruit, rum, vodka, egg white), $13