Chicago is a city known for its electric bar scene, a place where the finest minds in mixology come to hone their skills. From innovative new creations to polished classics, the calibre of cocktails on offer could rival any city in the world. Whether you’re happiest in an old fashioned speakeasy or a contemporary cocktail laboratory, wet your whistle at some of these incredible bars in Chicago.

Three Dots and a Dash

Eight of the best bars in Chicago | Three Dots and a Dash
Embrace the Tiki theme at Three Dots and a Dash © Anjali Pinto / Three Dots and a Dash

Tiki bars may conjure images of tacky decorations and sickly sweet cocktails, but this trend is taking the high road in Chicago. A blue light illuminating a tucked-away alley is the only sign of Three Dots and a Dash, but once inside, it’s a veritable Polynesian paradise.

The tropical island cocktails are the real draw to this venue, usually conjured from the 160-strong rum list. “Zombie Punch”, served in a glass skull, is the pick of the bunch: a heady mixture of Jamaican, Nicaraguan and overproof rum with lime, pomegranate, grapefruit and cinnamon.