Much like its dining scene, River North’s drinking culture comes with a lot of over-hyped, under-delivering bars and clubs. However, if you’re willing to dig just beyond that glossy façade of bottle service and ubiquitous “handcrafted” cocktails, you’ll find a handful of spots that are truly worth their salt. Here are the 11 best places to booze in River North.

Whiskey Bar

Best whiskey bar: Bub City

435 N Clark St
Armed with 150 whiskeys, Lettuce Entertain You’s Southern-inspired concept is an obvious choice for connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike. Come down for live country karaoke every Tuesday at 10pm, and a killer weekend brunch, flush with gut-busting comfort fare.