The 22 best cocktail bars in Chicago
Pick your poison at the top cocktail bars in Chicago
This city isn’t shy about its booze obsession—and we have the Chicago breweries and wine bars to prove it. But when you’re searching for something stronger, hunker down at the best cocktail bars in Chicago, where some of the world’s top bartenders shake, stir and pour excellent drinks with ease. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic Manhattan or Negroni or you’re hankering for an over-the-top tiki sipper with colorful bendy straws, the best cocktail bars in Chicago will take care of you. The list practically doubles when you factor in all of the amazing rooftop bars Chicago has to offer. Start making your way through the best cocktail bars in Chicago tonight.
Three Dots and a Dash
The menu at Three Dots and a Dash—and its bar-within-a-bar concept, the Bamboo Room—features exquisite tiki cocktails crafted with fresh pressed juices and house-made syrups. The arsenal of garnishes is next level, with tropical flowers, colorful bendy straws and fresh herbs and citrus. First-timers should start with the namesake cocktail, an agreeable blend of rums, allspice, falernum, orange and lime. After a few drinks, flag down your waiter and ask for the king crab rangoons, which are packed with cream cheese and hunks of tender crab meat.