Chicagoans love a good drink. Thankfully there are hundreds, if not thousands of bars across the city to quench your thirst. With spring finally here, it’s time to get out and try some tasty cocktails that highlight the city’s diverse and unique libations. If you’re downtown, there’s no better place to grab a drink than Streeterville. Known for its tourist attractions like Navy Pier and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Streeterville attracts all sorts of visitors. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you’ll want to check out these spots for some of Chicago’s best cocktails.
Beatrix is the perfect place to stop for a quick drink and bite to eat. If you don’t think the words “healthy” and “cocktail” belong in the same utterance, think again. The drinks program at Beatrix focuses on the classic cocktail updated with seasonal fruits, juices, and homemade ingredients. The “Turmeric Rush” cocktail features turmeric tonic infused bourbon, honey syrup and lemon. Another favorite drink at Beatrix is the “Rosé All Day” that has beefeater gin, barsol pisco, rosé syrup, and lime. Beatrix is home to many zippy, refreshing cocktails that are perfect to enjoy on a warm day.
Perhaps a rooftop bar with sweeping cityviews is more your style? Drumbar sits on the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel. You can enjoy an artisanal whiskey in the club-like lounge with tufted leather furniture or lighten up on the outdoor terrace. The craft cocktails at Drumbar are incredible and include local hits like the “Chamomile Ketel Soda” with chamomile infused vodka, cocchi americano, blackberry, lemon and soda. Drumbar also has an Old Fashoneds menu with a variety of Old Fashioneds to try with spirits you won’t find anywhere else in Chicago.
This bustling eatery and bar located in Hotel EMC2 is inspired by childhood curiosity and science. Yes, science. Named for Albert Einstein, The Albert’s aeshteic is a cross between a science lab and a chill lounge. With both food and cocktails pushing the envelope and verging on whimsy, The Albert is a great space to unwind and enjoy a drink.
D4 Irish Pub
An Irish Pub might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about craft cocktails, but D4 has them in spades. With Chicago themed cocktails like the “O’Hare to Heathrow” and local brews on tap, this Irish pub’s roots are planted firmly in Chicago. The inside of D4 is designed to look like a traditional Dublin townhome and the lush garden patio speaks for itself. Enjoy a delicious cocktail at this casual pub and don’t forget the fish and chips.
Baptiste & Bottle is located on the 20th floor of the Conrad Hotel. This bourbon inspired bar and restaurant features floor to ceiling windows that wrap around and provide some of the best views in Streeterville. At Baptiste & Bottle, bourbon and whiskey drinkers will be in heaven with tasting flights and meal pairings. The menu makes the most of their curated drink list. The bar program also features incredible, inventive cocktails, many of which are mixed table-side for a unique experience.
Streeterville is a great neighborhood to grab a drink. Many of the bars on this list celebrate happy hour so be sure to check out their daily specials. Indoors in a cozy pub or out on a rooftop terrace, you’ll find the perfect lounge for all seasons.