The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Chicago That Left Us Shaken, Not Stirred

by Kali Cramer




There’s something uniquely interesting about all of the best cocktail bars in Chicago. While they all carry a full menu of carefully crafted drinks specially made by their talented mixologists, each bar brings something totally different to Chicago’s exclusive cocktail scene. No one cocktail bar is the same as another, ranging from upscale lounges to dive bars in basements, and we couldn’t have the completely eclectic cocktail social club that we do in Chicago without every single one.

With fall right around the corner, you’re probably eager to try all of the seasonal drinks coming out, so whether you’ve been to every place on this list or haven’t even scratched the surface, these are the 10 best cocktail bars in Chicago that are absolutely worth visiting.


Bordel Chicago / 1721 W Division St

A cocktail lounge that doubles as a cabaret club with live burlesque performances, Bordel loves to entertain their guests. The overindulgent atmosphere calls for cocktails that feel like guilty pleasures, especially the classic drinks that date back to the Prohibition era. This is one of the best cocktail bars in Chicago since they’e always working on concocting something even more unique than their last creation.



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