GUIDE: The Best Cocktail Bars For Special Occasions

July 13, 2018

GUIDE: The Best Cocktail Bars For Special Occasions

by Adrian Kane


There are approximately 865,789 bars in Chicago, and we would probably have more if the city weren’t so stingy with liquor licenses. So in general, you have lots of options. But when you’re celebrating a special occasion, you need someplace fancier than the bar where you normally go to yell about sports or hang out with friends every Friday night. Here are 12 places you might want to get a little dressed up for, all of which work for a variety of celebratory things - whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, or even just a night when you want to yell about sports in a top hat.



Bordel is from the same people who own Beatnik, and this cocktail bar is equally over-the-top with its atmosphere. It’s supposed to be a cross between a bordello and a speakeasy, so decor-wise, you can expect a lot of velvet and tassels. The drinks here start at around $13, and the menu includes things like a Oaxacan Old Fashioned (with mezcal and chocolate bitters) and a “campfire nog” with peated scotch and an egg.


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