The Thalia crew may have pulled a sneak-attack opening with their new West Loop bar and adjoined cafeteria-style eatery, but the bar is anything but quiet in the early going. Lines snake outside the building to try three top cocktailers' classics and originals in a comfortable drinking setting.
Greenriver brings an NYC superstar collaboration to Chicago from Danny Meyer's Union Square Events and the team behind heralded bar The Dead Rabbit. The swanky Irish concept on an 18th floor Streeterville terrace has cocktails only named for base spirits, main ingredients, and flavor profiles. Don't miss the brand new second bar Annex either.
Miami's James Beard-nominated hotspot brings versions of its delicious culinary-focused cocktail program to a cozy clubhouse-feeling room in the back of the new Freehand hostel, where the Tokyo Hotel stood for decades. Try the Cocoa Puff Old Fashioned, "Da Mickey Finn Bird," the "Chicago Politics" that's like a Thai curry served in a brass pineapple, and the food.
Recently joining the many other fun drinking and eating spots in the gorgeous Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Milk Room is a cocktail adventure rarely experienced anywhere. Only eight secluded ticketed seats get to experience Paul McGee's rare booze-fueled cocktail journeys, which begin with an amuse drink and include small bites.