Food & Drink

10 Chicago bars that put cocktails on tap

Published On 11/14/2014 Published On 11/14/2014
Public House
Public House
Revel Room
Yusho
Sean Cooley
Tippling Hall
Sean Cooley
Fish Bar
Hub 51 & Sub 51
Sean Cooley
Ada Street
Public House
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1. A10 1462 East 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615 (Hyde Park)

A10 is one of the best places to indulge in creme brulee, on-tap cocktails, and awesome brews. Not particularly in that order.

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2. The Revel Room 1566 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

RR is the Wicker Park bar that you'll find yourself at every... single... Friday for brews, cocktails, and a fist-pumping crowd.

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3. Yusho 2853 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Logan Square)

Because apparently not everything in Japan gets lost in translation, former Charlie Trotter's exec chef Matthias Merges drew on the energy and community he discovered in the country's street food scene when conceiving Yusho. His architect wife channeled his vision into an eclectic space with a bar made from century-old wood beams and a skylit back room projecting anime. Crunch on salmon and chicken skins while you sip a boozy soda or one of the formidable offerings of Japanese and domestic beers. Then share a bowl of mentaiko carbonara, a seaside leaning take on the Italian pasta with spicy cod roe and bucatini from sister restaurant A10.

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4. Billy Sunday 3143 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This 50-seat tavern has an appropriately turn-of-the-century feel courtesy of its china-filled hutch, lantern-esque lighting, and old-timey photos of people not smiling. While small plates are served, the libations here rule.

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5. Tippling Hall 646 N Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

From the folks behind Mercadito Hospitality, Tippling Hall is a beer hall/cocktail lounge that focuses on "global comfort food" and boasts a highly impressive cocktail menu.

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6. Henry's Swing Club 18 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

This River North hub is home to over 22 slider options on its menu, as well as serious drink options (buy a bottle of Jack and get free Coke refills all night!), playing cards, vintage Playboys, and pool tables.

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7. Fish Bar 2956 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

DMK's seafood concept, with outposts in Lakeview and Navy Pier, reimagines the quintessential seafood shack by taking inspiration from both New Orleans and New England. Expect east and west coast oysters, lobster rolls, po' boys, and gumbo, plus s'mores and oyster shooters and cocktails. The Lakeview location has bar and booth seating, as well as a seasonal patio.

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8. Hub 51 51 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

With a menu that includes sushi rolls, great burgers, and a decent amount of wit ("Celebrate all you want, but we don't sing Happy Birthday."), choosing a standout from Hub 51 wasn't easy. But that doesn't mean we didn't do it -- oh, no, we did, and the winner is Hub's small but delicious selection of Mexican dishes, from their pulled chicken nachos and fish tacos to the chicken enchiladas.

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9. Ada Street 1664 N Ada St, Chicago, IL 60642 (Bucktown)

The accolades for this Bucktown bar-slash-restaurant begin with the cocktail menu, which features classic drinks (G&Ts, Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules) alongside completely new and exciting ones you've likely never tasted before. Then there's the food: the dinner menu is heavy on small plates, but there are meatier mains, like prime ribeye, as well. Finally, there's the backyard patio, which is way more casual than the restaurant's interior with picnic tables and a ping pong table.

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10. Public House 400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654 (Near North Side)

Public House, a Near North sports bar, has surprisingly outstanding burgers and a unique brew selection. Just get there early to beat the crowd!