Food & Drink

Where to drink booze-filled slushies this weekend

Published On 07/10/2014 Published On 07/10/2014
Sean Cooley

Chicago A great way to beat the Summer heat in Chicago? A nice cold beverage. A greater way to beat the Summer heat in Chicago? A nice cold beverage WITH BOOZE IN IT! Here are five of those, just in time for Summer (and more importantly, your weekend).

Three Dots and a Dash

Bunny’s Banana Daiquiri at Three Dots and a Dash: Chicago’s favorite subterranean Tiki bar is home to a banana daiquiri that’s a notch above the rest, packed with a rum triple play (Jamaican, spiced, and overproof), coconut liqueur, banana, lime, nutmeg, and a banana fashioned into a dolphin. Continue Reading


Frozen Mai Tai at The Dawson: Chill out (get it???) on The Dawson’s patio with your favorite pair of sunnies on and a frozen Mai Tai in hand. The seasonally appropriate newcomer is made with Bacardi 8, Clement Premiére Canne, house orgeat, Cointreau, and lime, and is garnished with a sprig of fresh mint.

Punch House

Sno Kones at Punch House: The downstairs watering hole at Dusek's is giving its delicious punch lineup the shaved-ice treatment with Sno Kones, wherein they take a cone of powdery shaved ice and fill it with any punch on tap, including the mezcal-filled Summer Melon and American Orange Punch w/ rye whiskey.

Parson's Chicken & Fish

Fernet Slushies at Parson’s Chicken and Fish: Parson’s and Letherbee Distillers kicked off the recent launch of Letherbee Fernet with a refreshing slushie that even the Glee kids would enjoy, concocted by the man who brought us the Negroni Slushy, Charlie Schott. The celebratory Bitter Bourbon Buck is a mix of Fernet, bourbon, lime, and ginger beer.

Red Door

Alcoholic Slushies at Red Door: Red Door’s slushies come in three varieties -- the vibrant, Gimlet-esque green Last Word, Pink Lemonade, and Buffala Negra. They’re like snow cones, just minus the cones and plus the alcohol.

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1. Three Dots and a Dash 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 (River North)

Three Dots and a Dash is a tiki-themed speakeasy in the back of Bub City that's pouring out crazy tropical cocktails in vessels like glass skulls and treasure chests.

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2. The Dawson 730 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642 (West Loop)

The Dawson's got a robust space to dole out incredible pork belly tacos, chicken-fried steak, house-made sodas, and serious libations.

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3. Parson's Chicken & Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Parson's Chicken & Fish in Logan Square knows a thing or two about deep-frying -- the menu features chicken, fish, hush puppies, and cheese curds in all their breaded and battered goodness. Not everything is deep-fried though; there's a small raw bar selection and small plates to share. The spot is upscale for a quick-serve spot, and its large outdoor patio is one of the top summer hang spots in Chicago.

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4. Red Door 2118 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

This underrated Bucktown gastropub serves upscale bar food alongside a hefty selection of craft beers -- most of which are from the Midwest -- and speciality cocktails. There's a long bar and plenty of two- and four-top tables, so Red Door is a great place for a low-key date, especially given the menu's emphasis on shared plates. The best part about it all? The huge backyard patio that's stocked with long picnic tables.

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5. Punch House 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (Pilsen)

Located underneath Thalia Hall, Punch House is Pilsen’s underground, 70s-inspired basement pub specializing in… well, punch. With eight options on draft -- including classics like Milk Punch and Pisco Punch, and contemporary concoctions -- you can enjoy any one of them in a single-serving glass, in sno-cone form, in a carafe, or in a large-format bowl for groups. While punch is the real draw, they have an abbreviated list of craft cocktails, and a more extensive list of beer and wine for those less punch-inclined.



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