1. Old Fifth1027 W Madison St, Chicago
2. Duke Of Perth2913 N Clark St, Chicago
3. Delilah's2771 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
4. Longman & Eagle2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago
5. Drumbar201 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
6. The Berkshire Room15 E Ohio St, Chicago
7. The Monkey's Paw2524 N Southport, Chicago
8. Twisted Spoke501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago
9. Untitled111 W Kinzie St, Chicago
10. Lady Gregory's5260 N Clark St, Chicago
Old Fifth is a pizza-slinging pub that's got some of the oldest whiskey in the known world, and some of the newest (read: most innovative) pizzas, like a double-decker one lined with pepperoni.
The Duke of Perth is serving up pub-style fish and chips, and a whiskey selection that'll blow your mind.
Delilah's is a neighborhood bar with over 400 whiskeys, located in Chicago's Lincoln Park.
L&E's got a gastropub vibe with snacks and shared plates like chickpea fries w/ harissa ketchup, Kobe meatballs w/ creamy polenta and parsley pesto, and beef-tongue hash topped w/ a black truffle vinaigrette and a duck egg served sunny-side-up. There are 15 craft beers on draft and a classically inclined cocktail list.
On the 18th floor of the Raffaello lies the swanky Drumbar, split between a dark wood and marble 100-seat indoors and an outdoor terrace boasting killer views of the lake and fire-pit equipped tables.
The Berkshire Room is a whiskey bar serving cocktails from Prohibition-era medicine bottles, a 1940s-inspired menu including bison tartare, and drinks with crazy ingredients, such as tobacco smoke (?!).
It's been said that a monkey's paw has the power to grant wishes, which probably would have resulted in fewer pawless monkeys, if only they understood the concept of "wishing". Thankfully, your wish for an entire wall of whiskey has been brought true by the team at The Monkey's Paw, a new grub-pub handsomely stocking nearly 50 single malts and other fine browns behind a meandering cork bar that's flanked by a dusty-booked library, which operates on the Dewar's Decimal System.
Twisted Spoke in West Town gets the nod thanks to its excellent whiskey selection, rare reserve beers, and laid-back rooftop beer garden. Its biker vibe is the stuff of legend and it does bar food about as well as anybody (fried jalapeño poppers), while also slinging breakfast food and porn during its Saturday nights event (for real, it’s called Smut & Eggs). The BBQ nachos are worth texting home about— the behemoth dish is sinister in all the right ways (just like the metal tunes coming through the speakers): crispy chips, melty Gouda, succulent barbecued pork, a truck-load of frizzled onions, a drizzle of Sriracha aioli, and just enough cilantro to make you feel better about the ensuing gluttony.
Tucked behind unmarked doors that are literally untitled, this lounge is a nod to the Prohibition-era supper clubs, featuring libations, small bites and a stage for blues/big bad/burlesque shows.
From the folks behind similarly literary-themed Irish sibs Beckett's and Wilde, Lady Gregory's intricate dark wood moldings and book-lined library (complete with a portrait of its namesake) provide a fitting backdrop for sampling their 300-strong whiskey list. Floor-to-ceiling windows beckon you inside, and once you realize you're in an Irish pub with a passion for farm-to-table, sustainable, local ingredients, you'll probably stay for dinner.