Chicago drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Chicago

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Enter this jovial brewery – the city’s largest – via a blue glowing hallway with trippy art painted on the walls and the Willy Wonka theme song playing overhead. The beer-hall-esque taproom is a bit far flung, but f…
Top Choice Distillery in West Loop & Near West Side

CH Distillery

This slick tasting room has a cool, naturalistic look with exposed concrete posts and knotty wood beams across the ceiling. Slip into a seat at the bar and watch the silver tanks behind the big glass window distilli…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

Metropolitan Brewing

An elder of the local beer scene, Metropolitan has expanded into a striking, retrofitted old tannery overlooking the Chicago River. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide water views, while the tables made of salvaged…
Top Choice Lounge in Gold Coast

Signature Lounge

Take the elevator to the 96th floor of the building formerly called the John Hancock Center and order a (pricey) beverage while looking out over the city from some 1000ft up in the sky. It’s especially gape-worthy a…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Hyde Park & South Side

Marz Community Brewing

Marz started as a group of home brewers whose friends demanded more. The small brewery is known for its peculiar creations, such as Potion #1 (aged in absinthe barrels), Diliner Weisse (with fresh dill) and Churros …
Top Choice Microbrewery in Lincoln Square & Ravenswood

Spiteful Brewing

Spiteful's taproom has a rock-and-roll, DIY vibe. Two home brewers launched the brand, and they now operate out of a renovated garage. The concrete floored, exposed-ductwork place has a long bar where you can belly …
Top Choice Bar in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Old Town Ale House

Located near the Second City comedy club and the scene of late-night musings since the 1960s, this unpretentious neighborhood favorite lets you mingle with beautiful people and grizzled regulars, seated pint by pint…
Top Choice Bar in Lake View & Wrigleyville

Hungry Brain

The owner of nearby music club Constellation also owns this off-the-beaten-path little bar. It charms with its kind bartenders and well-worn, thrift-store decor. It's a hub of the underground jazz scene; Sunday nigh…
Top Choice Bar in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Delilah’s

A bartender rightfully referred to this hard-edged black sheep of the neighborhood as the ‘pride of Lincoln Ave’: a title earned for the heavy pours and the best whiskey selection in the city – over 860 different la…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Violet Hour

This nouveau speakeasy isn’t marked, so look for the wood-paneled building with a full mural and a yellow light over the door. Inside, high-backed booths, chandeliers and long velvet drapes provide the backdrop to e…