Best bars in Chicago: Our picks for every type of drink

Navigate one of the world's premier drinking cities with this guide to the best bars in Chicago, from craft-beer meccas to the trendiest cocktails bars.

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Best beer bars for craft beer, draft beer and more in Chicago: Haymarket

Best beer bars for craft beer, draft beer and more in Chicago: Haymarket Photograph: Michael Jarecki

Chicago has a bar on practically every corner. Translation: This town is a drinker's paradise. From awesome outdoor drinking spots to dive bars that stay open until the wee hours of the morning, the drinking options in Chicago are limitless. Whether you're looking for the best craft beer in the city, top-notch wine or elaborately made cocktails, you'll find it here in our picks for the best bars in Chicago.


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Best rooftop bars

Nothing beats drinking at a rooftop bar with a great view of Chicago.

Best wine bars

Check out the best red and white from the city's top sommeliers.

Best beer bars

Pull up a stool and enjoy a frosty pint of craft beer, draft beer and more.

Best sports bars

Cheap beer, good food & plenty of TVs.

Best gay bars

Great gay bars can be found everywhere from downtown to Uptown.

Best cocktail bars

Crafting cocktails is an artform at these top-notch bars and lounges.

Best dive bars

Low-key nights, greasy snacks, and cheap beer and cocktails.

Best karaoke bars

Pick up a mic and let loose.



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