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All the best Chicago bars, including bar reviews and editors' picks

The jolliest holiday pop-up bars in Chicago
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The jolliest holiday pop-up bars in Chicago

Some of the best bars in Chicago are decked out in tinsel and string lights.

The 26 absolute best bars in Chicago
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The 26 absolute best bars in Chicago

Chicagoans don't discriminate when it comes to booze: We love guzzling craft beer, fancy cocktails, margaritas by the pitcher and interesting wines.

The best Chicago breweries
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The best Chicago breweries

You won't go thirsty at Chicago's finest breweries.

The best birthday party ideas for adults in Chicago
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The best birthday party ideas for adults in Chicago

We’re here to make party-planning a little bit easier.

The best alcohol delivery services in Chicago
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The best alcohol delivery services in Chicago

The best alcohol delivery services in Chicago can come in handy when you need a drink fast.

Latest bar reviews

Neon Wilderness
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Neon Wilderness

Equal parts neighborhood joint and refined cocktail bar, Brad Bolt’s good-humored watering hole is just what Wicker Park needed.

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Good Measure
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Good Measure

This snug, punk-tinged cocktail bar fills a void in River North and slings lip-smacking drinking food, to boot.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Ludlow Liquors
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Ludlow Liquors

Enterprising barchitects Wade McElroy and Jeff Donahue (Sportsman’s Club, Estereo) took another shot at reviving the beloved Orbit Room space in Avondale—this time with much success.

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Golden Teardrops
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Golden Teardrops

I can’t stop playing “Golden Teardrops,” the haunting 1953 single by Chicago doo-wop group the Flamingos. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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Cocktails in Chicago

The 7 best negronis in Chicago
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The 7 best negronis in Chicago

Try these different variations of the bitter Italian cocktail and you won't be let down.

The 11 best Bloody Marys in Chicago
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The 11 best Bloody Marys in Chicago

Chicago kicks ass when it comes to Bloody Marys

The 7 best old-fashioneds in Chicago
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The 7 best old-fashioneds in Chicago

Sometimes, you just want to pull up a seat at the bar, order some bar snacks and have a solid, well-balanced and well-mixed drink

The 10 best martinis in Chicago
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The 10 best martinis in Chicago

Whether you like yours cold as ice or with a piney gin, we found our favorites at Chicago's best cocktail bars, steakhouses and seafood joints

The 6 best Manhattans in Chicago
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The 6 best Manhattans in Chicago

Chicago's bartenders whip up some of the best of this classic cocktail

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Best beer bars
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Best beer bars

These beer bars cater both to craft beer snobs looking for extensive draft lists and those happy with just any old brew

Best wine bars
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Best wine bars

Enjoy wine and cheese, sauvignon blanc and other types of wine from Chicago's best sommeliers

Best cocktail bars
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Best cocktail bars

The best cocktail bars serve everything from classic Manhattans to drinks in skulls

Best gay bars
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Best gay bars

Boystown is the center of the gay scene in Chicago. But great gay bars can be found everywhere from downtown to Uptown

Best rooftop bars
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Best rooftop bars

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

Best outdoor bars
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Best outdoor bars

After months spent huddling around fireplaces, you deserve a drink

See all of Chicago's best bars