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15 shareable punches and large-format drinks to order

These bars and restaurants serve punches and large-format drinks for big parties or just a small crew with a great thirst.

The Dawson serves Octopus' Garden for large groups.
Photo: Nicole Ess The Dawson serves Octopus' Garden for large groups.

Whether it's a birthday party or just a Friday night, when the evening calls for sharing a cocktail with friends, these Chicago restaurants and bars have you covered. From a punch that serves your 20 closest friends on a hot rooftop bar to smoothies built for two, try these extra large options the next time you're out.

Fish Bowl #3
Courtesy Analogue
Bars, Cocktail bars

Fishbowls at Analogue

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Logan Square cocktail bar Analogue serves two large fishbowls for $36 apiece. The #3 has rum, cognac, sherry and pineapple, while #5 is made with bourbon, ginger beer, black tea, honey and Angostura.

Gold Coast cocktail
Courtesy BIG Bar
Bars, Hotel bars

Very Big Cocktails at BIG Bar

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BIG Bar offers all their cocktails, like a mule with Bulleit bourbon, lime and ginger beer, in two formats—Big and Very Big. The Very Big cocktails start at $38 and go up from there, and can serve two or more people.

The Grey Garden
Courtesy Cindy's
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Apothecary Service at Cindy's

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Chicago Athletic Association rooftop bar Cindy's offers an "apothecary service" that serves 20 people. The Grey Garden is a mix of vodka and creme de violette with tea and lemon, while the Kick in the Daisy is a spicy drink with ancho-infused tequila and watermelon juice. The drinks are $250 each.

Octopus' Garden
Photo: Nicole Ess
Restaurants, American

Large-Scale Cocktails at The Dawson

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The Dawson serves five cocktails in various sizes, from Botija Nueva No. 2, which serves 3-5 and has brandy, Grand Marnier and pomegranate for $48. The largest one, Octopus' Garden, serves 6-12 and is made with rum, cognac, strawberry, grapefruit and other ingredients, and costs $200.

Rising Sun Punch
Courtesy Elle on the River
Bars, Cocktail bars

Rising Sun Punch at Elle On The River

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Elle on the River offers a variety of punches—a single glass is $10, and you'll save some cash by bringing friends—a punch for 10 is $75 and a serving for 20 is $150.

Punch Bowl
Courtesy Frontier
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Punches at Frontier's

icon-location-pin River West/West Town

Frontier offers three punches that serve up to six people, like the Raspberry Gin Buck, with gin, raspberry-basil syrup, lime and ginger beer. The punches are $55 each.

Hemingway Daquiri
Courtesy the Jimmy
Bars, Cocktail bars

Community Cocktails at the Jimmy

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The Jimmy's summer cocktail list includes three pitcher drinks that serve 8 and cost $65. The bourbon tea is sweet with a bite, the Hemingway daiquiri is tart and sour and the Pimm's cup is refreshing with ginger beer and gin.

Lost Lake is one of the best bars in Chicago.
Photograph: Martha Williams
Bars, Cocktail bars

Drinks to Share at Lost Lake

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Lost Lake has four large cocktails to share with others. The cocktails range from $25 to $45 and include Wave of Mutilation/A Fish Tank Needs Sharks, with dark rum and cinnamon, and the Lima Lima Scorpion Bowl with gin and passionfruit.

Wake Up and Gin
Photo: Chloe List
Restaurants, Seafood

Cocktail Pitchers at Nico Osteria

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Nico serves three different cocktails in pitchers—a traditional Bloody Mary, Wake Up and Gin with canteloupe-orange juice and prosecco and the Sandia Fix with tequila, lime cordial and watermelon bitters. They're $55 a pitcher and serve 4-6.

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