The best bars in Chicago

Navigate one of the world's best drinking cities with this guide to the best bars in Chicago, from beer to cocktails

Photograph: Nick Murway

Chicagoans don't discriminate when it comes to booze: We love guzzling craft beer, fancy cocktails, margaritas by the pitcher and interesting wines. Our city is a drinker's paradise with options that run the gamut—from age-old dives and secret speakeasies to ritzy rooftops and watering holes open till 4am. No matter what neighborhood you find yourself in, there's sure to be a bartender waiting to fix you a drink. Consider this your exhaustive guide to Chicago's always-evolving bar scene. Oh, and when you're done, here's where to find the city's best late-night food.

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Best bars in Chicago by type

Wine bars
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Wine bars

Check out the best wines from the city's top sommeliers

Cocktail bars
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Cocktail bars

Crafting cocktails is an art form

Whiskey bars
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Whiskey bars

Chicago won’t settle for well whiskey anymore

Rooftop bars
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Rooftop bars

Nothing beats drinking at a rooftop bar with a great view

Gay bars
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Gay bars

Find great gay bars everywhere from Uptown to downtown

Beer bars
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Beer bars

Pull up a stool and enjoy a frosty pint of craft beer

Sports bars
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Sports bars

Cheap beer, good food and plenty of TVs

Dive bars
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Dive bars

Low-key nights, greasy snacks and cheap beer

Karaoke bars
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Karaoke bars

Pick up a mic and let loose

Outdoor bars
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Outdoor bars

You survived the winter—you deserve a drink

Best bars in Chicago by neighborhood

Logan Square
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Logan Square

Logan is the epicenter of cocktail bars

Pilsen
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Pilsen

The neighborhood mostly offers low-key bars, but they're places that pay attention to drinks

The Loop
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The Loop

Blow off some post-work steam

Lincoln Park
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Lincoln Park

There are plenty of gems, if you know where to look

Humboldt Park
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Humboldt Park

Get ready to become a regular at some of the best bars in Humboldt Park

Hyde Park
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Hyde Park

Hyde Park bars range from music venues to dive bars

Wicker Park & Bucktown
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Wicker Park & Bucktown

Some of the city's best bars are here

Lakeview
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Lakeview

Sing karaoke, play bar games or relax after work with a craft beer at one of the bars in Lakeview

River North & Streeterville
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River North & Streeterville

It's one of the city's greatest concentrations of cocktail bars 

Bridgeport
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Bridgeport

These all have a low-key vibe

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