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

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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
Bars

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

West Loop
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West Loop

It's the city's hottest dining neighborhood, but the drinking scene is no slouch

Chinatown
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Chinatown

Karaoke bars and more

Evanston
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Evanston

Most college towns don't have bars this good

Boystown
Bars

Boystown

Whether you're looking for the best gay bars or a quiet place to grab a craft beer, here's where to drink

South Loop
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South Loop

The South Loop runs the gamut of nightlife options

Uptown
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Uptown

Uptown's bars have a ton of personality

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