The 7 best Irish coffees in Chicago

If you're looking for a morning pick-me-up that also has a bit of kick, Chicago serves up some great Irish coffees
GreenRiver's Irish Coffee
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Bloody Marys and mimosas not your thing in the morning? Get your morning buzz on with an Irish coffee, with hot coffee and whiskey topped with cream. Chicago has some really great ones. Try them at one of the city's best Irish pubs or top cocktail bars.

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Restaurants, Coffee shops

Whiskey & Cream at C.C. Ferns Coffee

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Catch up with a friend over coffee at this adorable Humboldt Park coffee shop. They have a great "boozy steamers" list that includes a whiskey and cream, served in a coffee cup and topped with a bit of baking spice. It doesn't look like a traditional Irish coffee, but the whiskey comes in strong on first sip and ends with a great coffee note. $7.

Restaurants, American

Irish Coffee at the Gage

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It's no surprise that this Irish restaurant serves a mean Irish coffee and nails it with tradition. The cocktail is served in a clear glass with Jameson whiskey and Metric coffee topped with a sweet cream and granules of sugar. $12.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Best Friend's Mom at Analogue

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This twist on a classic adds Cherry Heering and a salted maraschino cherry on top of Cafe Du Monde coffee and Bank Note scotch. While the cherry makes it a tad sweeter than most, it's an easy sipper and a fantastic departure from the true classic Irish coffee. $10.

Bars, Pubs

Irish Coffee at Chief O’Neill’s Pub

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The menu reads that the cream is "rich as an Irish Brogue," the coffee is "strong as a friendly hand," the sugar is "sweet as the tongue of a rogue Irish" and the whiskey is "smooth as the wit of the land." This traditional take on the Irish coffee embraces the spirit of the drink—a kick in the seat, strong and jolting. The cream floats down slowly through the coffee, bringing it a sweetness and full-bodied taste for anyone ready to start their morning with a spark. $8.

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Bars, Pubs

Irish Coffee at the Grafton

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If you're looking for your Irish coffee to be a bit on the sweet side, grab this rendition and cozy up by the fireplace in the back of the restaurant. The cream sits high on top of the coffee as you sip through the cocktail. $8.

GreenRiver's Irish Coffee
Photograph: Kailley Lindman
Bars, Cocktail bars

Irish Coffee at GreenRiver

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GreenRiver wins the cutest Irish coffee award. It's served in a dessert wine glass and has just enough cream peeking over the rim. It's super hot, so give it a second to sit once it arrives, but after that, it's warm and creamy. The coffee blends well with the cream. Don't expect a bite of whiskey out of this one, this Irish-inspired bar knows how to marry coffee and whiskey. $8.

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Bars, Cocktail bars

Irish Coffee at Drumbar

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This one's served with a toasted marshmallow on top, and while it's pretty, best to let it just be eye candy. The heavy cream that sits on top is sweet enough on its own, mixed with the coffee and whiskey turning to a thicker version of this wake-up call. $15.

How to make an Irish coffee

Irish coffee at Tom Bergin's
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Bars

How to make an Irish coffee

Irish whiskey, coffee, a little cream and sugar—there's not much to an Irish coffee, but when you're holed up in a bar on a chilly evening, it can seem like the only drink worth having

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