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The 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

Erin Yarnall
Written by
Elizabeth Atkinson
&
Erin Yarnall
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Bloody Marys and mimosas not your thing in the morning? Get your morning buzz on with an Irish coffee, which of course, contains hot coffee, but also contains whiskey and is always topped with cream. You don’t even have to travel to Dublin to get them, as Chicago boasts some really great ones. You can try them at one of the city's best Irish pubs and top cocktail bars, or stop by one of our choices for the best Irish coffees in Chicago.

Best Irish coffees in Chicago

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Loop
  • price 2 of 4

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 Kilbeggan Irish whiskey, Demerara syrup and coffee, topped with whipped cream.

  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Lincoln Square
  • price 1 of 4

It's called the Trad-Irish-nal Coffee, so if you're looking for a classic, traditional cup of Irish coffee, 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. $10.

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  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • price 2 of 4

While D4 is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, it’s entire motif centers around the city of Dublin, so it only makes sense that this Irish-minded pub would serve up a delicious cup of Irish coffee. D4’s version is made with Bushmill’s whiskey, coffee, whipped cream and also contains a Demerara sugar cube to make it extra sweet. $10.

  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

Decked out so it looks almost identical to any pub you’d step into in Ireland, Fado has all of the traditional elements of Irish coffee in their rendition of the beloved drink—Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey, hot coffee and cream, but the Irish pub puts their own twist on the beverage by adding both brown sugar and cinnamon. $11.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Logan Square
  • price 2 of 4

Spilt Milk offers cocktails that are all fun, inventive takes on standard drinks, and its Irish coffee is no different—the Logan Square bar serves their rendition of the drink frozen. Rather than using hot coffee, Spilt Milk makes use of cold brew made with Metric coffee, as well as coffee liqueur and Tullamore D.E.W. Irish whiskey. $14.

  • Shopping
  • Bookstores
  • Lincoln Park
  • price 1 of 4

Part bookstore, part bar, Lincoln Park’s Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney offers an Irish coffee served with all of the staples—Jameson, coffee, sugar and whipped cream. Don’t expect to surf the web while you’re sipping on your Irish coffee, though. Kibbitznest emphasizes face-to-face conversation between its patrons, offering no wi-fi, but plenty of opportunities to talk to people over a book. $8.50.

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  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Lake View
  • price 2 of 4

Named for the just one of the many revered Irish writers, Oscar Wilde, Wilde Bar & Restaurant pays tribute to the Emerald Isle in more ways than just its name. It serves a steaming cup of Irish coffee the traditional way—Irish whiskey, coffee and cream. $10.50.

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