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The 8 best old-fashioneds in Chicago

Find the best spots in Chicago for one of the most popular and delicious classic cocktails, the old-fashioned

Phortograph: Clayton Hauck

Sometimes, you don't want to think too hard about your cocktail. You just want to pull up a seat at the bar, order some bar snacks and have a solid, well-balanced and well-mixed drink. Cue the old-fashioned—a great classic cocktail that highlights the bite of whiskey (like its other classic cocktail friend, the Manhattan) with a perfect hint of sweetness and citrus. You can find them most places, but we dug up some of the best in the city.

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Old Fashioned at Longman & Eagle's OSB

Longman & Eagle is well-known for its stellar food menu, but the bar out back (OSB) serves up a great, simple lineup of cocktails. The old-fashioned is no exception. Made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, three types of bitters, demerara and topped off with a touch of orange and lemon oil, it’s a delightful way to consume whiskey. —Clayton Guse

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Logan Square

Old Fashioned at Billy Sunday

This full-bodied twist on a classic is an old-fashioned in name and flavor, but its recipe only looks vaguely like the cocktail it's named for. It's filled with bourbon and cube sugar, but Billy Sunday adds Rabarbaro, a rhubarb liqueur, and other essential oils to add a little more body to the drink. —Elizabeth Atkinson

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Logan Square

Old Fashioned at the Violet Hour

For an old-fashioned that you can feel good about drinking, the Violet Hour comes through. It's simple but solid, with House Elijah Craig Bourbon, demerara and Angostura bitters. —EA

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Wicker Park

Old Fashioned at 1952 1/2 Liquorette

You'll find this southern-style whiskey bar in the back of Dixie, with a lush leather banquette and marble tables. Cocktails come with a twist on southern favorites, like the suissesse and a julep. We like the Old Fashioned, with 1952 1/2 Elijah Craig Selection, sugar and sarsparilla bitters. It's just a bit different with the comfort we search for in an Old Fashioned. —EA

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Nothing Noble at the Loyalist

The Nothing Noble has elements of an old-fashioned, with a bit of a twist. It's packed with bourbon, sweetened with demerara sugar, bittered with Amargo Vallet bitters, lemons and verbena for a refreshing kick. We think it's just right for cozying up in this dark lounge for the night, whether you kick your night off with it or hang out for the evening while munching on some seasonal snacks. —EA

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West Loop

Old Fashioned at Cindy's

With pretty views, hanging out on the rooftop at Cindy's is easy and the old-fashioned makes it even easier. Made with Old Forester 1897, demerara, Angostura bitters and garnished with an orange peel, this old-fashioned will please even a hardcore Manhattan drinker. —EA

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Old Fashioned at the Game Room

After hanging out at Cindy's head downstairs for a no-frills version of an old-fashioned. It's a great blend of bourbon with demerara sugar and bitters. With a twist of orange on top, this spirited cocktail is gonna help you be on your best shuffleboard game. —EA

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Make it at home

How to make an old-fashioned

One of the most simple, elemental creations in the tome of classic cocktails, the old-fashioned is the whiskey lover's gateway to the world of drinking

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