Beverage director Benjamin Schiller (Fifty/50 Group) conceives some well-crafted drinks that balance whimsy with familiarity. Take the Silly Rabbit, a gin-based drink with flavored (and colored) ice cubes presented in a highball and a carafe, to pour the cocktail over the ice and watch the colors slowly change—it’s tart and citrusy, despite colors that could tip it off as sugary. One of our favorites is the Spaceman Spiff—served in the top of a martini glass set inside a small fishbowl decorated as a terrarium, with swirls of cedar smoke for aromatics.
When it comes to the best bars in the city, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood have a ton of them, including dive bars, cocktail bars and beer bars. Whether you're looking for a cocktail that will challenge your ideas of these fancy drinks or just want to grab a beer at a place where everyone knows your name, you'll find it. Here's our guide to the best spots to grab a drink when you're in the area.
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