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The Aviary

Bars, Lounges West Loop
4 out of 5 stars
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsLoaded to the Gunwalls cocktail at The Aviary.
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsO'Doyle Rules cocktail at The Aviary.
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsJuniper cocktail at The Aviary.
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsJuniper cocktail at The Aviary.
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsBeverage director Micah Melton at The Aviary

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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When Grant Achatz does a cocktail bar, it should go without saying that it's no ordinary cocktail bar. At the Aviary, which opened next door to Next in 2011, cocktails receive the same innovative treatment from beverage director Micah Melton as the food at Next or Alinea. That is to say, you should expect to drink cocktails like the Junglebird, a science experiment in liquid density, with layers of rum, campari, pineapple-lime syrup and rum "pearls" suspended in the drink. O'Doyle Rules comes with a fried banana snack on top of the rum-curry-cognac concoction, while Loaded to the Gunwalls is delivered with a single tapered candle. The drink, with pineapple, hazelnut and Batavia Arrack, is served in a glass ship in a bottle. You've never seen a drink like it, and given how rare a visit to the Aviary is, you may never again.

By: Amy Cavanaugh



Address: 955 W Fulton Market St

Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Morgan. Bus: 8, 20, 56, 65.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 6pm-2am (3am on Sat)
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