If you say you're having your birthday party at Alice's, your friends better know to bring it. This long, wood-paneled bar is helmed by a few middle-aged women who mix huge batches of kamikazes and sell them for $2 a pop—but the real draw here is karaoke. Oh, and if you arrive to a locked door, don't be discouraged. Just ring the bell over and over again (sometimes the bartenders can’t hear it over yet another version of “Don’t Stop Believin’”).
Whether you're a birthday diva or hate the attention, planning a party can be stressful. Chicago has no shortage of fantastic birthday party options for adults, but some years you just want to pile all your friends in a bar and call it a night. From spacious beer gardens to sophisticated cocktail havens, we rounded up the best celebration-friendly watering holes in the city.