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The 6 best Manhattans in Chicago

Chicago whips up some of the best Manhattans you can find, with a nice rye bite and a sweet vermouth finish

By Elizabeth Atkinson

Chicago may not be the birthplace of the Manhattan, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to do the cocktail right. From cheaper Manhattans to splurging on something that's totally unique, Chicago's best bartenders whip up some of the best you can get. 

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Hunter's Moon at Cindy's
Photograph: Courtesy Cindy's

The Hunter's Moon at Cindy's

Restaurants Contemporary American Loop

Feeling luxurious and love Scotch? Head to the rooftop bar at the Chicago Athletic Association and grab the Hunter's Moon. It's a take on a Manhattan with Bruichladdich Scotch, Lustau Dry Amontillado Sherry and Amaro Meletti. $18.

Photograph: Max Herman

Manhattan at Delilah’s

Bars Dive bars Sheffield & DePaul

With one of the most insanely huge whiskey collections in the city, Delilah's is a shoe-in for a Manhattan. Ask your server what would go best in the classic cocktail. They're sure to point you in the right direction, regardless of price. Price varies.

Manhattan at The Heavy Feather

Bars Cocktail bars Logan Square

The Heavy Feather dedicates an entire night to the Manhattan. On Mondays, the Logan Square bar has four variations, including the reliable house Manhattan (offered every day) with High West Double Rye, Dolin Rouge and house bitters. It's smooth but has a distinctive rye bite with a fruity finish. You'll also find two rotating Manhattans, and you can always count on a lower priced "Blue Collar" Manhattan. $6–$12.


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