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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

Photograph: Clayton Hauck Parson's Chicken & Fish

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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California Clipper
Photograph: Kari Skaflen
Bars, Cocktail bars

Improved Whiskey Cocktail at California Clipper

icon-location-pin Humboldt Park

California Clipper mixes things up a bit with its own take on a Manhattan, keeping to the traditional ingredients, but subbing out sweet vermouth for demerara and absinthe. $10.

Hunter's Moon at Cindy's
Photograph: Courtesy Cindy's
Restaurants, Contemporary American

The Hunter's Moon at Cindy's

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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
Bars, Dive bars

Manhattan at Delilah’s

icon-location-pin 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.

Bars, Cocktail bars

Manhattan at The Heavy Feather

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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.

Photograph: Jeremy Bolen
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Longman Manhattan at Longman & Eagle

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Longman & Eagle knows its whiskey and makes a great traditional Manhattan. Try theirs, with Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Punt é Mes, Angostura bitters and cherry bitters. $9.

Photograph: Clayton Hauck
Restaurants, Soul and southern American

Red Hook at Parson's Chicken & Fish

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For a take on a traditional Manhattan, head to Parson's Chicken & Fish and grab the Red Hook. Think traditional Manhattan with an added dash of fruity maraschino. $8.

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