This Lincoln Park rock & roll mainstay is known for its killer jukeboxes, music movies and concert films on the TVs and an insane whiskey collection—more than 800 varieties of bourbon, rye and Scotch whiskeys from 15 different countries, plus a few of Delilah’s own bottlings you won’t find anywhere else.
Chicago has long been a whiskey town—it was a Chicago bartender who first codified the recipe for the Old Fashioned, back in 1888. Over the past decade, though, the city has really become a whiskey lover’s paradise: At an increasing number of bars, from high-end to honky tonks, beverage directors are seeking out small-batch and single-barrel selections and snapping up vintage bottles for their reserve lists. Even the proudest dive bars and neighborhood pubs have learned to up their games, with shelves of bourbons, Scotches and ryes for drinkers who won’t settle for well whiskey anymore. (It’s probably no coincidence this trend has tracked with the rise of Chicago distilleries.) Read on for our picks for the best bars for whiskey drinkers in the city.