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Best Bars For Business Drinks In Chicago

Where do some of Chicago's top business people go for drinks and conversation? They go where bold décor and upscale clientele combine to create an atmosphere that is energizing and makes for engaging discussions. They are also sure to frequent places where there is a dependable waitstaff and a liquor and wine list that are sure to fit a variety of tastes. Whether you want to impress a client or meet for drinks with coworkers, you want to make sure your choice in your location reflects your personal style. Take a note from the those that know, bring your sharpest suit (and your wallet) and grab a table at these top Chicago hot spots. You may find yourself in the company of some of Chicago's business powerhouses.


The Grillroom
33 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 960-0000

The convenient location in the Loop is one of the attractive elements that make the Grillroom a popular place to meet clients and do deals. The drinks are great and range from classic Scotch to more trendy drinks like the pomegranate margarita and the berry sangria. Don't be surprised if you end up ordering an appetizer like the kung pao shrimp or blackened filet sliders to go along with your drinks.

Bull & Bear
431 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5973

Just because you are meeting a client for drinks, doesn't mean it has to be in a stuffy setting. Bull and Bear has a casual approach to the business lunch, with a new twist on an old school décor. Talk business over whiskey, bourbon or a house specialty like the broker's breakfast. You might find yourself ordering a bite like the blue chip burger or the chicken tortilla soup, too.


172 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 917-5608

Those working in the financial district have many food and drink choices, and amongst the best of them is IPO for a place to discuss projects and opportunities. Try out a signature cocktail like the executive or a champagne cocktail. You may find the lobster mac and cheese, the quinoa and artichokes and the Cubano sandwich as tempting additions to your drinks.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse
300 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-1800

One visit to Chicago Cut Steakhouse and you'll know why it's so popular with Chicago's most successful business people. The design is beautiful and it makes for great conversation for those who come to meet for drinks and dining. Discuss your business plan with new clients while enjoying drinks like a bottle of Great Lakes Eliot Ness Beer or a serving of rum like Atlantico Platino. And who can leave without eating a great steak like Chicago Cut's prime filet mignon?

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Gene And Georgetti
500 N. Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-3718

Chicago's power players have frequented Gene and Georgetti for decades. Enjoy wines like pinot grigio by the glass or even a glass of champagne. While you're here, you may find it hard not to order something from the menu, like the Italian sausage and peppers or even the broiled bone-in rib eye steaks.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at

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