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Best Cocktail Bars In Chicago

By Angela Hazen

After a long workday, it's great to unwind from the day with a cocktail at an establishment with a lively crowd, dynamic décor and service with a smile. While most places offer classic drinks, many bars serve house cocktails that are so creative, you can't wait to try them. There are an innumerable amount of terrific bars ranging from hip to classic in Chicago, and these are some of the best.

CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar
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CH Distillery
564 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 707-8780

The Eastern Empress and the Baron Takes Tea are some of the cocktails served at CH Distillery on Randolph. This is a real distillery, and it created an amazing scene for its patrons by giving them a view of it from the bar. Enjoy the food, CH serves up corned duck and red caviar, along with the terrific cocktails. CH Distillery is Chicago's first distillery and bar, and will attract crowds for years to come.

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The Drawing Room
937 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-2694

The classic décor of The Drawing Room on Rush reminds patrons of a time gone by. This Gold Coast destination offers a mixture of delicious drinks and food in a wonderful atmosphere. Try a Charlie's Manhattan, a By Hook or By Crook or a Jack Rose. The meals, like the grilled Hampshire pork chop and the grilled lamb burger, are a great reason to visit The Drawing Room alone. The excellent service makes the cocktails and food well worth the trip.

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Double A
108 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-9555

Get another take on cocktails at Double A on Kinzie. Tacos and rice and beans are some of the eats that the younger crowd that ventures here enjoy. Double A has choices like the ensaladas and flautas, along with a wonderful cocktail menu. Try the From Sean to Dusk, The Summer Cloud and the Double Daaisy for cocktails. Have a great night out and terrific cocktails and food at Double A.

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111 W. Kinzie St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 880-1511

Get a meal big enough to share while enjoying great cocktails at Untitled Chicago. This Kinzie Street gem is edgy and classic at the same time, with an enormous wall of liquor that can lead to endless drink possibilities. Try a Grasshopper, an Emerald Smash or Satchmo's Sipper. For a meal, try the Skuna Bay salmon or the foraged mushroom pasta. Delicious cocktails and food await you at Untitled.

Barrelhouse Flat
2624 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-0421

A relaxed atmosphere will greet you when you enter the Barrelhouse Flat on Lincoln. The knowledgeable mixologists serve up both classic and house drinks that make for pleasant conversation. Enjoy the Dark N' Stormy, the South Side and the Cablegram. For the house cocktails, try the More Cowbell or the Harley Quinn. Barrelhouse Flat has distinctive meals, like the breakfast for dinner and the Barrelhouse griddle burger.

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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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