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Best Places To Drink A Daiquiri In Chicago

There are several things that we can thank the legendary American writer, Ernest Hemingway, for - his virile way of stringing words together to create some of literature's best loved novels and short stories, but also something a little less known - the popularity of a drink called the daiquiri. It was during Hemingway's time spent in Cuba that he discovered the delicious and potent beverage, and partly as a result of his discovery the drink soon became known in American. Now a days, the daiquiri is listed as one of the six basic drinks alongside the Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and others. With the wide variety of flavors and styles available, it's a cocktail that never gets old. You don't even have to go somewhere tropical to enjoy one either, here are some of the best places to drink a daiquiri right here in Chicago.
Three Dots and a Dash
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Three Dots And A Dash
435 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL. 60654
(312) 610-4220

Located on the Near North Side of Chicago, Three Dots and a Dash is an island paradise smack dab in the middle of a big ole metropolitan city. Leave the lights and sounds of the city behind as you reach the entrance through the alley between Hubbard and Illinois Streets, and experience a modern take on a classic tiki bar. While sampling food items like the Big Kahuna Burges and Lanai Luau Chips it's easy to get lost in the selection of cocktails, but the one that's a must-try is their special Banana Daiquiri with a seductive blend of rum, lime, coconut and banana. Open nightly for dinner until the wee hours of the morning, Three Dots and a Dash provides a vacation without ever leaving Chicago.

Garifuna Flava
2518 W. 63rd. St.
Chicago, IL. 60629
(773) 776-7440

Everyone should visit the beautiful country of Belize at some point in their lives, but until you can get there, you can explore a taste of Belize right here in the Windy City. At Garifuna Flave on the city's Marquette Park/Chicago Lawn area, come explore the foods and drinks of Central American Eden. Give Garifuna Flava's Jerk Tacos, Conch Fritters, and Panades (corn patties stuff with sautéed buffalo fish) a try while sipping their specialty cocktails, one of which is their silky smooth daiquiri. With a relaxing vibe and the ability to sample some of the lesser known Central American cuisines, Garifuna Flava will soon become a favorite for dinner and cocktails.

Graham Elliot Bistro
841 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL. 60607
(312) 888-2258

With a special focus on technique and craft cooking, Graham Elliot Bistro is a drinking and dining adventure. Located in Chicago's West Loop area along the Randolph Street "Restaurant Row," Graham Elliot Bistro is the creation of critically acclaimed chef and television personality, Graham Elliot. Delight in a plate of their Lobster Ravioli or Beef Tartare while seated in the warm air on Graham Elliot Bistro's gorgeous cobblestone patio. And be sure to try their one-of-a-kind daiquiri made with over-proofed rum, allspice, and lime.

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Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL. 60601
(312) 565-1234

We all know that Chicago is the home of "Da Bears" and "Da Bulls," but did you know that you can also find "Da Daiquiri" here as well? Tucked away in the Loop's Hyatt Recency Chicago, the stunning BIG Bar has got something for everyone. With 90'' televisions showing all the must-see games, BIG Bar has got 30 signature cocktails and more than 50 imported and domestic beers as well as some great food items like the Big Burger and the Chicago-style Foot Long Hot Dog. And let us not forget Da Daiquiri in original, mango, strawberry, and raspberry flavors, served frozen and made with Bacardi Silver, lime and love.

Oak Street Beach Food + Drink
1001 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL. 60611
(312) 988-4650

As Chicago's temps keep warming up, soon we'll all be making plans to visit the beach and all of Lake Michigan's glory. And if you're headed to Oak Street Beach be sure to stop by Oak Street Beach Food + Drink during your visit. Either for lunch, dinner, or just a beach-day snack, Oak Street Beach Food + Drink has got everything from burgers to salads to beefs, as well as an amazing bar and cocktail selection. And for one of the most amazing beverage experiences in all of the city, try the Oak Street "Frozen Trio" which features three tiers of frozen yumminess: Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri and Mango Frozen Ale - you'll be ruined for all other cocktails going forward...but you won't complain about that one bit!

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Soon after earning her BA in journalism, Melanie Falina began writing about one of the loves of her life - music. Since then, she's covered some of the biggest names in music, in addition to writing on an array of other topics as well. She has written for Black Belt magazine, KISS: The Official Authorized Quarterly Magazine, Examiner,, Yahoo Voices, and more, and was editor for Don Lemmon's KNOW HOW Book Three, Refuse To Fail. Melanie is also a poet with six published collections of poetry available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various establishments.
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