Where To Get A G&T And Give Back In Chicago
16 spots to get a Botanist & Tonic and support the Independent Restaurant Coalition.
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It may be a simple cocktail, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an art to making a gin and tonic. The secret? Make sure you order one with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.
To celebrate the hopeful spring season and support local bars and restaurants as they rebuild for the future, The Botanist is donating $5 to the Independent Restaurant Coalition for every Botanist & Tonic sold during April and May, up to a total donation of $25,000. Kicking off on National Gin & Tonic Day on April 9, here are some participating locations to find a Botanist & Tonic in Chicago.
The Dandy Crown in River West scores major points in three key areas. One, they’ve got a heated patio. Two, it’s got two beautiful floral murals, and three, they’ve got Botanist & Tonics. You can welcome spring (and this unseasonably warm weather) by enjoying a cocktail on their patio, along with some of their delicious adobo brussel sprouts.
Where would the world be without the gin and tonic? Thankfully we’ll never know, and Proxi in Fulton Market is one of the reasons why. You can sip your cocktail at this American brasserie by dining in (reservations are limited) or by ordering take out via their website.
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Sure Neon Wilderness has a bevy of champagne, beer, and spirits, but importantly for our purposes, they’ve also got very good Botanist & Tonics. They’re open late night so have one (or a few) at the Wicker Park bar whenever you like.
Pizza Lobo is relatively new, but it understands Chicago is a pizza kind of town (to say the least). They also get that pizza goes with everything, including cocktails. They’ve got plenty of toppings and plenty of drinks, along with many ways to enjoy both - including a pick-up window, a heated patio, and of course by dining in.
Bernie’s is excellent at a lot of things – burgers, gnocchi, short rib, and of course, craft cocktails. They pour up their version of the gin and tonic – the Fruity – by mixing The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, limoncello, elderflower tonic, and a butterfly pea flower infusion.
Marvin’s version of a gin and tonic involves The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, lemon, basil, black peppercorn syrup, grapefruit, and tonic. Enjoy one on their four-season outdoor patio in the West Loop or indoors at their newly expanded bar while snacking on some of their Thai chili glazed grilled chicken wings.
photo credit: Sandy Noto
Beatnik On The River
The sibling location of Beatnik in West Town, except, true to the name, this one has scenic views of the Chicago River from the Loop. Pair your Botanist & Tonic with the scallops with jamón ibérico or the roasted romanesco.
The atmosphere is the thing at Beatnik, where you can drink your gin and tonic surrounded by chandeliers, plants, and an ornate Balinese day bed.
This upscale-casual gastropub in Crystal Lake serves up at least eight different types of potatoes and a host of gourmet sandwiches and burgers, all great dishes to accompany your Botanist & Tonic.
The Sophy is a new boutique hotel in Hyde Park with a sophisticated vibe, so it’s a given they offer Botanist and tonics. It’s the kind of place that really elevates the clean simplicity of a gin and tonic by garnishing it with a slice of citrus or fresh herbs to the whole experience to the next level. Good thing we like fancy.
Straight-edge razors plus Botanist & Tonics equals classic. Get a cocktail Thursday to Saturday at the Fulton Market Backroom Bar where a DJ is always spinning the latest hits.
Good Measure is permanently closed
How about a gin and tonic for Good Measure? You can get one here starting April 2nd for takeout and April 7th for dine in. Pair your drink with one of their incredible burgers for a good time.
What do tacos and Botanist & Tonics have in common? They both go with everything. Have a few of both at the River North bar that is now accepting limited indoor reservations.
It’s always a good time at Persona and a Botanist & Tonic would only take it up a notch. Listening to a live DJ set Thursday to Saturday at this South Loop spot is the perfect way to enjoy a cocktail in our books.
The Violet Hour
The Violet Hour has a James Beard Award, so you can imagine how good a Botanist & Tonic will be here. Sip your drink on the bar’s patio or while enjoying its ever changing indoor mural.
Kumiko is holding off on indoor dining, but you can still get your fix with Kumiko Omochi-Kaeri, which translates to, “pick up and take home.” Pair a Two Island Gin & Tonic (made with The Botanist, yuzu-saké, tonic, mint, and salt) with this Fulton Market bar’s new bay scallop salad: Peruvian bay scallops basted in brown butter with fresh citrus supremes, purple and green daikon, dressed with a winter citrus ponzu and yuzu extra virgin olive oil, dusted with cracked black sesame seeds.