There are plenty of places to get a cocktail in Chicago, but some of the best drinks are made with the Bacardi family of spirits. Here you’ll find our guide to some of our favorite restaurants where you can find cocktails made with BACARDÍ, GREY GOOSE, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE, CAZADORES, PATRÓN, and more.
Take a trip to Miki’s Park’s neon illuminated “Tiger Bar” if you’re in need of a tropical getaway but just so happen to be stuck in River North. It’s tiny compared to the enormous clubs, rooftop lounges, and steakhouses around the neighborhood, so this spot is your go-to if you would like to be able to hear your date over your cocktails.
Bistronomic specializes in French classics like coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and housemade breads and pastries that pair perfectly with a cocktail, Grab a seat on their sidewalk set-up on a warm evening, or grab a martini kit to-go.
Go big or go home at Maple & Ash. The velvet and leather covered space is perfect for impressing a date, celebrating a milestone, or simply splurging in the name of self care. Head here to make all of your steak and seafood platter dreams come true, although you might need some assistance to figure out what to drink from their long, aptly named “cocktail journal.” It’s a doozy, but in the best way.
Located on the 18th floor of the Lavin Family Pavilion on the Northwestern Medicine Campus, Woodwind really brings back those liquid power lunch vibes. We aren’t doing many lunch meetings these days, but their rooftop patio is a perfect escape in Streeterville if you just miss the thrill of day drinking during the week.
ROOF on theWit
Another rooftop that deserves your attention now that the weather is heating up, this one is 27 floors up, with breathtaking views, and even better cocktails.
Osito’s Tap is inside a Little Village brownstone with a storied, illegal gambling ring past. You don’t need a secret password to get your hands on one of their cocktails, but with names like the “Johnny Come Lately” or “La Dama” the prohibition era vibes come through all the same.
This nightclub-y restaurant is originally out of Las Vegas, and stays true to it’s flashy roots with expertly plated Japanese-inspired menus and signature cocktails. Try their signature Tao-tini cocktail, a fresh take on a cosmopolitan with peach and rosemary essence and rum.
Frontier specializes in game and just generally enormous cuts of meat and whole animal presentations. You’ll definitely need a cocktail to prepare for dinner, and probably another to help you recover.
Deuces and The Diamond Club
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, two-story Deuce’s (a street level sports bar) & The Diamond Club (a posh lounge on the second floor) has a drink and a vibe to match your mood. Watch a Cubs game downstairs, or head upstairs for something quieter.
Black Barrel Tavern
West Loop’s Black Barrel Tavern is known for their burger, but the cocktails are worth paying attention to as well. Try the Fugin’ Banana, made with creme de banana, BACARDÍ Gold, cinnamon, and walnut bitters, and set on fire before arriving at your table
Azul Mariscos serves huge, Mexican-inspired seafood towers and platters, right along the river. Close your eyes and you can almost pretend you’re on an actual Mexican beach.
Etta - River North
Etta’s newest River North location has the same menu as the Wicker Park original, plus a nice outdoor patio where you can unwind with a cocktail.
Ina Maes has excellent Cajun- and Creole-inspired fare, but the frozen cocktails and sno-balls they dole out from a takeout window are the real treat. Now that the weather is heating up, plan to grab one to enjoy while you stroll through Wicker Park browsing shop windows until your table is ready.