The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago
Analogue is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

1. Analogue

2523 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn N Sacramento Ave & W Logan Blvd), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 33 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Analogue marries craft cocktails and NOLA-inspired fare. With a rotating drink menu, “purls," & Cajun food in a room reminiscent of an 80s rock club you’ve got one of Chicago’s most idiosyncratic bars Read more.

The Aviary is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

2. The Aviary

8.7
955 W Fulton Market (at Morgan St.), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Fulton Market · 174 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Aviary exhibits dedication to innovation & theater, delivering cocktails in unexpected forms and flavors. This may not be your average bar, and that’s exactly the point. Read more.

The Berkshire Room is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

3. The Berkshire Room

8.7
15 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL
Bar · Near North Side · 71 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Berkshire Room oozes a cool, modern ambiance that hints at exclusivity. Nevertheless, the drinking agenda is decidedly democratic and the crowd ranges from locals & industry types to hotel guests. Read more.

Billy Sunday is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

4. Billy Sunday

8.8
3143 W Logan Blvd (Logan and Kedzie), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 72 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Billy Sunday is a sanctuary for bitters lovers, with a vast collection of vintage and modern amari. If you can decipher terms like wormwood, gentian, Fernet or kola nut, you’re in the right place. Read more.

Chicago Athletic Association is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

5. Chicago Athletic Association

9.2
12 S Michigan Ave (at E Madison St), Chicago, IL
Hotel · The Loop · 58 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: A boutique hotel housed in a dramatic 1890s building, The Chicago Athletic Association serves top-notch cocktails from multiple bars, including “The Game Room” (classics) and “Milk Room” (whiskey). Read more.

Longman & Eagle is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

6. Longman & Eagle

9.2
2657 N Kedzie Ave (at W Schubert Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Logan Square · 352 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: This mahogany-retrofitted, Michelin-starred gastropub is one of Chicago’s best causal restaurants. Its array of bar seating makes L&E a sure bet for a well-made Old-Fashioned any time of the day. Read more.

Scofflaw is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

7. Scofflaw

9.3
3201 W Armitage Ave (at Kedzie Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 148 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: This modern Victorian parlor has an impressive stash of gins from around the world. One-part hip living room, one-part casual saloon, the cocktails run the gamut from fresh and fruity to big and boozy Read more.

Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

8. Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago

8.6
19 E Ohio St (State), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Near North Side · 65 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Broken Shaker serves classics and “Chicago-Inspired” contemporaries. With names like “B#!ch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” the bartenders serve up some of the city’s best cocktails with a side of cheeky humor. Read more.

Lost Lake is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

9. Lost Lake

3154 W Diversey Ave (at Kedzie Blvd), Chicago, IL
Tiki Bar · Logan Square · 53 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Banana leaf-print wallpaper surrounds as Paul McGee & his team serve a menu that delves into the classic tiki canon, while still offering innovative options that McGee calls “slightly weirder.” Read more.

The Violet Hour is one of The Best Craft Cocktail Bars in Chicago.

10. The Violet Hour

8.9
1520 N Damen Ave (at Pierce Ave), Chicago, IL
Speakeasy · Wicker Park · 255 tips and reviews

PUNCHPUNCH: Violet Hour exudes a 1920s speakeasy vibe. While the drinks are innovative, the bar remains old-school: Don’t be surprised if the bartender gives you a sideways look when you pull out your cell phone. Read more.