10 Perfect End-Of-Summer Cocktails in Chicago
Though the season of perfect patio weather and afternoons of endless imbibing won’t be here forever, it’s still not too late to savor a delicious, crafty cocktail in the Windy City alongside delectable food and drink.
Not sure where to toss back a late-summer libation? Check out our top 10 end-of-summer cocktail picks and the Chicago restaurants where you can find them.
Asta Collins: The Violet Hour
Tucked away in Wicker Park, The Violet Hour’s cocktail menu focuses on pre-prohibition-style cocktails that pack a flavorful punch. Check out the Asta Collins for a light, fizzy drink with vodka, lime, grapefruit, Campari and soda.
Salty Dog: Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday knows a thing or two about craft eats and cocktails, and the venue in Logan Square isn’t afraid to experiment with flavors. Margarita fans will savor the Salty Dog, a brackish cocktail made with aquavit, grapefruit, myrtle berry, lime and Hawaiian black sea salt.
Garden Party: The Betty
The Betty is a go-to West Loop neighborhood joint for delicious, shareable fare and cocktails alike. Get your daily dose of veggies with the Garden Party, made with rutte celery gin, Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, lime, lemon and celery-infused dolin blanc.
Forbidden Fruit: Sable Kitchen & Bar
Applauded as one of the “10 Best Restaurant Bars in Chicago” by USA Today, Sable Kitchen & Bar’s cocktail menu isn’t one to miss. Have a summer fling with the Forbidden Fruit, made with vodka, green chartreuse, spiced pineapple, lime, tonic and a dash of unique celery bitters.
Stranger in Paradise: Lost Lake
It’s always tiki o’clock at Lost Lake, a tropical cocktail bar just outside of Chicago’s Logan Square. The Stranger in Paradise puts a spicy, tropical spin on tequila, with reposado tequila, rhum agricole blanc, falernum, cinnamon, allspice, angostura, bitters and absinthe.
From Chile, With Love: Punch House
Walk down into the basement of Thalia Hall and you’ll find Punch House, a vintage-inspired cocktail bar. Sip on the From Chile, With Love while you’re there, a punch cocktail made with pisco, pomegranate, linden flower, lime and sparkling wine.
Miss Peaches: The Whistler
If you’re looking for a laid-back vibe with great music to accompany your cocktail, look no further than The Whistler. Sip on the sweetly crafted Miss Peaches, made with tequila reposado, peach, spiced black tea, amaro, lemon and bitters.
Feel Good Hit of the Summer: The Berkshire Room
Located in the Acme Hotel, The Berkshire Room is a craft cocktail bar that evokes feelings of a former era. Mint julep fan? Sip on the Feel Good Hit of the Summer—made with Jim Beam, lemon, honey-vanilla syrup, strega and mint powder, it’s the perfect mix of refreshing and flavorful.
Detox to Retox: Broken Shaker
Touting a Chicago-inspired cocktail menu, Broken Shaker is a go-to spot for craft cocktails with serious heart. Don’t miss the spicy and flavorful Detox to Retox Margarita, made with olmeca altos blanco tequila and ancho verde, shaken with grapes, shishito peppers, pineapple and lime.
Flight of the Concord: Rhine Hall Distillery
Rhine Hall Distillery is a family-run distillery with a knack for using their brandy to make delicious cocktails. Visit the small-batch purveyor and grab the Flight of the Concord, a grappa cocktail mixed with creme de violette, lemon juice and topped with a flower garnish.