6 Destinations For Negronis In Chicago

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Comprised of only three simple ingredients (gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, in case you were wondering), the negroni is a classic cocktail that has made a big comeback in recent years.

In the mood to toss one back? Below are six destinations in Chicago where you can sit back, relax and feel every bit as classy as this beverage. 

Parson’s Chicken and Fish: Located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, Parson’s Chicken and Fish specializes in serving up down-home eats and drinks in a quaint setting. After you chow down some Parson’s hot chicken, chase your meal with the restaurant’s infamous drink: The Original Negroni Slushy. Made with Letherbee gin, Luxardo bitter, sweet vermouth and citrus, this inventive take on the negroni packs a frozen punch.

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The Berkshire Room: Step inside the ritzy Acme Hotel and you’ll find The Berkshire Room, one of Chicago’s most acclaimed cocktail bars. The bar places a heavy emphasis on crafting barrel-aged and house cocktails, with each recipe created by general manager Christian Hetter. You’ll love the Continuous Negroni, which is made with the traditional gin, Campari and vermouth combination, but is aged in a Pappy van Winkle barrel.

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Osteria Langhe: Rustic, eye-catching and full of charm, Osteria Langhe pays homage to traditional Italian fare from Italy’s Piemonte region. While dining on decadent dishes like the truffle-topped gnocchi and toast del giorno, don’t forget to grab a negroni, which comes in three varieties. The Negroni Classico is perfect for negroni purists (Broker’s gin, Cappelleitti, Cocchi Di Torino), while the Negroni Americano offers a slightly lighter drinking experience (Cappelleitti, Cocchi Di Torino, soda). In the mood for a little bubbly? The Negroni Sbagliato is calling your name, made with Cappelleitti, Cocchi Vermouth Di Torino and sparkling wine.

Ada Street: Located just north of Wicker Park is Ada Street, a warm and inviting eatery that focuses on crafting delicious New American-Mediterranean fare. Stop in for an indulgent and flavorful dining experience, with dinner dishes that include miso marinated salmon, steak tartare, pork adobo and more. Order a classic negroni from the bar, or if you’re feeling adventurous, incorporate a negroni into your dessert course: the menu features a Negroni Panna Cotta, complete with passionfruit, Tanqueray gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and candied orange.

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Celeste: Head over to Chicago’s River North neighborhood to check out Celeste, an upscale bar that’s inspired by turn-of-the-century Chicago. Warm and rustic, cocktails here celebrate flavors and ingredients of years past, and offers patrons three different settings in which to drink: the lower-level bar, the second floor Deco Room or the outdoor garden in warmer months. Grab a classic negroni and enjoy this bar’s gorgeous, polished setting.

Twisted Spoke: If a biker bar vibe is up your alley, don’t miss Chicago’s Twisted Spoke. This no-frills eatery serves up all of the dishes that are fit for curing a hangover, like bacon tempura, jalapeño poppers, BBQ nachos and more alongside surprisingly crafty cocktails. Chase your hearty meal with one of the restaurant’s negronis, made with all of the gin, Campari and vermouth that your heart desires.

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