The Best Cocktail Spots in Downtown Chicago

It’s a big city, but we’ve got the lowdown on the best cocktail spots.

Fulton Grace is here to help you pick the perfect spot for your weekend drinks.

The Milk Room
12 S Michigan Ave
Inside the Chicago Athletic Association is The Milk Room, where a speakeasy in downtown Chicago comes to life. Cocktails with rare ingredients? Count us in.

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Credit: Milk Room via Tock

Three Dots and a Dash
435 N Clark St
You’ve probably heard of Three Dots and a Dash, and there’s a reason it makes every list. Flaming drinks? They’ve got them. Over 200 rums? They have that, too.

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Credit: Three Dots and a Dash via Yelp

660 W Lake St
Moneygun is a laid back, intimate spot with delicious cocktails, cozy booths, and neons. The ambiance is very real, here.


Credit: Clayton Hauck via Timeout

2 W Erie St
Atop the Dana Hotel rests swanky Apogee, where you’ll discover other-wordly cocktails looking like they’ve emerged from your favorite sci-fi novel.

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Credit: Apogee

112 W Grand Ave
High ceilings, swanky digs, and globally inspired cocktails. Each part of Arbella is completely unique, and worth checking out.

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Credit: Arbella

12 W Elm St
In an art deco, 1927 building rests Sparrow, where a small European wine list, 10 rotating draft handles, and cocktails worth drooling over.


Credit: Sparrow

74 W Illinois St
Mouthwatering cocktails at Ema are paired with Mediterranean small plates and emphasized by an airy setting.


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Drawing Room
12 S Michigan Ave
Old world classics– from the decor to the drinks– are the staple at Drawing Room. You’ll find yourself passing many hours in one of the cozy spots, delicious drink in hand.

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Credit: The Drawing Room/Chicago Athletic Association

The Aviary
955 W Fulton Market
Creativity is the deal at The Aviary, where you’ll be immediately “wow’d” by the presentation of each cocktail, and will want to return many times over.

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Credit: Allen Hemberger/The Aviary

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