These Chicago Mocktails are No Joke

All of the flavor, none of the punch

Whatever your reason for wanting to reduce your alcohol intake (or avoid it altogether), you can steer clear of cloyingly sweet Shirley Temples and the like, and instead order from a menu inspired by lust-worthy cocktails—without the booze. Indeed, Chicago’s non-alcoholic drinks go beyond ordering soda—each flavor profile is carefully considered to create a completely quaffable beverage, sans liquor. In ... Read More »

The Best of the Beers

Whether from a bottle, can or tap, these are brews you will want to tip back

Beer is a drink for the ages. It doesn’t know season, trend or fad—it is always in style. People as far back as the ancient Greeks enjoyed a good brew. After all, it was the famous philosopher Plato who once said, “He was a wise man who invented beer.” With that in mind, we are more than happy to celebrate National ... Read More »

Springtime Fun at Fremont Chicago

Thanks to monthly changing themes, the River North hot spot is always new again

There’s nothing quite like having your signature spot in the city. That one bar or restaurant you can always count on for a good time. But what if your favorite spot could bring both your top dishes and consistent service, along with a new experience every time you came in? Fremont Chicago {15 West Illinois Street, Chicago; 312.874.7270} is doing just ... Read More »

Chicago’s Must-Try Margaritas

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo and summertime early with these tequila favorites

Whether you like them on the rocks or blended, with salt or without, spicy or sweet, there is no denying the appeal of the margarita. It’s a tried and true classic drink that has fans across the world, but especially in our Windy City. Luckily for cocktail lovers everywhere, today, February 22nd, is National Margarita Day, so there’s no reason ... Read More »

Pisco Sour Month is Sweet at Tanta

Grab a glass of the classic cocktail at the restaurant that knows it best

February is known for Valentine’s Day and being the shortest month of the year, but it also celebrates a very special cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Peru’s signature cocktail comes in a variety of tasty forms, all of which pair well with the spicy Latin fare served at Tanta {118 W Grand Ave, Chicago; 312.222.9700}. The restaurant will be holding a special celebration that lasts ... Read More »

Sit Back and Sit with Tortoise Supper Club

This Chicago classic is the perfect place to spend your weekends and happy hours

There really isn’t a bad season to throw back a few drinks, but during these cold winter months, it’s almost necessary. Gather around the table with friends, family or coworkers for a few cocktails, and before you know it, it’ll be springtime! Luckily, no restaurant is looking out for a freezing Windy City on the cocktail front quite like Tortoise ... Read More »

The No-Fail Wine Gift Guide for the Holidays

Sommeiler Jon McDaniel gives us his top picks for the season

We all come into those situations where you need a bottle of wine and have really no idea what to get—until now! Think outside the box (or ice bucket) and give a unique bottle of wine. Don’t know where to start? Never fear, we have you covered. Jon McDaniel, Corporate Beverage Director for The Gage, Acanto, The Dawson, Beacon Tavern, ... Read More »

Celebrate the Holidays with Geja’s Cafe Champagne Fest

Join Chicago's favorite date spot for their 37th year of celebrating bubbly

Nothing says “celebration” quite like a glass of bubbly! Starting this weekend, and just in time for the holiday season, you can now look forward to three months of celebrating at Geja’s Cafe {340 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago; 773.281.9101} thanks to their 37th Annual Champagne Festival. It all kicks off with a special tasting this Sunday, December 4, starting at 1 PM. It ... Read More »

Water of Life

A taste of Chicago whiskey

Long enjoyed as a winter spirit, whiskey is now experiencing a modern rebirth, with trendy twists on classic cocktails catapulting the spirit into the spotlight year round. Whiskey—commonly spelled “whisky” outside the U.S and Ireland—boasts a long and robust history. Since Prohibition, rye whiskey and bourbon have been increasing in popularity, enjoying the favor of distillers and drinkers alike. Nowadays, ... Read More »

Manhattans Take Over Chicago

Build your own Manhattan at LUXBAR

A Manhattan is a cocktail traditionally made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. In terms of whiskeys, the cocktail can use rye, Canadian whiskey, bourbon, blended whiskey, or Tennessee whiskey. Lest we forget, this classic drink is always garnished with a Maraschino cherry. Sound like your cup of whiskey? However you prefer your classic cocktail, have it your way at LUXBAR {18 East Bellevue ... Read More »