Nothing says comfort like indulging in your favorite whiskeys. Chicago doesn’t just have a dazzling skyline and delicious food to offer—it’s also the home of many classic and up-and-coming whiskey bars and restaurants.
Chicago is full of watering holes, some of them hidden jewels waiting to be discovered. As they say, once you’ve found one, you can find more! If you’re planning your next trip to Chicago, you’ll want to drop by these exciting local bars.
From hard-working bartenders to the electric party scene, Chicago has it all. Social Scene has put together a list of some of the best Chicago whiskey bars. You might just find your next favorite haunt!
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1. Rebel & Rye
Location: 726 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
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Rebel & Rye’s menu offers more than 500 whiskeys curated to bring people together. The current selection was inspired by the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion when people joined forces to protect the whiskey tax. Everyone is invited to come as they are: there’s no dress code, nothing fancy, and no judgment. Rebel & Rye’s doors are open for you.
Be there from Monday to Thursday from 5 PM to 2 AM or Friday from 1 PM to 2 AM. They are also open on Saturday from 1 PM to 3 AM and Sunday from 1 PM to 2 AM. For inquiries, call 312-766-4146 or email email@example.com.
Location: 1367 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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Whiskey Business & Fry Bar is not just a bar, but also a restaurant and rooftop located in Wicker Park. Its atmosphere offers a mix of 80s and 90s vibes and it’s sheer heaven for whiskey lovers: they offer 115 varieties on their menu.
Make sure to visit them Tuesday to Thursday from 5 PM to 12 AM, Friday from 5 PM to 2 AM, Saturday from 11 AM to 3 AM, and Sunday from 11 AM to 12 AM. Call 773.698-7362 for inquiries or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 2050 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
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Bourbon On Division is one of the best places to party and drink. It’s a multi-level whiskey bar and music venue and hosts some of the top artists from Chicago and beyond.
They are open from 10 PM to 4 AM Sunday to Monday, and Saturday until5 AM. For bookings and reservations for private events, parties, and even the private bar, call 773-796-5879 or email email@example.com.
Location: 910 W Buena Avenue, Chicago, IL 60613
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The Bar on Buena offers the atmosphere of a European cafe with a global selection of whiskeys and beers. They serve around 300 whiskies, 23 beers on draft, a rotation of 130 wines by the glass and by the bottle, and a full cocktail program.
Their regular schedule is Monday to Friday from 4 PM to AM, Saturday from 11 AM to 3 AM, and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 2 AM. Find out more when you call 773-525-8665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 2524 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL
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Enjoy a farm-to-table experience at The Monkey’s Paw as you choose from a selection of fine whiskey, classic cocktails, boutique wine, and craft beer. They offer small-batch whisky tastings, exclusive brewer’s dinners, and more with a menu built on fresh and artisanal ingredients.
They are open Monday to Saturday beginning at 5 PM and on Sunday at 11 AM for brunch. To find out more, call 773-413-9314 or email email@example.com.
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6. Bub City
Location: 435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
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Bub City is the place to go when you want the best BBQ, whiskey, and live country music in the Midwest. This place gives you a slice of the South with each item on their menu.
Their door is open Monday to Sunday from 11 AM to 8 PM. For questions and inquiries, call 312-610-4200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 3632 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
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The Mordecai is a neighborhood bar and restaurant that combines traditional American classics with reimagined favorites. It offers a seasonal bar where you can find local beer, wine, classic cocktails, and more. The back bar also offers rare bourbon and vintage spirits.
Visit them on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 PM to 11 PM and on Thursday and Friday from 5 PM to 12 AM. They are also open on Saturday from 1 PM to 12 AM. For more information, email email@example.com.
Location: 22 N Clinton, Chicago, IL 60661
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Slightly Toasted’s selection of spirits may be small, but their picks are sure to impress. Along with single malt whiskeys and more, you can enjoy an American menu—stop by on “Whiskey Wednesday,” when most whiskeys are 50% off!
Their bottle shop houses Private Barrel Picks and the rarest bottles in their collection. Catch them open Monday to Thursday from 7 AM to 10 PM and on Friday from 7 AM to 11 PM. To know more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: 1160 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
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Baptiste & Bottle is a bar and lounge offering an amazing bourbon selection and fantastic cocktails. This place is a destination for cocktail-lovers, as well as those who appreciate a comprehensive selection of bourbon and whiskey.
The bar and lounge are open Monday to Wednesday from 3 PM to 12 AM and Thursday to Friday from 2 PM to 1 AM. They’re also open Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 12 AM. To find out more, call 312-667-6793 or email email@example.com
10. Duke of Perth
Location: 2913 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
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The Duke of Perth is bringing the true essence of pub culture to Chicago. They have one of the largest collections of single malt whiskeys in the city, not to mention an amazing beer selection and classic comfort food menu.
For inquiries, call 773-477-1741 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are usually open Monday from 5 PM to 2 AM, Tuesday to Friday from 12 PM to 2 AM, Saturday from 12 PM to 3 AM, and Sunday from 12 PM to 2 AM.
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