10 Concierge-Approved Cocktail Lounges

Zhanna Albertini – Staypineapple Chicago Gilt Bar This sleek and moody spot offers a shareable menu that includes tenderloin steak tartare, truffle pasta, and grilled farm chicken as well as an array of negronis, mules, Manhattans, Martinis, and much more. Alex Abello – Fairmont Hotel Untitled Supper Club Shared plates, whiskey, and live music are...

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Zhanna Albertini – Staypineapple Chicago

Gilt Bar

This sleek and moody spot offers a shareable menu that includes tenderloin steak tartare, truffle pasta, and grilled farm chicken as well as an array of negronis, mules, Manhattans, Martinis, and much more.

Alex Abello – Fairmont Hotel

Untitled Supper Club

Shared plates, whiskey, and live music are the name of the game at Untitled. Updated takes on classic American dishes like green curry mussels and lamb t-bone complement more than 550 whiskeys are offered on the menu.

John Dillon – Langham Hotels

The Office at Aviary

Looking for a truly unique cocktail experience? Cozy up to The Office at the Aviary, where expert bartenders serve up classically inspired cocktails and vintage spirits along with unique bites in a speakeasy setting.

Marcus Hollis – Omni Hotels

Violet Hour

Known for their expertly handcrafted rotating cocktail list and their sophisticated setting, Violet Hour offers pre-prohibition style cocktails with creative names like Travails of the Swamp Thing and Running Out of Runway.

Mat Chapman – JW Marriott Chicago

Ladies Room at Fat Rice

Global flavors, house-made infusions and rare wines make up the taste of Ladies’ Room’s cocktail list. Enjoy an intimate setting while sipping on a cocktail built for one, two, or three people.

Jonathan Rettemnier – Corporate Concierge Services

The Berkshire Room

Located in the Acme Hotel, this lounge offers a variety of specialty drinks and New American bar snacks in a loungey space. Try the Root Cause or one of their barrel finished cocktails like the Old Money.

Luis Torres – The Trump Hotel

Bordel

A hidden gem inspired by Chicago’s Prohibition Era, Bordel offers live performances and an eclectic space with dozens of specially crafted cocktails, porróns, and punches.

Rebecca Starodub – Ritz Carlton Chicago

The Darling

This posh bi-level bar and restaurant boasts modern and classic cocktails and creative fare that you’ll remember forever. Cocktails feature floral designs and garnishes and are delicious to boot.

Shannon Boland – LondonHouse Chicago

My favorite Speakeasy is The Drifter. Tucked under the Green Door Tavern, they are an original prohibition gem with the drink menu presented on Tarot Cards! 

Andrea Behrstock – The Drake Hotel

Speakeasy is a nostalgic word, a throwback to Prohibition, so I have to go with the historic Green Mill. Mondays,  when Patricia Barber performs, is a memorable experience.