6 Spots for Extravagant Cocktails

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Lost Lake, Photo Courtesy of Shelby Allison

Chicago’s architecture isn’t the only thing that’s photogenic. Here’s 6 must-try spots for over-the-top cocktails.

Douglas Pickett, Concierge, InterContinental Chicago

Get your cameras ready because the Sugar Factory’s over-the-top cocktails are guaranteed to give your Insta followers major FOMO. Upon arrival, their oversized goblets get topped with liquid nitrogen creating a magical scene of smoke.

Jonathan Rettenmier, Concierge, 900 North Michigan Shops

The Berkshire Room’s cock- tail program stands high as the imbiber is probed with a trilogy of decisions. Classic cocktails, barrel-aged concoctions, and a Dealer’s Choice: where you choose the spirit, profile, and glassware and let the cocktailians do the rest.

Bobby Gonzalez, Chef Concierge, Kimpton Gray Hotel

For a fun, tropical oasis of a bar head to Lost Lake. A laid-back place that covers all the tiki bases, make sure to try their eponymous signature cocktail featuring a heady mix of aged Jamaican rum, passion fruit, pineapple, maraschino, and Campari.

Alex Yu, Concierge, Viceroy Chicago

Why not go on an adventure in Wicker Park? Make your first stop The Robey for cocktails with the best view outside of downtown before slipping into the Violet Hour, the “OG” of Chicago’s craft cocktail scene.

John Dillon, Concierge, Langham Chicago

Go cocktailing on a whole new level at The Aviary. The experience is an indulgent one and fine ingredients are used left and right to create cocktails available nowhere else in the world. Their intimate speakeasy downstairs, The Office, is equally impressive.

Judson Corrie, Concierge, Waldorf Astoria

Three Dots & A Dash is a special place for a truly transporting experience. Finding it is like an exclusive scavenger hunt but once inside, a brilliant myriad of tiki-spiked cocktails await and the serious ornamentation is like nowhere else.