4 Can't-Miss Chicago Bars to Check out This Season

By The Editors | January 21, 2020 | Food & Drink

These four tippling spots take imbibing to an exciting new level.

A peek into The Darling

Inventive drinks with subtle nuances delight at Julia Momose’s Japanese-inspired Kumiko. Flights feature a cocktail pour alongside tastings of the intricate sakes and teas she incorporates in the drink, while sophisticated spirit-frees provide a delicious experience for everyone. 630 W. Lake St.

Bar Sótano
Below Rick Bayless’ famous Frontera Grill is a mood-lit mezcalería serving up agave-based cocktails and modern Mexican bar bites. Bar Sótano’s menu takes inspiration from traditional Mexican markets, where items are organized based on flavor profiles. 443 N. Clark St.

The Darling
A shop full of flowers conceals the entryway to the handsome lounge at The Darling—owner Sophie Huterstein was looking to delight and surprise guests from the very start. “I’m a big believer in giving little gifts,” she says. These gifts emerge in part as wonderfully strange, short performances by belly dancers, magicians, trumpet players and vaudeville acts throughout the venue. 905 W. Randolph St.

Wrigleyville’s recent transformation includes upscale spots that beckon to locals as much as visitors. Attached to Hotel Zachary across from Wrigley Field, Mordecai invites fans to soak up game-day vibes while sampling rare bourbon surrounded by vintage baseball decor. 3632 N. Clark St.